PASTOR TOBI ADEGBOYEGA
“It IS COURAGE THAT LEADS.
There's a difference between hunger and intelligence. A leader has courage to dare to do things differently, not caring what others will say.”
PASTOR TOBI ADEGBOYEGA
One of the key things very few of us are taught in life, is how to locate a platform or how to build one. Pastor Tobi Adegboyega has built a global platform, Nation Family formerly known as SPAC Nation, on one thing alone - faith. Originally of Nigerian descent, Adegboyega arrived in the United Kingdom in 2006 with nothing but the clothes he was wearing, his last £50 in his pocket and plans to pursue Law in the United States of America. Adegboyega quickly understood that platforms aren’t willingly given out and that many societal issues such as crime, poverty and lack are simply down to the fact that people are looking for a lifestyle or have never been introduced to one. Within every community, he has and continues to locate the young people there that are deemed to become nothing or are labelled ‘problematic’ and in turn, shapes them into becoming global leaders and shows them an alternative lifestyle.
As plans to study Law dwindled, Adegboyega believes that he didn’t truly understand what to do with young people until 2016. He learned that to reach young people, it’s important to understand their greatest visions and fears. Reigning platforms and many notable initiatives are unable to connect with young people and have little to no impact simply because they do not understand how they think. Nation Family was created as a result of an existing platform given to him - one that clearly no longer sufficed. A new way of thinking was required.
What’s needed to start a platform isn't money - it’s a mindset. What we are able to see today is as a result of what Pastor Tobi Adegboyega believed over a decade ago. Vision is what makes you sure of your future. Leaders must be able to see what others cannot. He understood that that building requires time, patience and resilience. In 2005, at the age of 25 years old, Adegboyega, whose family upbringing isn’t one of financial struggle, chose to work as a kitchen porter living in Peckham, South London, earning just £400 per month of which he consistently gave away £270 each month to be able to support a number of people and organisations within his community - a philosophy he hasn’t once stopped or compromised on over the last 15 years. Adegboyega devoted his life to giving his time and his money for a progressive cause. Today, a long way away from Peckham, Adegboyega continues to give sacrificially towards the work of building new world leaders and moulding lives until they become something.
"A LEADER'S EYES ARE THEIR MIND."
The problem usually begins with the lack of opportunity, knowledge, exposure, finances and role models available within our communities. What’s more is, the lack of opportunities often shapes the mind so drastically that when a genuine opportunity is given, it’s ridiculed - often by those that have long given up or have never been given one. Now more than ever, leaders are needed globally, and true leaders are born in crisis. Without problems, there’s no real way of becoming anything significant. Crisis demands a new way of thinking about old problems which is exactly what Pastor Tobi Adegboyega has pioneered with the Nation Family platform.
Pastor Tobi Adegboyega has created a lifestyle for hundreds of thousands of young people around the world. Many young men choose a life of crime, selling drugs and incarceration because they are looking for a lifestyle. The only thing able to stop them is an alternative one where they are shown that they can have the lifestyle they are after, without selling illegal substances or carrying out various criminal activities.
"THE IDEA OF CHANGING THE WORLD LOOKS BIG AND GRAND.
It’s just a project of faith that leads to something that’s never been seen before."
One of the first young people who lived with Pastor Tobi Adegboyega is Pastor Samuel Akokhia. At the age of 17 years old, he was sentenced to three years in prison for armed robbery. After serving his sentence, he came out of prison and was put under the mentorship of Adegboyega in 2010 by his mother. Akokhia was given exposure into a life where he could achieve more than he had ever thought of himself, without having to carry out the activities he would have previously resorted to, prior to meeting Adegboyega. Your mind will not usually function beyond those that lead or guide you. Akokhia was the first mentee of Pastor Tobi Adegboyega who followed his pattern of EDCs, where he too began to house other young people. Now at 29 years old, he is one of the two senior pastors of the Nation Family and houses 18 people.