CUNAA UK-Europe is one of the most functional CUNAA chapters in the world. This is its history and milestones.
In 2006, Clint Uwadiae, Femi Adeosun and Marion Folorunso hinted that there are a number of CU-Nifes Uniben/UBTH Alumni in the UK and that it would be a great idea to if we could come together to strengthen each other at a time when we were all facing varying challenges and appeared significantly isolated in a foreign land.
Hence, the first CUNAA meeting was held on the 30th September 2006 at 2, Yarrow Close, Worcester. In attendance at the inaugural meeting were: Joy Eribo, Grace Tom-Lawyer, Joseph Urhobo, OgheneKaro Onohwakpo, Femi Adeosun, Kenneth Ajibo, Marion Folorunso, Clint and Tina Uwadiae, Festus and Joy Ighodaro, Osasu and Ekinadoese Ighodaro, Sunkanmi and Bimpe Osunsanmi (Hosts).
Such was the joy that exuded from the gathering that we all agreed to have another meeting in March of 2007 which was hosted by Festus and Joy Ighodaro (in Erith). Since then, we have had meetings hosted by the RCCG City of Favour- Leicester (autumn 2007), Andrew and Andrea Onobrakpeya (Nottingham, Spring,2008), Oghenekaro and Vivien Onohwakpo (Reading, Autumn 2008), Joseph and Omonze Urhobo (Manchester, Spring 2009), Darlington and Evelyn Atomre (Croydon, Autumn 2009), Kemi Ajayi (Newcastle, April 2010), RCCG- Victory parish Sheffield via Clint and Tina Uwadiae (April, 2011), Festus & Joy Ighodaro, Ebere Nwokocha / Pastor Lucky& Jane Onaiwu and his wonderful congregation in London ( 2012 and 2014), and Femi & Dorothy Adeosun (Edinburgh, 2013).
In 2015, we were hosted by the West Midlands local organising committee (LOC) in Worcester. It was the turn of the Yorkshire LOC to host us in Leeds in 2016 and then in 2017 we were hosted by the dynamism of the London/ Kent LOC. In 2018, it was the turn of the Manchester LOC to host the convention and recently in 2019, we were hosted by the LOC in Stoke.
The driving spirit and objective of the group are principally:
- To uphold each other in the fullness of exercising our faith, ministry and career in the UK within the context of our CU(NIFES)-Uniben/UBTH upbringing.
- Secondly, to act as support for alumni brethren around the world: rejoicing with those rejoicing and weeping with those who weep.
- Our third objective is to also serve as a bulwark of support, mentors and resource persons for the mother fellowship in Benin.
- Finally, to help with the furtherance of the gospel of Christ in our actions and words.
Past presidents of the group are: Sunkanmi Osunsanmi, Clint Uwadiae and Festus Ighodaro, Andrew Onobrakpeya, Andrew Egopija. The incumbent president is Niyi Adeoshun.
The following landmarks are worthy of being remembered:
- Our first ever 2-day meeting took place -Newcastle, spring 2010.
- Our first ever invited speaker from Nigeria – Bishop Festus Akhimien -Nottingham, Spring 2008.
- Our first ever 3-day weekend meeting – London 2012 hosted by Pastor Lucky and Jane Onaiwu
- The CUNAA had a first ever “all CUNAA UK-Europe” Sunday service – Worcester 2015- with worship led by Martin Adu.
- The fellowship has had alumni speakers such as Omadeli Boyo, John Emilimor, Omokhoa Adeleye, Simeon Kehinde, Gabriel Okougha, Oghale Olugua, James Nnwabinelli, Dilly Anumba, Festus Akhimien amongst many other prominent men and women of the word.
- The CUNAA UK/Europe had her first bank account opened under the leadership of Festus Ighodaro.
- First ever appointed children/ prayer co-ordinator was Tina Uwadiae at the Leicester meeting.
- First ever appointed Secretary and publicity coordinator was Chiedu Uraih at the Nottingham meeting.
- First ever appointed Financial secretary was Kiki Liley at the Sheffield meeting.
- The Board of Trustees of the organisation was inaugurated at the Manchester 2018 convention.
This is just the beginning. The Church of God in CUNAA (The Fellowship Where Good Things Never Cease!) is on the move.