Pastor Agu Irukwu of RCCG Jesus House London chosen as “Britain’s Most Inspirational Black Person” – Competition organized by Mayor of London and Metro

Redeemed Christian Church of God Jesus House London Parish Pastor, Agu Irukwu has been chosen as “Britain’s Most Inspirational Black Person“.

Pastor Agu Irukwu was shortlisted alongside black icons including He was picked from a shortlist that also included current US president Barack Obama, South African freedom fighter and former President Nelson Mandela and African-American icon Martin Luther King.

UK citizens on the 61 candidate shortlist included Diane Abbot, Claudia Jones and Leona Lewis.

The competition was organized by Mayor of London Boris Johnson in collaboration with the popular free Metro Newspaper. According to the newspaper’s website,
The competition takes place during Black History Month, which champions black culture, history and heritage, and seeks to recognise the contribution made by black people to Britain.

While some people are happy with the choice, others including gay rights campaigners are upset as Pastor Agu, a widowed and now remarried father of 3 has publicly stated his view on homosexuality by sending a letter to a national newspaper attacking laws which force churches to accept gay people.

In the end, despite the controversy, Pastor Agu won by a landslide – with 54% of votes.

Source: METRO
Photo Credit: Ben Fitzpatrick

74 Comments on Pastor Agu Irukwu of RCCG Jesus House London chosen as “Britain’s Most Inspirational Black Person” – Competition organized by Mayor of London and Metro
  • BubblyBliss October 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Yay!!!!!!! Congrats to him

    • Ikenna11 November 1, 2011 at 1:18 am

      Anybody that says not to gays and lesbians is not my friend. Shikenah!!

      • diamond November 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

        why would you say so? homosexuality is a distortion of nature. if everyone should turn gay, then the world would end because production will stop. maybe then, evolution would turn us into something else!

    • Granville Moorhouse June 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Pastor Agu Irukwu for Prime Minister…Amen and Amen!

  • Ada October 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    yayyyy go Pastor Agwu!!

  • teeno October 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    God be praised for the life of Pastor Agu.

  • partyrider October 31, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Good works of God always attracts opposition, so ride on Sir! May God continue to use you to win souls.

  • gyann October 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Good for him. Congrats Pst. Good to stand for what you believe in no matter what people feel or think. May your light keep shining through.

  • Feelitx October 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Congrats to you. We are in need of more role models.

  • Qaudron October 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Apologies, but utter rubbish, not because he might not be a distingushed man of God, i dont knw and i dont judge him. But the nomination was so flawed, putting the likes of Mandela and Barrack Obama and him in the same context is just absurd. The metrics of choosing who was part of the mix was without any base, it was like Boris johnson and his team, just put the names of the black people that came to their heads. As far as i am concerned blacks in the UK lack inspirational leaders and whatever Obama or Mandela or MLK might have done elsewhere seems to have little or no effect. Pastor Agu might have done his bit for the Kingdom, but him being the most inspirational black person in britain, i really beg to differ.

    • Chi-ka October 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Oya, if e vex u plenty, go to Britain and tell them all this one that you are venting here hahaha. Park well ooo…mscheewww

    • MsLuffa October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      I have to say the reporting leaves a lot to be desired. Not much information on why he is the most inspirational black person. Nothing has been said about the millions of people him and his ministry reach in the UK, or his charity work (also UK and international), doesn’t mention anything about his mentoring of young people, and his leadership qualities.
      I get black history month and I see the value it may have to some people, but I do think a lot of it is tokenistic- not often do you hear about awards recognising the most inspirational white person in Britain… But hey, I guess this is a way of highlighting some of the every day inspirational people who touch the lives of many. Perhaps now, PAI would reach more people.
      It’s worth appreciating some acknowledgement of positive role models and not rubbishing them.

      • Chi-ka October 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm

        @MsLuffa, you hit the nail on the head – “…everyday people who touch the lives of many…”. I think that’s the whole point…:)

    • Keddi October 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Perfectly said, mirrored my sentiments ,while I have no doubt in his inspirational qualities,such comparisons are definitely absurd…..Mandela, Obama, Mlk….really?……o well Britain must find it’s own Black African inspiration,that truly transcends our time, the 3 aforementioned spent their whole lives standing for their dreams, very impactful in the lives of others I must say, so if one does not attend this pastors’s church how is he inspirational to all and sundry……………… ur comment Qaudron, aren’t religious leaders in their very nature inspirational?…..

      • Faith October 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm

        It is very obvious you have not researched or do not know who Pastor Agu is. Pastor Agu does sooooo much more than preach. He helps the poor in the Barnet Area and so many other places in London. He encourages church members to give to the community in so many different ways.
        Even he said, it’s ridiculous to put him in the category of Obama and MLK. I think, he grossly underestimates his effect on the people of his church and the work he does.
        I am a black girl living in London and yes, I have been to his church a couple of times. As someone that is struggling with believing in religion and spirituality, Pastor Agu has probably not touched my live the way he has done others.
        I can, however say he has touched my life way more than Obama has done. As someone living in the United Kingdom, all Obama did for me was for the 2 seconds, maybe people of other races thought I was not inferior to them.
        It is like watching an inspirational movie, and for some days, you marvel at the effect of the movie on you and a month goes by and you can’t even remember the name of the movie.
        That has been Obama’s effect on me.
        Pastor Agu, on the other hand, for the very few times I have been in his church, I have been reminded of the goodness that still lies in humans. He makes me have faith, I am not even sure if the faith is in God, but it is a faith in something bigger than myself or any human.
        I am not saying that Obama or any other person has not done much for the black race. They have. I just don’t think they have affected the life of many British people or they hold much influence in life in the United Kingdom.

        Go to Jesus House and see how Pastor Agu affects people’s lives. It seems a bit like hero worship, which makes me skeptical but if it is about influence, Pastor Agu has it. Maybe not as much as the other people in his category, but he does.
        It was a public vote anyway, so it either means he has loads of people rooting for him or idle people constantly voting. Either way, that’s a lot of influence for a relatively unknown person to wield.

      • fokasibe November 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

        This one’s for Faith right above this comment ^^^ WHERE IS THE LIKE BUTTON!! DANG!!! You really act your name FAITH…Keep it real sis!

    • Bis October 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm

      Why the anger?? It title was not “world’s most inspirational black person” it was “Britain’s most inspirational black person”
      Obama, Mandela, Martin Luther King…etc just don’t affect people’s daily lives in Britain as Pastor Agu Irukwu does. Simple Truth !

    • eazzie October 31, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      I totally concurrr…absolute garbage..the only reason he won was because it was announced in all of thier churches around the world and everyone who had someone in UK made thier people vote!!!! overhyped trash!!!

    • Ronnie October 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      I agree with you Faith. I’m not a regular member of Jesus house but the few times i’ve been there, God has touched my life through the pastor. The last time i was there, they were celebrating older people in the community which touched me. So many people neglect the older age group to nursing homes and i feel they’ll have felt special after the program. I believe a pastor winning this award can be positive and negative. Positive if his contributions to the community are emphasized and negative when it praise is given to him and not God.

    • majo November 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

      good point. i was thinking the same thing. Martin Luther King? shouldn’t the list have been restricted to BRITISH or British residents at the least? wow. they really just threw out all sorts of names there. Suprised they didn’t list nnamdi azikiwe

    • MumyZee November 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      *singin ..When Jesus says Yes…Nobody can say No…hehehehe

    • chiki baby November 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      My sentiments exactly

    • OmogeCroydon May 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      I dont understand the metrics of the shortlist. really putting Obama and Nelson Mandela on it does not make sense. Perhaps a nomination that’s for ‘ Most influential black person in the UK’ alone will make a fairer statement of nominations and subsequent award. He is no doubt and extremely influential figure. Well liked, ariticulate and a role model that several others aspire to.

  • kiki23 October 31, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Glad that he stood for what he believed in! Commendable!

  • aw October 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    My pastor! Whooop Whooop

  • Chi-ka October 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Yes oooooooooooooo! I looooooooove Pastor Agu. He’s been to my church (Jesus House Baltimore) a number of times and trust me, he’s a man you want to listen to! Haters gon hate, but it will not change anything o! Go pastor! Whoop whoop!!!

  • Sade October 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Woohoooooo! Go PAI! Go PAI! #ProudDaughter

  • sett October 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    another popularity contest

  • Brent Cross reppin October 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Congratulations to Pastor Agwu!!! He really deserves it. I know from personal experience that he has impacted london as a whole immensely. And he actually was so humble about the whole experience inchurch this week. Go Jesus House!!!

  • hghg October 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    My pastor,i remember the days of finchely central.Big up Sir.I trust you no one can hold u down you would always stand for the truth.About time we christians held some key positions.

  • rosellar October 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Good mention for Nigeria!

  • Ralph Olurotimi October 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Kudo to Pastor Agu, a great, passionate of leader of our time. He desreves this by God’s grace. He stands solidly for what he believes in and that’s a great asset of leadership. Ride on, man of God

  • Nia October 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Let’s not forget, this is all God’s doing and it is all for his glory. We pray that this vote will get people interested and lead more souls to Christ and London will once more belOng to God. Amen

  • Mike October 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    All critics-Quadron n co.,abeg park well or drive enta if he no deserve am dem go give am ni abi u tnk say na evrybdy get corruptn 4 blood. Cant u just appreciate ur own instead of calln anoda person. Una dey relatd 2 mandela or obama ni…thumbs up pastor,make haterz vex con collect am 4 ur hand…ptteeww!

  • udochukwu October 31, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    congratulation pastor,may God give his wisdom in jesus name Amen.

  • keri October 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    congrats sir!

  • byi October 31, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    He is doing alottt.. God bless him!! Quadron its obvious you are cluelesss…
    he is very involved in the upcoming Olympics e.g through donations of beds to athlete families in Christian homes, campaign for funds to help the helpless, prayer units et al
    he’s involved in decision making with politicians to encourage Christian values in politics..
    and sooooooooo many collaboration with government to help vulnerable, less priviledged people…WELDONE PASTOR AGU< REMAIN BLESSED

  • TimiNYC October 31, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Its amazing how most Nigerians reason like chicken. You can’t compare the likes of Barack Obama, MLK, Mandela to Pastor Agu……..common. These are people that have inspired generations and will still inspire generations to come. Whatever criteria his selection was based on needs to published openly. Or maybe only Nigerians voted as the UK has a lot of them. And for a lot of y’all on here, stop being sentimental and be realistic for once in your life. The more reason Nigeria is still the way it is…………

    • Me November 1, 2011 at 2:52 am

      Lol. The kettle calls the pot black. You have lost all credibility by spitting insults like a loose cannon. Just because Obama and Mandela are known all over the world, that does not make them the most inpirational in all the countries of the world. Obama might be well known in Britain that does not mean he is the most inspirational. Obama does not fly to britain every day to help or associate with the common british man, woman and child does he? The pastor works with the people directly and is well known enough and appreciated enough that the prince himself celebrated his birthday in the church he pastors (regardless of the fact that the royal family is not pentecostal). Of course this is all possible because of the grace of God. You can also think about it this way: majority of South Africans will find Mandela more inspirational than Obama, majority of Americans will find Obama more inspirational than Mandela, majority of Niger Deltans will find Ken Saro wiwa more inspirational than Obama/Mandela. It all depends on who they have relatively direct contact with\exposure to.

    • Tony November 1, 2011 at 8:12 am

      And have i seen u improved anything? Dont bring comparism to this, the fact that Obama did what eva they did to remain relevant doesn`t mean that others are not doing enough to come up. Obama, MLk and Mandela was then, and pastor Agu is now…celebrate him, cos he might be the next big thing.

    • November 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Barack Obama,MLK, MAadela all started somewhere and Pastor Agu did just that and Britian has recognised him. so what is your headache. take cain flog BN for comparing or delete the recognition with ur delete botton. Simply appreciate sucess when you see one and yours will come someday. bad belle no pay o

  • deka o October 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    my pastor Agu Irukwu…i love him.. i live in NY ..but when i go to london..i go to his church….

  • bukioni October 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Congratulations Pastor Agu! That’s a big look for Jesus House #RCCG rep the hardest

  • Purpleicious Babe October 31, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    My pastor has always talk ed about him…(in a prestigious way)..

    This is the 1st time I am seeing his face…

  • Abi October 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats My Pastor. God bless and continue to increase you. A well deserved Honour……this man serves as an inspiration not only to his church members but to the entire community….. for people who dont know and dont understand why he deserves it pls go do some research.

  • True November 1, 2011 at 1:45 am


  • k.jay November 1, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Wow! dat’s awesome hey! I’m so proud dat da church is having such a great influence. the best is yet to come…. God bless RCCG!

  • Alice in wonderland November 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Congrats to him… I’ve never been to Jesus House london but I’ve heard him preach before and read about the social work Jesus House does in London…more importantly…i love the fact he still stands on the word of God…death to the homos!!!! lol. jokes. But seriously, homos should repent so that they don’t face eternal condemnation.

    Anyone who is unhappy should go and hit their heads against the wall 7 times to register their displeasure. 🙂

  • sakara November 1, 2011 at 8:34 am

    GBU man of God…haters eat ur heart out

  • fokasibe November 1, 2011 at 8:48 am


  • tbn November 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Kudos to pastor Agu, he’s truly a man to listen to. He’s bEen to my church Jesus house Abuja and his teaching was inspitational. What I don’t get is the addition of Obama, Nelson Mandela and MLK on the nomination list of Britains inspirational people, these are clearly citizens of other States who live in their own countries and can barely be said to have done inspirational work in Britain. The list should have been restricted to British citizens living in britain doing inspirational work in Britain. I think this is part of what has made pastor Agu win this award.

  • Lue November 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

    now everybody is forming familiarity………..”my pastor”…..mtchewww
    i sure some ppl are jst seeing/hearing bout him for the first time.

  • Queen E November 1, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Pastor Agu! Congratulations!!! Not everyone can be happy about your recognition, but i am!!! and @ ikenna11 – anyone who doesn’t condone gay and leasbians is my friend…shikenah!!!

  • iya oloja November 1, 2011 at 10:17 am


  • Taiwo November 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Congratulations Pastor, you are the best!!!!!!!! You’ve shown and taught me what a true Christian is. May the Lord continually grant you favor in Jesus name.

  • Mariaah November 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I have been under his teachings (F.O.L) a number of times and he is wonderful. Those of you saying he shouldn’t be compared to the other people on the list should take a chill pill… Its a UK thing, he has actually “inspired” people who voted (dem neva even take eye see Obama or Martin Luther) but this Man has once said “hello”, “leave street gangs” “stop knife crime” “get an education” inspired people and he shouldn’t win?? Ca’man…
    Go Pastor!! God bless you!!

  • nonny November 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats Pastor!! A true follower of Christ will always be the salt and flavor of the earth..His Light will 4eva shine!!! no need for arguements/controversies..He has touches lives and changed lives…do same!!!

  • Odior November 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Why the trashing comments? When a Pastor affects one person he has affected that person’s immediate community. They pple he speaks to will definatey affect their communities…..If it was a musician that won some pple here will almost die of heart attack. I am excited a man of God won this title.

  • Ujumama November 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm


  • Peter Orubebe November 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Obama inspires people all over the world for his brazen will to believe and dare. The name Obama’s mentioned and what comes to mind is the belief in the ability of man to become whatever he chooses to if he so desires; inspirational?, definitely yes. Mandela is for me the ONLY African leader till date who elected to elevate nationhood and his people above the trappings of ‘self’ by doing the unthinkable; how he didn’t turn his country into a monarchy with himself as sole king after suffering all he did for all of 27 years is both sensational and inspirational. MLK lived to see his people liberated; his famed ‘I have a dream’ speech encapsulated the fundamentals of a liberated society envisioned by one man in the face of extreme prejudice and injustice; he hoped and it came to be. Very inspirational, yes, but there are tons of people who would care less about who these people are. Reasons would suffice to explain why they don’t think so much of them too.
    People inspire on different levels. The happenstance of this Pastor emerging as Britain’s most inspirational black person should not be ridiculed, doubted or taken with a pinch of salt. To the many voters who elected him, he would have impacted their lives in such a way the three aforementioned personalities wouldn’t have. That’s what true inspiration is about.

  • itk November 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    This is huge! Congrats Pastor Agu – Granted they prolly shouldn’t have grouped him with the likes of Obama, Mandela and MLK – but not because he’s not worthy but because the others are not in Britain or British – so irrelevant in my opinion – it’s like comparing Oprah to Mo Abudu or any other famed talk show hosts in Nigeria and asking to pick one or grouping Fashola and Obama- clearly the choice should be local – – anyhoo Congrats Pastor! keep inspiring – i’m glad a religious leader won – YIPPEE!!!

  • Temi November 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Everyone has opinions and people can disagree but the man already has his award, which I am sure he’s not even focusing on right now LOL

  • Precious November 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Sorry to burst your bubble Eazzie, but the truth is, by the time ”all the Churches had heard” he was already the clear winner…long before the whole thing ended. Besides, the Award is for most Inspirational year 2011, not for all lifetime. Take a minute to recognise what people voted for. They voted for What he believes in and by extension, Who he believes in: which is, Jesus Christ. His belief in Christ makes him who he is. Real people are fed up with the hype. They want the Real thing…and it ain’t coke! Up Jesus, Up Pastor Agu, Up Britain.

  • Aaliyah Dimple November 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Awww…..So happy for you Pastor!!!
    Thanks for doing us proud…
    U’re the best.

  • T Benjay November 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    More Grace,more annointing in Jesus’ name.Greater heights shall u reach to the shame of the enemy.U have paid ur dues sir all d way from freedom hall Apapa en route leicester square via acton stopping over at Finchley,moving on to Brent cross and I can see u reaching the glorious final stop.You will finish strong in Jesus’ name. AMEN! Agape.

  • MEME November 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Love Jesus House and Love the Pastor.

  • Miz cee November 2, 2011 at 12:13 am

    this is part of the miracle from the recently held festival of life. Pastor Agu congratulations,as earlier said when Jesus says yes who can refute him. this is just the beginning true Christians are taking over join the army or be a spectator

  • Pinkie November 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I dont knw nd hav neva seen Pastor Agu, but wt caught my attention is him standing firmly 4his belief against homosexualism even in d face of evident opposition…He is a true man of God nd i’m sure he has touched d lives of many in ways dat cant be fathomed!! Go Pastor Agu! Keep shining 4 Jesus!!

  • KAE November 3, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Congrats Pastor, God continue to bless you and fill you with heavenly wisdom.

  • Watchman November 9, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Pastor Agu is my pastor and spiritual father. While I don’t doubt that the likes of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King are obviously juggernauts in the historic fight for black freedom and recognition, I have to say that PAI is truly a great man. He’s not great because of his ability to inspire and lead. Neither is he great because of his effortless charisma and integrity. He is not great because of his heart for people and neither is he great because of his principled lifestyle.

    What marks the greatness of PAI is his humility and someone greater than all of us has acknowledged that. That someone is God Almighty, who has brought child of his from relative obscurity to this level of recognition. He has been faithful with a little and now God has opened the way for much more. Nobody is talking about the difficult start to ministry for PAI. Neither is anyone talking about his faithful stewardship of resources throughout the years.

    How many of us will turn our backs on the financial support of a wealthy benefactor and lucrative career to answer God’s call? How many of us will trust Goe through the hard days of only a handful of church members in a sitting room somewhere in London? How many of us carry a burden for the salvation of London like PAI consistently does? The answer is not many. God looked down and decided it was time to elevate this faithful son of his. He has been faithful with a little and now God is paving the way for more.

    I think we are in danger of missing the whole point of this award. I personally don’t believe it has much to do with PAI. This award is to the glory of God. Yes it’s true that we cannot forget the heroes of the part but the One who sees the future brought this award from nowhere and perhaps is orchestrating the start of a national revival by turning attention back to Him.

    Who knows what God is yet to do through the life of His faithful servant. We may yet see a glorious revival in the UK because of the direct and indirect input of PAI. Now that would be an amazing feat. Could a nationwide realisation that Christ is the answer to their societal ills spark off a chain of events that could ripple across Europe? Perhaps I’m only dreaming. Perhaps we all think it’s impossible. But let’s not forget that nothing is too hard for God. If the UK turns back to God through a revival spearheaded by PAI under the authority of Christ then it would be difficult to compare such an achievement with what the likes of historical greats may have achieved even in their prime. I appreciate that for now this is all speculation but when it comes to the things of God, I like to think big.

    So while I doff my hat to PAI for what is undoubtedly a stellar achievement, I expectantly look forward to what God has in store for us through this faithful servant leader son of his. Besides, no award really matters when we come face to face with our Maker. At that point, all we would want to hear is: “well done, good and faithful servant”. We can either join in on the divine plan and pray for a fellow child of God in PAI or we can join the critics n dragging his name through the mud.mthe choice is yours. That’s my take.

  • tolu November 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

    yay so happy 4 u pastor Agu i miss Jesus House and this is God’s doing He is taking Jesus House to a whole new level and i pray He continues to give u the grace and determination to serve Him more than ever before u r truly blessed sir. Congrats

  • OmOba November 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    We must elevate our mentality all round! a big congratulations to Pastor Agu and all who have worked with him and supported him along the way. This genuinely a big achievement and significant whichever way you look at it.

    But why do we think that because Agu is not American he can somehow be devalued? I am disappointed with all those posts that say Agu has not done much for the Black personality? Why ? what did Barack Obama do to merit the Nobel Peace Prize? But now just because a homeboy has the audacity to stand up and be counted amongst the giants some people feel they must belittle him? Well I am sorry that your mentality is still shrouded in a colonial mist.

    But for Dimkpa Agu……..well done and here’s to more recognition in the future!

  • Michael December 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Watchman I must doff my hat to you for describing this so beautifully(I know PAI’s story really well) and Faith thanks for speaking from the heart. God bless you both immensely.

  • OlaRufai June 4, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I believe the nominees to this type of award should be limited to British or Londoners. I am pretty sure there are people in Britain or London that could have been added to the list alongside Pastor Agu. This is not a world award and I wonder why the likes of Madiba; Dr King and Obama should be mentioned in the London Mayor’s award. These are the people that fought for and motivated hundreds of millions of people around the world including Agu himself. The London mayor could not have being of a sound mind to have compared these world black heroes to Agu. In any case, I congratulate you Pastor Agu. Keep up the good work.

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