Dr Kemi Atanda Ilori
Pastor & Founding General Overseer
Dr Kemi Atanda Ilori studied at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife), where he graduated in Dramatic Arts in 1982 and obtained a Master’s degree in Literature in 1985. He lectured at the University from 1983 to 1990 and his early poems were published in Sokoti, Ijala and ISALA at the University. Moreover, the University published his poems, Voices of the Hurricane in 1983. The Association of Nigerian Authors published his Amnestyin 1988. Ilori has published several essays on Nigerian drama and theatre. His books include Wole Soyinka and Other Poems (2014), The Theatre of Wole Soyinka (2017), The Theatre of Ola Rotimi (2017), Chinua Achebe and Other Poems (2017), Enjoying God’s Promises (2020), The Wicked Witch and Other Accomplices – Poems (2020) and The Theatre of J.P. Clark (2020).
Ilori is also an alumnus of the University of Bradford and the University of Leeds, with a doctorate degree in Housing (2012) and another in Performance and Cultural Industries (2016), respectively. Ilori also obtained a Master’s degree in Housing (1998) from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.
He is the Publisher-in-Chief at Universal Books UK and the General Overseer of Living Hope Church with international headquarters in Leeds, United Kingdom, and branches currently in Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Pastor Kemi’s gift is in mentoring believers to take their rightful position in the body of the Lord through faith in His name. His teachings inspire believers to trust God for exceptional breakthroughs and to maintain a close relationship with Him no matter what comes their way.