Matthew Ashimolowo was born on March 17, 1952. He is the the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in London. Ashimolowo converted to Christianity from Islam when he was 22 years of age after the death of his father. After his conversion, he enrolled with a Bible school. He was born in Kaduna in the muslim dominated Northern part of Nigeria to Muslim parents. He is the 4th in a family 5 children. His father was a military officer. As Army officer, his father was constantly transferred on official duties and this meant his family was also on the move. His Islamic name was Ahmed. He lost his father to Nigerian-Biafran War. After Matthew Ashimolowo graduated from the Bible school, he began his ministerial work as an Assistant Pastor at the Foursquare Gospel church. He later traveled to the United Kingdom, where he started his own ministry. Ashimolowo is notable for his radio programme called the Winning Ways. His Winning Ways programme is aired on daily basis on Premier Radio (London) and Spirit FM (Amsterdam) and on television in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, TV Africa, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Europe on The God Channel and Inspirational Network. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo’ s Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) is said to have started in the year 1992 with just eleven members in a school hall in the North London. Over time, the membership of the church grew and the church had to move to Hackney town center after which it acquired a building at Mare Street. The building later became too small for the community. KICC is currently housed by another building which situates at 57 Waterden Road. As an author, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo have received accolades for his outstanding books. He won the Nigerian Booksellers Award for Tongues of Fire. He has also won numerous other awards.

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