Many years back, the late eighties to be precise, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo baptised me in Hackney in East London, not too far from the humble beginning of the now diverse KICC, on Darnley road, the church he formed. But at that time, he was a leading Pastor at Foursquare Gospel Church London. He never knew me but when he asked of my name and I told him just before immersing me in water, he asked…”are you the one who drew cartoons in Nigeria’s Punch newspapers?” I said yes and everyone laughed. I was an editorial cartoonist in Nigeria before I went to the U.S. to study at the Kubert school in Dover, New Jersey. And back to the baptism, there I was thinking if I had done a cartoon parody of Pastor Ashimolowo since he recognised my name before he immersed me. In Nigeria, I used to sign my cartoons as TAYO FATUNLA and later TAYO and so he recognised my name when I was called out to be baptised. Now, here is the good news, the water immersion went well.
Pastor Ashimolowo dipped me in water…” in the name of the Father, Son and Holy ghost” and brought me back up….phew!!!
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo has done a lot to take Black churches to a another level in the UK communities and internationally from the early nineties. He has a dynamic gift as a Pastor and teacher and roles of mentor, a businessman, and spiritual father. And most importantly, he is a human being…. “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone…” – John 8:7
I celebrate with Pastor Ashimolowo on his 70th.
Written by: TAYO Fatunla