Pastor Jerry Eze turned 40 and it became a global prayer movement

Onyinye Okonkwo
Pastor Jerry who was born on August 22, 1982, turned 40 on Monday and it was a global phenomenon with the hashtag #pastorjerryis40 trending…
Pastor Jerry Eze turned 40 and it became a global prayer movement


Hi guys, it’s the end of another week and for some, it is salary week!!! If you have worked and toiled, in the words of Kizz daniel “Collect your money” and don’t forget to reward yourself for all your hard work.

It was quite an eventful week in the social space with several conversations ranging from pastor Jerry Eze’s 40th birthday celebration that trended across all social media platforms, to the conversation on the need for women to change their names to their husbands after marriage and many other interesting conversations.

We will be bringing you four of those conversations on the social media space that caught our attention this week.

Let’s get to it.

Pastor Jerry Eze of the global NSPPD turned 40


Ever heard the phrase ” what God cannot do does not exist”? Then surely you have heard or seen PASTOR Jerry Eze, the pastor who handles this online prayer meeting popular called New Season Prophetic Prayers and Declarations (NSPPD).

The online prayer meeting which started during the lockdown has become a global movement garnering over “122 million views so far and making pastor Jerry’s YouTube platform second among gospel channels with the most live views globally”.

Pastor Jerry Eze turned 40 and it became a global prayer movement


Pastor Jerry who was born on August 22, 1982, turned 40 on Monday and it was a global phenomenon with the hashtag #pastorjerryis40 trending across ALL social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube with millions of mentions across all social media platforms.

Birthday wishes poured in from all over the world from fellow pastors and Christians and also from celebrities like Dbanj, Tonto Dike and other celebrities who are Nsppd members taking to social media to wish him a happy birthday.

The hashtag for those wishing pastor Jerry Happy Birthday garnered 3.5K posts on Facebook with Tiktok posts on his birthday viewed by 26k people.


Pastor Jerry’s Viewers from the UK and the US jointly make up 25% of his live streams on YouTube, with more than one million views from the UK and over 700,000 views from the US between July 20 and August 16, 2022, according to figures from the playboard platform. With these figures and being able to build a global prayer network from Umuahai, Abia state, Pastor Jerry has proved that indeed, “what God cannot do does not exist”.

Moving on to another conversation that is still raging in the social space is a very interesting one which has been had several times on the social space but this time there is a real-life situation involved,

Should women take their husbands’ names after marriage?

Earlier this week, a social media user shared that his friend just divorced his wife of two years because he demanded that she change her surname to his both on social media and on all her official documents and she refused.

This post sparked a conversation about the idea that it’s compulsory for women to change their surname from their fathers to their husbands after marriage, with different camps airing different views. 

One camp which consisted of mostly women and a few progressive men believed that it isn’t compulsory that a. Woman change her name after marriage, stating that historically it wasn’t our culture for a woman to take her husband’s name until the coming of colonial masters.

Another camp which consists of mostly men had dissenting views opined that a woman who wouldn’t take her husband’s name is not submissive with one saying the woman can answer any name she chooses so long as the children bear his surname. This in turn started a sub-debate of whose name the child should bear, is it the mother or the father’s? 

These conversations like conversations on gender roles and others like it constantly come up in the social space with everyone giving hot takes and writing long think pieces. What do you think of these conversations? What are your views? Do let us know in the moment section. 

Read also: https://technext.ng/2022/08/19/mercy-chinwo-wedding-dress-debate-modesty/

Funke Akindele’s controversial birthday dance

Popular celebrity and the PDP deputy governorship candidate funky Akindele turned 45 during the week amidst widespread celebrations and well wishes from her colleagues and fans.

The actress turned politician however had a dance-off with a popular Instagram dancer @iamtom for her birthday, a post which has so far garnered almost 5o0k likes and so far, 35K plus comments.

Funke Akindele

However, some believe that doing such a dance only further gave credence to the murmurings in some quarters that she isn’t exactly fit or serious enough for that position saying that the dance was a bad look and that she is no longer just an entertainer but someone contesting for a serious position. 

This view I think is sexist as we all know of the dancing governor of Osun state who danced his way into being overwhelmingly voted in by the people of his state. If Adeleke as governor of a state is a known fire dancer, why not Funke? Or are the rules different for women? 

What do you think? Was Funke’s dancing in bad taste or a people just being unnecessarily critical? 

Now to our final bit of news from the social media space,

Nigerian Youtubers war over G.O.A.T title

Youtubers Tayo Aina and controversial Youtuber Korty are at war for the G.O.A.T title in the Nigerian Youtube community.

The Twitter feud erupted after youtube newbie Korty tweeted “There’s no Nigerian YouTuber I can call goat, nobody paved any stupid way for me, except God. Na me dey make them sit up now”.

This statement ruffled many feathers as they called her out for disrespecting Youtube O.gs like Sisi Yemmie, Tayo Aina and co who literally paved the way for her and helped her build her brand.

Twitter folks seemed to have taken it personal with many pulling receipts from the past.

Tweeps pulled up receipts like this you?

More receipts… like girl what are you on about? better be humble and respect your elders in the game.

While others spurred her on encouraging her to talk the talk and own her stuff, others were like who are you? never heard about you in the Nigerian Youtube community.

What do y’all think who is your Youtube G.O.A.T?


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