Emmanuel Etim

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Emmanuel Etim
Born Emmanuel Ishie Henry Etim
(1980-04-06) April 6, 1980 (age 40)
Lagos, Nigeria
Residence Lagos, Nigeria
Occupation Template:Unbulleted list
Spouse(s) Nazarite (According to Pauline Vow)

Chief Ishie Henry Etim (rtd Navy)

Late Veronica Afakghame Etim (died c. 1993)
Signature [[File:Emmanuel Etim Signature|150px|alt=]]

Emmanuel Ishie Henry Etim  (US: noun  \i-ˈman-yə-wəl, -yəl\ \ˈē-shē-ˌē, ˈi-\ \ˈhen-rē\ Easter Sunday April 6, 1980) is the founder and president of Apostle Emmanuel Etim Ministries (AEEM) and the Senior Pastor of Spirit Life International Church (SLIC) with headquarters incorporated in Nigeria.

Before the move into full-time Apostleship, he, previously worked at the United Nations, African Union, promoting human capital and youth empowerment for sustainable development through partnerships with multilateral and bilateral agencies from Australia, North, South and Latin America, Asia, Europe.[1]


Etim was born on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1980 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the eldest of four children born to Chief Ishie Henry Etim and late Mrs. Veronica Afakhame Etim in Lagos Nigeria. He got the name "Emmanuel" because he was born on Easter Sunday by prophetic insight given to his parents.

He grew up in Navy town, Ojo, Apapa Lagos with his younger siblings. He also spent three years of his adolescent years in Calabar, Cross River State.

In his childhood years from 1990 to 1993 following his love for singing, he joined and was an active member of the choirs at the Festac Town parish of Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. It was during 1994 to 1997 while in senior secondary school he got exposed to the Nigerian Youth AIDS Programme (NYAP) through which he engaged as a peer health educator and alongside he established a youth association called Adolescents in Nigeria. Towards the end of his active professional days, Etim served as a Member of the Commonwealth Technical Advisory Panel for the Youth Development Index 2016; the World Health Organization Global Panel on Governance for Health (2016), Thematic Working Group member for the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Pan African Mentor/Partner for the BMCE Bank of $1M Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Awards; Member of the African Union Commission-DREA, Private Sector Platform for promoting Agro Industry and Agribusiness development in Africa.

In December 2013, he was Inducted Fellow of the US Government Department of State, International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) as an alumni of its Young African Entrepreneurship Leaders. He has received numerous awards including the Nigerian Future Awards for Best Use of Advocacy[2] and Best Use of Public Office.

Early life and conversion

Apostle Emmanuel Etim with American Gospel Star-Artist Pastor Donnie McKlurkin during Ghana's 50th Anniversary, year-round celebration.

In March 1988, Etim was involved in a ghastly accident just after returning from a church service with General Superintendent Williams F. Kumuyi held at the Deeper Life Bible Church Gbagada, Lagos. As his body lay on the ground, he claimed to have met with Jesus Christ and there he was commissioned to preach the gospel to the world in like manner as the disciples. His life as an apostle began there.

Growth as an apostle

Apostle Emmanuel Etim with Dr. Myles Munroe ministering together in Kenya 2014.

In 1990, Etim served as a house fellowship assistant leader in one of the home-based bible study groups convened by the Deeper Life Church. Later on, he also joined the St Andrew's Protestant Church Choir in Navy Town in 1990 and would later become a ceremonial conductor. He was inducted as a Communicant at the age of 11 one year after. In the same year he also joined the Presbyterian Church Festac Town Parish Choir where his father was a member of the choir.

In June 1993, he moved with his family to Calabar and enrolled in Estate Secondary School Ikon Ansa Calabar. It was there that he began his career in social engineering and public speaking. While a student at the school, he was involved in Anti-AIDS campaigns which exposed him to international community with his first trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the first African Forum on Adolescent Reproductive Health January 1997. He continued his religious activity between the years 1994 and 1997 as the youngest choir member of the Ishie Town Calabar Parish of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Synod of the South and served in the youth ministry actively in the drama and evangelistic team.

During his time in the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Ishie Town Parish, he was frequently given the platform to exhort the people during special services.

He currently has a television program on a Christian Television network called Hosanna Hour and an outreach ministry program which is aided by audio and various books. He has also hosted and co-hosted different conferences and crusades in Africa.

Emmanuel Etim at age 15 with Babara Riley and a friend at Gateway Hotel, Ota, Ogun State.

Business and professional life

Etim is the Chairman and Group CEO of Cush Business and Investment PLC, the Founder and Executive Secretary of the Pan African Center for Social Development and Accountability, and the Pan African Coordinator of the African Civil Society Platform on Health and also serves on several boards, such as the African Youth Network on Population & Development. East and Southern Africa.   

At national level Etim consulted and served on several Nigerian National government policy-making processes including as resource person to the Presidential Technical Committee[3] on the Niger Delta(2008), The Federal Ministry of Health-National Working Group on Adolescent Health (1999-2001), and the National Committee for the maiden International Year of Volunteers (2003) amongst numerous others.

He founded a social enterprise in 1997 called Adolescents in Nigeria (AIN) [4] under the Cross River State Ministry of Youth and Sports. Few years later, he renamed it the Center for Development Action an Institute for Youth Studies and Development Research. In 2013 he has reformed and reinstituted the organisation into the Pan African Centre for Social Development and Accountability (PACSDA).

First from right; At the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in a group photograph with the Executive Secretary of the UNECA, Dr. K.Y Amoako in Addis Ababa flanked by friends from Cape Verde, Botswana and Ethiopia, 1998.

Consultant at United Nations

He has served a combination of 15 years of high–level engagement at the United Nations from Addis Ababa, Geneva and New York, International Development Organizations; World Bank, African Region and the Africa Development Bank. He was also a member of the UN Population Fund, Executive Director Global NGO Advisory Committee (1998)[5] and Pioneer Chair of the Global Youth Advisory Panel (2004).

Emmanuel at the Ministerial Meeting of Members States of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Dakar Senegal (2004)

Program Manager at African Union

He has served a combination of five years at the UNFPA office to the UNECA and AUC as Youth Specialist (consultant) and later at the African Union Commission as a Senior Programme and Partnership Advisor (consultant) where he primarily was responsible for the conceptualization, operationalization, and resource mobilisation of the African Union Youth Volunteers Corps (AUYVC)[6] and was active in shaping the youth component of the AUC Strategic Plan 2014 to 2017[7]and an inter- departmental working group on youth within the AUC; the Vision 2063 Strategy of the African Union; raising millions of dollars in support of the AUC Youth Programme; the Joint Youth Employment Initiative (JYEI) with the Africa Development Bank, ILO and UNECA including supporting the youth analysis framework of the UN-AUC Ten Year Capacity building programme and Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM).

Emmanuel Etim with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Malawi Francis Kasaila (Middle) at the United Nations, New York 2016.
Ministering in Kenya 2012

Ministry career

At the age of eight, he testified to have met with Jesus Christ in the glorified body, by the laying of hands: he is commissioned with power to heal the sick, cast out devils, raise the dead, work miracles, and teach all to observe all Christ Jesus commands. [Matt 28:19-20].

Traveling extensively throughout the world, Apostle Etim teaches, imparts and demonstrates the power of Christ love and bearing witness to the evidence that Jesus was dead and is alive.              

Personal life

Etim is celibate, following a Nazarene vow. He resides in Lagos, Nigeria. He has 3 siblings.


  • Ministering Unto God in Spirit and Truth (AEEM Music 2015)


No Awards Year
1 Children's Ambassador, Akwa Ibom and Cross River State Government 1996
2 World's Young Leaders, UN Population Foundation 2004
3 Nigerian Youth Awards 2009
4 Best Use of Advocacy, Future Nigeria Awards 2010
5 Excellence in Public Policy, Future Nigeria Awards 2012
6 Emerging Young Leaders Effectively Mentoring Others, Bridge Leadership Foundation 2013
7 Guardians of the Future, Future Africa Awards 2013

Bibliography and publications

  • Deep conversation with the Holy Spirit
  • Discover Yourself
  • Are you Rich or Poor think again
  • Which way Nigeria
  • Setting Priorities-Young Peoples Sexual Health and Rights in Nigeria: The ICPD POA Experience
  • Supplementary youth report
  • ICASA Youth 2005
  • Pre Portugal Report 1998
  • CPP Framework
  • iCPD+10 Delegation Joint Report
  • Globalizing African Youth Activities in SHR Advocacy
  • Young Men and masculinities


  1. European Development Days (2015-06-04), EDD15 - Buzz - Emmanuel Etim - Realising the right to health by 2030, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRVYIBj3xZ8&feature=youtu.be, retrieved 2017-11-25 
  2. "Africa Union to Adopt the Future Awards' Model - Ladybrille® Magazine" (in en-US). Ladybrille® Magazine. 2009-04-21. http://ladybrillemag.com/africa-union-to-adopt-the-future-awards-model/. 
  3. "Report on the Technical Committee on the Niger Delta". Niger Delta Technical Report Volume 1: 124. 2008. http://www.waado.org/NigerDelta/niger_delta_technical_com/NigerDeltaTechnicalReport.pdf. 
  4. Action Health Incorporated (AHI), Action Health Incorporated (AHI) (2002). "A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP FOR ADOLESCENTS' WELL BEING IN NIGERIA". A Documentation of the Process of Convening the First National Conference on Adolescent Reproductive Health, Abuja, Nigeria, January 1999: 61. http://www.actionhealthinc.org/publications/docs/partnership.pdf. 
  5. Stroud, Susan (2012). "Global Leadership in the Youth service field". Global Leadership in the Youth Service Field: The Promise of the International Association for National Youth Service (IANYS): 20. http://www.icicp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Bellagio-IANYS-Conference.pdf. 
  6. http://www.forum-ids.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/youth-volunteering-in-africa-the-case-of-the-au-youth-volunteers-corps.pdf
  7. African Union Commission, African Union Commission (2013). "Strategic Plan 2014-2017". The AU Commission Strategic Plan 2014 -2017. https://au.int/web/sites/default/files/pages/32028-file-the_au_commission_strategic_plan_2014-2017.pdf. 

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