Uma Ukpai (born January 7, 1945) is a Christian leader, evangelist, and preacher from Nigeria.[2][3][4][5][6][7]: 234 [8][9][10]: 292 [11]: 4 [12] He is the founder and president of Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association (UUEA),[2][5][13][14] a nondenominational gospel ministry based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.[3][15][16][8][10][17]

Uma Ukpai
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Uma Ukpai
Personal details
Birth nameUma
Born (1945-01-07) January 7, 1945 (age 76).
Asaga, Ohafia Abia State.
ResidenceUyo, Akwa Ibom
SpousePhilomena Uma Ukpai (m. 1975).[1]
OccupationChristian Leader, Evangelist, Preacher.


Early lifeEdit

Born in Asaga, Ohafia, Abia State,[7][6] Uma Ukpai converted to Christianity 1958.[15][1] He lost his father to death at the age of 10.[2] Uma Ukpai describing how his early life challenges nearly impaired his career development remarked “I know what it means to lose a father and be a father from that age. I know what it is to save money to pay school fees. So, I have feelings for the poor. I learnt early enough to know that the stone Satan throws at you can become a stepping stone.”[2]

Education and QualificationEdit

He attended Uma Ukpai Memorial Primary School, Asaga, and Khana County Council School, Ogoni. Uma passed through All Saints Secondary School, Aba, and Niger Delta Technical School, now Boys Technical College, Aba. Uma Ukpai graduated from the School of Journalism and Television, Frisham, Hermitage, United Kingdom; South Florida Christian College Miami, Florida, USA; Carolina Christian University and Burke Bible College, Kentucky, USA. He holds a Certificate in Electrical Engineering Practice, a Diploma in Journalism, a Bachelor and Doctorate Degrees in Divinity.[3][7]


Uma is married to Philomena Uma Ukpai, a pastor. Their marriage produced 8 children and an adopted child. Uma Ukpai lost 2 of his children in a car accident on the same day.[18][1][5][19]: 116 


Uma Ukpai is called to build bridges between different denominations through his evangelistic, prophetic and crusade ministry.[15][20][12][21] For more than 30 years, the ministry has run a medical outreach whilst doing the work of God.[22][17] Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association, UUEA, is one of the financiers of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, (PFN).[13][14][23][24]


Uma Ukpai has held many citywide crusades all over Nigeria. At present he holds a yearly crusade, Greater Ohafia For Christ Crusade and Anioma One-million Man Crusade, 2016,[25] Nsukka 2012,[26]: 73  and Greater Ibadan for Christ 1982.[5]<[25][2][3][16][9] It was his Greater Lagos for Christ Crusade of 1985 that gave birth to the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).[24][13][14][3][15][27]: 99 

Medical OutreachEdit

Uma Ukpai is the chairman of Uma Ukpai Eye Centre, and King of Kings Hospital, a specialist hospital in Abia State,[28][29] that services communities in Abia, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States.[2][3]

Academic InstitutionsEdit

He is the proprietor of Uma Ukpai School of Theology and Biblical Studies, Uyo,[30] Uma Ukpai Polytechnic Asaga, Uma Ukpai Scholarship Foundation and Joseph business school, affiliate of Joseph business school Chicago, USA.[17][2][31][15][6][16][8]


  1. ^ a b c "Exclusive Interview With Rev. Dr Uma Ukpai". The Comfort Zone. February 22, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "UMA UKPAI EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION INC Showcasing God's love and boundless possibilities". Sunday Oguntola. April 24, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Victorious Army Ministries perfect plans for 2014 Bethel Victory Convention". Encomium. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Pastors that are poor were not called by God – Uma Ukpai". Wale Odunsi. December 20, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "I lost two kids in one day while saving my wife Rev. Uma Ukpai". Sam Eyoboka. December 11, 2009. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "OHAFIA MONARCHS PAY A COURTESY VISIT TO REV. DR. UMA UKPAI ON BEHALF OF DR. OLUGU UKPAI". Kalu. August 16, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Femi Adelegan (April 2013). Nigeria's Leading Lights of the Gospel: Revolutionaries in Worldwide Christianity. WestBow Press. p. 234. ISBN 978-1-4497-6954-3. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai". Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. December 13, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "How World on Fire Mission Started". By Rev Emmanuel Neba. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Divine In Humanity: Pathway To Experiencing the Presence of God" (PDF). Frank C Ogbodo. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "The Nations Prayer Watch Initiative: Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai". 2012–2013. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c "Nigeria: PFN Relocates to Own Secretariat". Sam Eyoboka. February 27, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  14. ^ a b c "PFN picks Oritsejafor's replacement". Sam Eyoboka. January 20, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  15. ^ a b c d e "My Calling is Building Bridges among Different Denominations". This Day. December 16, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  16. ^ a b c How the Spirit Shapes Prayer: Research Findings for Traditional Christians. David S. Luecke. January 19, 2017. ISBN 9781512757439. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  17. ^ a b c "University of Uyo Pledges Collaboration with Reverend Uma Ukpai's Scholarship Foundation". Akwa Ibom State Government Online. February 17, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "Dr. Uma Ukpai: "My Trials and the Triumph of Faith". Daniel Digest. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  19. ^ Tobe Momah (July 2013). Fear No Evil-By Hating Evil!: The Fear of the Lord Is to Hate Evil (Proverbs 8:13). WestBow Press. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-4497-9935-9.
  20. ^ "THE NIGERIAN PASTOR: Uma Ukpai". Mankind Olawale Oyewumi. February 9, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association: Christian Ministeries in Nigeria-West Africa Directory". West Africa Directory. 2004. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  22. ^ "'I can't stop helping the poor'". Sunday Oguntola. April 24, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  23. ^ "Board of Trustees: FOUNDING FATHERS' CHURCHES". Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  24. ^ a b "THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF PENTECOSTAL FELLOWSHIP OF NIGERIA". Welcome to Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria - Apapa Isolo Zone. September 15, 2008. Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  25. ^ a b "WE ARE BRINGING A MAN THAT HAS A MISSION TO BREAK CURSES IN OUR LAND –Celestine Iwendi". Celestine Iwendi. January 13, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  26. ^ "ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF NSUKKA AT 20 Growth, Relevance and Future" (PDF). Anglican Diocese of Nsukka. 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  27. ^ "The rise of Pentecostal power: Exploring the politics of Pentecostal growth in Nigeria and Guatemala" (PDF). Gina Lende. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  28. ^ "Rev. Uma Ukpai: I was duped N3.5m in a church". March 31, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  29. ^ "CHAMA'S 3RD MISSION TRIP TO AFRICA. November 1ST –9TH 2010 –Medical Missions, Water Well Projects, Health, Hygiene and HIV/AIDS Education campaign, School Supplies, Spiritual/Biblical teachings" (PDF). Challenge Aids and Malaria in Africa, (CHAMA). Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  30. ^ "Gov. Udom promises steady water supply for Akwa Ibomites within first 100 days". Kalu. June 28, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  31. ^ "Rev. Uma Ukpai demands prayers, respect for Nigeria's leaders". Effiong Udousoroh. June 17, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2017.

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