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Getting an opportunity to interview Pastor Taiwo Odukoya is no mean feat, even for the in-house magazine of The Fountain of Life Church! For this self-effacing man of God, there is no need to call unnecessary attention to yourself while in the service of God. But then, attaining the diamond age is no mean blessing for a man who has seen it all in life. So the editorial board of The Fountain magazine had the rare opportunity to interview Pastor Taiwo on what life means as he attains the age of 60. He speaks of the goodness of God to him right from birth until date in this interview with Sylvester Ojenagbon, Niran Adedokun, Toni Kan Onwordi, Iboro Tonye-Edet, Wale Elegbede and Dayo Obadina. Enjoy…

Sixty years! A great landmark worth celebrating! Do you really feel 60?

No! I guess the reason is that the older you get the more you realise there’s a lot more to achieve. I guess that’s why I really don’t feel 60.

So how old do you feel?

Well, I just feel fine.

Has anything changed? Are your knees aching? Do you feel physically and mentally different between then and now?
Basically, I’m beginning to feel the body wanting to slow down a bit. My knees are not aching but my body is telling me I’m no longer as young as I used to be. For instance, I usually overstretch myself on weekends due to the pressure of ministrations and other activities. Before now, I was fine after some overnight rest, but now I realise that is not enough anymore. So the body is telling me something.

Could you share what your growing up years from childhood through teenage years to your young adult life were like with us? Was there anything you and your twin sister did that will forever be fresh in your memories?

One thing I remember is that right from when we were growing up, when she would hurt, I would hurt also. At that time, I was a bit rascally and was often punished for my rascality. She would always cry whenever I was being punished. And when we played, it was usually as if she didn’t know that she was a girl; she would play like a boy. We did a lot of tree climbing together; in fact, sometimes she would climb higher than I did. Of course, we went to the same primary school and were always in the same class.

Read the full text in the (April-June) Vol 8 Issue 2 2016 Edition.

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