GLORIA NANYA AKARA is a Lawyer, Pastor, Writer, Administrator and Social Activist. She was born on 22nd August, 1960 in Vom, Plateau State Nigeria to Mr & Mrs Joseph Vonkur Kumbin. Her father was a Chief Nursing Superintendent/Medical Missionary of the renowned Vom Christian Hospital run by the British, and her mother a Business Woman/Missionary.
P & BCCS Primary School, Vom 1967-1972 Primary Education Girls’ High School, Gindiri 1973 -1977 WAEC ‘O’ Level Certificate School of Preliminary Studies, Keffi 1978-1979 WMB ‘A’ Level Certificate University of Maiduguri 1979-1982 LL.B (Hons) Law Degree Nigerian Law School, Lagos 1982 – 1983 B.L Bachelor-at-Law
Caĺled to the Bar and Enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supeeme Court of Nigeria on 29th July, 1983
Local and international certificates in Biblical Studies(2001); Transformational Studies Elim Bristol, UK Transformation Academy (2005); International School of Missions, an affiliate of Vision University, USA Ministerial License (2008); Heritage College of Music And Theology Certificates in Theology (2018) and in Music (2019.
Ordained a Pastor of God’s Heritage Ministries International in 2001 and called to Higher Ministerial Office with a second Ordination as a Reverend in 2018.
SECULAR CAREER /WORK EXPERIENCE Barrister & Solicitor, State CID, Port Harcourt Rivers State, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) 1983 -1984 Barrister & Solicitor , Soton Denton West & Co, Legal Practitioners, Port Harcourt 1984 -1986 Managing Solicitor, Glory Kumbin & Co, Legal Practitioners 1986-2004 Managing Solicitor, Glory Akara & Co, Legal Practitioners 2004 till date
Has engaged in Pro Bono cases for over 30 years.
Area of practice: Oil and gas, property law, corporate legal practice, civil and criminal litigation.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES: NBA, IBA, FIDA, CLASFON, PFN
SOME PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS HELD: Secretary, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Rivers State 1985 -1989; National Assistant Secretary, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria 1988 -1990; Publicity Secretary, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Port Harcourt Branch 1989 – 1991 and Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Rivers State 1991-1993. EXCO member, Extended Executive FIDA Rivers 2020.
MINISTERIAL CAREER /WORK EXPERIENCE & SOME POSITIONS HELD:
Has served in various capacities both in Nigeria and internationally in Brazil, USA, UK, Europe and within the African continent as a Minister of God, International Conference Speaker, Missionary, Teacher, Prophetess, Editor and Administrator for over 30 years since she came into Ministry in 1989.
Has served as Legal Adviser, State Executive of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rivers State 2010 -2014; Legal Adviser, Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN)/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Rivers State Executive 2010 – 2014 and also as a Delegate Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rivers State 2013. Has been engaged in Community Affairs and Service since the 1990s. TV Host of Glorious Family Programme. Also features in Felix Akara Music/Heritage Dynasty Music And Videos.
Currently serves as a Trustee and Legal Adviser of God’s Heritage Ministries international (1991 till date); and Vice President, Heritage School of Music & Theology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2018 till date), all in a voluntary capacity.
AWARDS OF MERIT AND EXCELLENCE GLORIA NANYA AKARA has numerous awards from local and international bodies on Good Leadership, Selfless Service to Humanity, among others, including an award of Excellence by the Pilgrims University Theological Seminary USA and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Public Administration for Enviable Achievements and Services to God and Humanity (2019).
FAMILY LIFE She is married to Rev. Dr Felix Akara, the Founding Minister and General Overseer of God’s Heritage Ministries International, a TV Minister, famous Gospel Artiste and President General of the Ndoki Ethnic Nationality located in the three states of Abia, Rivers and Akwa ibom. She is blessed with six children – four lawyers, one law graduate and an engineering undergraduate.
HOBBIES: Music, acting, song writing, fashion designing and sports.