“Dr Olukoya’s amiable life and that of his wife, Pastor (Dr.) Folashade Olukoya and their son, Elijah Toluwani, are living proof that all power belongs to God.”
When Dr. Kolawole Daniel Olukoya was born, little did his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Olukoya, know that they had taken delivery of an exceptional child ordained by God to fulfill a destiny that would in turn, positively affect the destiny of others. And in pursuit of that destiny, Dr. Olukoya laid down an academic blueprint whose pedigree remains outstanding. At Saint John’s CAC Primary School, Akure in Ondo State, and Saint Jude’s primary School, Ebute Metta, Lagos where he completed his primary education.
Dr. Daniel Olukoya’s academic profile took a leap while at Methodist Boys’ High School, Lagos , where he graduated with Grade One Distinction and was the best student in his set. He proceeded to the prestigious University of Lagos and graduated with a first class honours degree. In fact it was the first from the department since the university was established in 1962.
Dr. Olukoya’s thirst for more academic laurels found expression at the University of Reading, UK, where, with a Commonwealth scholarship, he studied for a PhD in Molecular Genetics, which was completed in record time, making him probably the first Nigerian to obtain a Ph.D. in this subject area. On his return to Nigeria, his first port of call was the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba. He was a lecturer as well as external examiner to a number of Nigerian universities, among them the University of Lagos , UNILAG and university of Benin, UNIBEN.
Dr. Olukoya has supervised over 20 Ph.D. students. As a researcher, he has over 80 scientific publications to his credit. Notwithstanding his exploits on the academic turf, he devotes much of his time to God through preaching, delivering papers at seminars, singing etc. That Dr. Olukoya would become a mighty tool in the hands of God to serve as a vehicle of deliverance for his generation manifested in 1989, when Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries was given birth to in his sitting room at Yaba, with 24 worshippers. Now, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, with only 25 years presence, can be found in several parts of the world – it spreads across Nigeria , Africa and Asia . A huge percentage of branches are also located in the United States and Europe .
His quest for the improvement of life for the youths has culminated in the creation of the MountainTop University (MTU) and even the MFM Football Club to afford youths with talents in sports an expression.
His talent and passion for music is evidenced by his composition of over 200 choral works in English, Yoruba and pidgin languages with over 30 songs for Solo Singing, and over 100 songs for Praise and Worship of the Most High God.