The Redemption Camp is becoming a city
According to a post written by Ruth Maclean on theguardian.com, the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God is a self-sufficient city on its own. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Set up 30 years ago as a base for the church’s annual mass meets, as well as their monthly gatherings, Redemption Camp has become a permanent home for many of its followers. “The camp is becoming a city,” says Olaitan Olubiyi, one of the church’s pastors in whose offices Dove TV, the church television channel, is permanently playing.
The redemption camp relies on the government for very little – it builds its own roads, collects its own rubbish, and organises its own sewerage systems. A 25-megawatt power plant with gas piped in from the Nigerian capital serves the 5,000 private homes on site, 500 of them built by the church’s construction company.Sometimes, according to the head of the power plant, the government sends the technicians running its own stations to learn from them.
New housing estates are springing up every few months where thick palm forests grew just a few years ago. Education is provided, from creche to university level. The Redemption Camp health centre has an emergency unit and a maternity ward.
On Holiness Avenue, a branch of Tantaliser’s fast food chain does a brisk trade. There is an on-site post office, a supermarket, a dozen banks, furniture makers and mechanics’ workshops. An aerodrome and a polytechnic are in the works.And in case the children get bored, there is a funfair with a Ferris wheel.
Comfort Oluwatuyi is a food trader in the Redemption Camp market. She says she pays a very low rent for her little lock-up shop and can make up to 10,000 Naira a day in profit – much more when a convention is on. The market formed seven years ago when women in the camp petitioned “Mummy GO” – Adeboye’s wife, Mrs Folu Adeboye – to build it so they would not have to cross the eight-lane expressway every time they needed some tomatoes.
Oluwatuyi’s 10-year-old daughter, Emmanuelle, helps her pour palm oil into plastic bottles and stack potatoes in tin dishes. Emmanuelle and all her siblings were born here. “It’s quite possible for a child to be born in this camp, grow up and be educated here, and then live here,” Pastor Olubiyi says.
It’s quite possible for a child to be born in this camp, grow up and be educated here, and then live here.
Outside the Holy Ghost convention, Redemption Camp has the peaceful surroundings and conveniences of a retirement village – in large part because of the power plant, fed by its own gas pipeline from Lagos, removes the need for the constant thrum of diesel generators.
Let somebody shout Hallelujah !!!