THE BOARD Chairman of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Rev. Ismaila Hansmittson Awudu has advised the youth of Ghana not to be interested in instant gains but rather work hard because the former crushes destinies.
Rev Ismaila, who doubles as the Head Pastor of International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Yahweh Temple branch, East Legon said pain is part of the development process of human life, but the youth of today do not want to sacrifice their lives for tomorrow’s gain.
He was speaking at his 50th birthday and 20th wedding anniversary celebration at the Yahweh Temple auditorium last Saturday.
The man of God said men who endure hardship, pain and sacrifice in life live to reap gains in the future adding that the youth of today would not have anything of that but want to be rich in the shortest possible time.
Speaking to guests and congregants made up of fellow clergy men, politicians, musicians and others, Rev Ismaila described his life as that of a ‘survivor.’
He said there was a time in his life that, “I was a driver’s mate, banker-to-banker lotto operator, mechanic apprentice, truck pusher who couldn’t afford test books and suffered from a snake bite.”
“Seeing me today means some people had sacrificed and contributed their all for my education, ministry and my conversion from Islam to a Christianity,” he said.
Pointing to some key factors that contributed to his success, he mentioned his unwavering faith in God, selfless service to people, determination to spring forth from the financially challenged family, discipline, respect for human beings and above all valued friendship.
Some dignitaries at the event included, the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, John Boadu, the Paramount Chief of the Elembele Traditional Area, founder of Medi Moses Prostrate Centre, old students of Nungua PRESEC, old students of Teshie PRESEC, old students of Ada Training College, clergy men, friends, congregants and renowned gospel musicians.
Born on March 25, 1970 at Cantonment to Muslim parents, Rev. Ismaila Hansmittson Awudu became a staunch Muslim for 25 years until converting to become a Christian in 1994. He began to explore his faith and became a lay preacher in secondary schools and finally started full time ministry in 2006.
His love for football saw him play with the current Black Star Coach, C K Akonnor and a former Black Star goalkeeper, Richard Olele Kingson.
Rev Ismaila started his elementary education at Nungua ATTC then to Nungua Primary E and moved to the north for junior high school. He came back to the south to continue senior high school at Nungua Presbyterian Senior School, Form three to Form four and continued Form five at Teshie Presbyterian Senior School then to Ada Training College.
He added that from the training college, “I went to Central University College to study Theology, proceeded to University of Professional Studies, Accra to read Masters in Philosophy in Global Leadership and currently a PhD student with Walden University, Minneapolis in the United State of America.”
The couple owns businesses such as J’s Cake and Floral Décor, Hans Security Services, Hans Pro Consult, Hans Logistics and Fresh Laundry Services.
The Accident Victim Support Foundation, Old Students of Nungua PRESEC, the Apenteng Family and a host of others presented plagues and citations to honour him for his selfless leadership and motivation to society.
Rev. Ismaila is married to Mrs. Josephine Ismaila Awudu. The couple also used the occasion to renew their 20-year marriage vows.