A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF MAWU FE AME C.K.N. WOVENU
“For everything its season, and for every activity under heaven its time: a time to be born and a time to die” Eccl. 3:1-2
Mawu Fe Ame,Charles Kobla Nutornutsi Wovenu, was born in the year 1918 at Anyako,in the Volta Region of Ghana . His parents were Emmauel Nutornutsi Adra Kluvia and Madam Mikayanawo Dzakpata, all of blessed memory. He was the only child for his mother.
The young Kobla always cried bitterly on seeing a Minister of the Lord as he passionately expressed the desire to be baptized.When he was eight years old,the Rev. Robert Domingo Baeta of the Bremen Mission baptized him and named him Charles.The solemn event which took place at Azanu,Togo,on December 26,1926,so thrilled his non-Christian mother that she refrained from shrine-observances to continually attend church services with him.
The late Mawu Fe Ame Wovenu started his elementary education at Adzanu,Togo,in 1926 and continued at Anyako. His mother died unexpectedly on January 16,1932.From that day,he was cared for by Mr. Joseph P. Attipoe till age sixteen,when he left for Akuse.
He was employed as a warden in the Prison Service in 1935 at Akuse.He resigned from the Prison service after one year. He left Akuse in 1936 for Akwatia where he worked initially as a labourer for the Consolidated African selection Trust(CAST), a diamond prospecting company.
By dint of hard work,he rose through the clerical ranks at CAST to become a supervisor,which he regarded as a blessing from God.He conducted prayer sessions,evangelised to people, and formed small choirs both at Akuse and Akwatia.
When the 2nd World War broke out in October 1939,there was conscription of men from his work place at Akwatia into the army to fight for their colonial masters.Wovenu rejected the offer and returned home to Anyako. God had fully prepared him for an ultimate divine assignment as he had already started spreading the Gospel at Akwatia.
After a short stay at anyako,on November 1,1939,the late Wovenu,on his own volition,moved to settle at Tadzewu where his father and a few family members were staying. He immediately commenced his destined Missionary work.
Mawu fe Ame Wovenu, certainly empowered by God Jehovah for his prophetic mission,regarded the whole world as his parish.He allowed the Lord to wrought through him,miracles like curing all manner of disabilities and abnormalities.
His intercessory prayers for the barren and many others,at the peak of troubled times,gave them the much sought after comfort and happiness. He amicably settled dozens of anxious and volatile confrontations between warring factions.He made cripples walk to the glory of God.
The late Wovenu’s benevolence towards the needy,the poor,the destitute,the afflicted,the despaired, and numerous others in hapless states was simply unparalleled.He practically demonstrated what he preached.He inculcated into the members of the A.R.S the genuine sense of Christian values.he was patriotic and shared goodwill towards all.
He certainly bestowed on all of us the greatest legacy,that is the A.R.S Church Doctrines.He also published a number of tracts and booklets including the Fundamental Teachings and Marriage Reformed.He ordained over one thousand priests.
The late Wovenu inscribed his name in gold,and like all the great and famous Christian men,toiled very hard to leave indelible marks for posterity.As an evangelist,the Lord ordained Wovenu as “King of Light”. He was a magnanimous father and guardian.
The founding of every institution has its trials and tribulations.Wovenu was equally saddled with numerous difficulties at the beginning.Trying to establish a church and schools in the remotest areas,amidst heathens who recognized only idol worship,required determination,perseverance, and strong will powers.
Mawu Fe Ame Wovenu received no outside financial help to finance his numerous projects.His personal toil financed all the early projects.Persistent draught created untold headaches for him during the early days at Tadzewu.
He faced moments of intense anxiety and despair.He was saddened and persecuted by rival religious organizations in attempts to thwart his work and to discredit him.Inspite of all the hostilities perpetrated against him,he never retaliated but always offered the olive branch.He honoured and attended their functions in person or by presentation.However,they felt reluctant to reciprocate his Christian gestures.One can only tap from the tall list of achievements of this great man during his earthly life time.It would suffice to mention only a few for posterity’s sake.
Mawu Fe Ame Wovenu courageously transformed and converted the remote pagan village of Tadzewu into a modern christian township.He linked it with roads through Akatsi,Devego,Dzodze,Xevi and Abor. He provided the communities with a post office,a police station,electricity,portable drinking water,good housing scheme,and to crown it all, a healing centre for which thousands of out-patients forever remain grateful.
As a philanthropic gesture,he created the Agortor water supply system,an invaluable project for the people of New Tadzewu and her immediate environs.
The most recent venture,the United Towns in Ghana,a concept for community self-help initiatives,shall ever remain to remind posterity of his generousity,loving-kindness,selflessness and concern for peace,unity and development of rural communities through self-reliance.
Wovenu travelled several times across continents to evangelise.He established many branches of the A.R.S Church overseas.The United Kingdom,The United States of America,Canada,Germany,Holland,Belgium,France,Israel and Slovenia.He has to his credit,over 700 branches of the A.R.S church in the West African sub region alone. This included 11 branches in Togo,9 in Benin,2 in Ivory Coast and 1 in Nigeria.Branches of the church are in every region of Ghana.
He single-handedly established over fifty first and second cycle institutions in Ghana.He ran these as tuition-free institutions to enable everybody to have equal access to education or vocational training.Most of these institutions were later absorbed into the main stream of the Ghana Education Service.
He built a number of townships including New Tadzewu,Dededo,Zion,Canaan,and New Adidome.He established several markets which blossom today like Tadzewu,Akatsi,Adaklu Torda and Klikor.
Wovenu received no seminary or tertiary education,yet he impressed and astounded many people with his astute knowledge of the Scriptures.A born prophet,he was graced to understand the ways of God.The fulfillment of his prophecies attested to the fact that he was indeed sent by God.
He manifested the spirit and powers of God to his congregation worldwide.He always urged them to supplicate unto the Lord in all earnestness for divine guidance and help.He taught them to advocate and look up for the things which would bring them peace,health,bliss,and prosperity in a manner befitting true Christians.
The Divinely appointed Wovenu’s home-calling was made known to him in a supernatural manner on the night of June 9th,1945 and June 25th 1945.A documented revelation in the archives of the Revelation Office of Divine Services(RODS) revealed that Mawu Fe Ame would pass into eternity at the ripe age of 81 years.The records also indicated that he would take his last breath at 10 O’clock in the morning.
Mawu Fe Ame Wovenu precisely passed as professed. May Jehovah God be feared and praised always.