by Dr. Wole Olarinde Editor-in-Chief
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The Benefits Awards for Missionary Excellence (abbreviated BAME Awards) was instituted in 2006 by Christian Benefits magazine for recognition of outstanding Christian works with a view at encouraging excellent performance in Christian missions or ministries towards the spread of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The BAME Awards is yearly presented to outstanding individuals and ministries in six different categories of Christian missions or ministries as follows:

  1. Christian Music
  2. Christian Drama
  3. Christian Charity
  4. Christian Service
  5. Christian Literature
  6. Christian Entrepreneurship

The BAME awards inaugural presentation was held in 2006 at The Bible Guest House, Palm groove, Lagos with the following people as recipients of the maiden BAME awards.

Christian Charity

  1. Evang. Elishamma Ideh (Christ The Ever Present Ministry, CTEM)
  2. Evang. Blessing Jibuike ( Support Missionary Agency, SUMA)
  3. Rev. Mrs. Dele George (Little Saints Orphanage)
  4. Mrs. Taiwo Olowoyeye (Bethlehem Orphanage)
  5. Mrs. Gift John (The Good Shepherd Orphanage)

Christian Service

  1. Bishop Moses Obaladele (Then PFN National General Secretary)
  2. Bishop Abiodun Olugbenro (Mountain of Solution Ministries Int’l)
  3. Rev.  Yeside Staveley ( Eagles Height Church)
  4. Rev. Tony Akinyemi (The Shepherd’s Flock Int’l Church)
  5. Prophet T.A Aboluwarin (C.A.C Agbala Adura)
  6. Rev. David Adetiloye (The End Time Army Church)
  7. Rev.  David Oyediran (Glorious Vision Church)
  8. Lady Evang. Deborah Abosede (C.A.C Oke Itura)

Shortly after the BAME awards maiden presentation in 2006, a Board of Trustees was constituted to oversee and manage the awards process, nomination and selection. All the Trustees are Associate Directors of Christian Benefits magazine since 2004, and they are as follows:

  1. Rev. Yeside Staveley (Chairperson)
  2. Rev. Tony Akinyemi
  3. Apostle Elishama Ideh
  4. Bishop Abiodun Olugbenro
  5. Bro. Wole Olarinde (Executive Director)
  6. Sister Funmi Olarinde (Executive Secretary)
  7. Pastor Ayo Ayolola (joined the Board in 2007)

Rev. Yeside Staveley, the pioneer chairperson of BAME Trustees, who also doubled as Chairperson, Board of Associate Directors of Christian Benefits (2004-2020), on attaining 70 years old resigned as chairperson of both Boards on the 20th Anniversary of Christian Benefits magazine in 2020. She was succeeded by Rev. Tony Akinyemi as Chairman of the Associate Directors and the BAME Trustees.

While we lost one of the board members, Bishop Abiodun Olugbenro in 2016, Rev. Tony Akinyemi, Evang. Elishama Ideh, Pastor Ayo Ayolola and Wole & Funmi Olarinde retain their positions on the boards and Pastor Phillip Igbinijesu, Apostle Wole Oladiyun, Pastor Taiye Olayemi and Mrs. Tope Oginni were later added as new members of the two boards (Associate Directors and BAME Trustees).

Function of BAME Board of Trustees

 The basic function of the Board is building and ensuring the integrity of the BAME awards by ascertaining the integrity and reputation of BAME Awards nominees.

The Board conducts a thorough check on the integrity, reputation and background of ALL the BAME Awards nominees recommended to the Board by its Executive Director, and then selects/ approves ONLY the suitable nominees for the Awards.



  1. Rev. Joseph Adelakun
  2. Mrs. Deborah Fasoyin
  3. Evang. Grace Oladimeji
  4. Pastor Aity Inyang


  1. Evang. Elishamma Ideh (Christ the Ever Present Ministry, CTEM)
  2. Rev. Mrs. Dele George (Little Saints Orphanage)
  3. Evang. Mrs. Blessing Jibuike (Support Missionary Agency, SUMA)
  4. Mrs. Taiwo Olowoyeye (Bethlehem Orphanage)
  5. Mrs. Taiwo Aiyeleso (Widows Rehab, Ilorin)
  6. Mrs. Gift John (The Good Shepherd Orphanage)
  7. Rev. Martha Ndu (People Living with HIV Rehab)
  8. Evang. Chinyere Ike (Widows Empowerment Ministry)
  9. Bishop Kayode Williams (Prisons Rehabilitation Ministry, PREMI)
  10. Mrs. Agatha Chukwura (Gold Crest Charity Organization)
  11. Pastor Ronke Adekoya
  12. Rev. Ladi Thompson (Macedonia Initiative)
  13. Rev. Israel Ayanwale (Field Missionary/ Missionary trainer)
  14. Mrs. Omolaja Adedoyin (Heart of Gold Hospice)


  1. Dr. Sunny Ojeagbase (Complete Sports)
  2. Chairman & CEO Ray paints
  3. Evang. Lekan Ajao
  4. Pastor Ajani Olutade (Funtade Travels)
  5. Dr. Samson Makinwa (Techo group)
  6. Dr. Mathew Sobiye (Mathmer Group)
  7. Dr. Olumide Emmanuel (Common Sense Group)


  1. Rev. Yeside Staveley
  2. Bishop Abiodun Olugbenro
  3. Rev. Tony Akinyemi
  4. Prophet Peter Olowoporoku
  5. Bishop Moses Oba-ladele
  6. Rev. Dr. David Adetiloye
  7. Pastor Ayo Ayolola
  8. Prophet T.A Aboluwarin
  9. Prof. Charles Ohiku
  10. Bishop Mary Ajisafe
  11. Dr. James Akanbi
  12. Prophetess Margret Adebayo
  13. Evang. Deborah Abosede
  14. Apostle Friday Idawor
  15. Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin
  16. Mrs. Tokunbo Bankole (UK)
  17. Primate Babatunde Ayodele
  18. Prophet Olorunfemi Ejide
  19. Evang. Olukemi Togun
  20. Rev. Mrs. Mercy Sobiye
  21. Bishop Emeka Odigbo
  22. Bishop Chidi Anthony
  23. Pastor Taiye Olayemi
  24. Prophet Ayo Adegbuleru
  25. Apostle Mrs. Amuwo Odofin


  1. Kolade Segun Okeowo


  1. GSAF Devotional
  2. Pastor Yinka Amu (Highway Tracts Ministry)
  3. Pastor John O. Alabi


  1. Deacon Stephen Olarinde
  2. Dr. Tessie Shorunmu
  3. Dr. Kunle Ogedengbe
  4. Mr. Sunday Fadipe
  5. Mr. Kunle Adedeji
  6. Evang. Nath Berenugo (Praise Machine)
  7.  Evang. Edith Ukasanya (Christian Charity)
  8.  Rev. Mrs. Nwachukwu (Christian service)

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