Nigeria’s first openly gay pastor, Rev Rowland Jide Macaulay, turned 50 on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.
He took to his Facebook to share a gratitude-laden message to mark his day.
“It is unbelievable that this moment has come. I AM 50 YEAR OLD. I am delighted and grateful to the almighty God, who is incomparable, the omnipotent and magnificent God. If I have a thousand tongues it is not enough to express my gratitude. I just want to say THANK YOU GOD.
“I also want to say thanks to my parents, who laboured in my upbringing, though my mother is late. I believe she is looking down from heaven with joy and blessings for my future. I am grateful for my dad too, who through all hardship has the forbearance of hope and wisdom of a father.
“I want to say thanks to the thousands of people who have befriended me in joyful and difficult circumstances, too numerous to mention here, but I am joyful because of the unavoidable contributions in my life.
“Half a century is a gift, everyday will always be a precious bonus. I say THANK YOU JESUS, MY SAVIOUR AND MY LORD.”
Macaulay had in 2006, founded House of Rainbow, the first and only gay church in Nigeria which was forced to close in 2008.
He left Nigeria for the United Kingdom after he received death threats from enraged Nigerians who totally condemn his church and the activities.