Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya (DKO) is the Founder and the General Overseer of both The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) and “The Battle Cry Christian Ministries”, Worldwide.
The fervent man of God was born in 1965, precisely 51 years ago, in the defunct Western Region of Nigeria.
Daniel Kolawole Olukoya began his academic pursuit at the St. John’s CAC Primary School, Akure, Ondo State.
His family relocated to Lagos State and then enrolled him at St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebute metta, where he graduated with an outstanding result. Thereafter, he proceeded to Methodist Boys’ High School (MBHS) located on Broad Street, where he finished as the best graduating student. It was during this period he gave his life to Christ. Daniel Kolawole is also a lover of football.
In 1976, D.K. Olukoya was admitted into the University of Lagos (popularly known as Unilag) where he studied Microbiology, and graduated with a first-class degree. Daniel Kolawole was the first person to finish with a first-class degree in his department with the highest C.G.P.A until recently.
D.K. Olukoya did not stop there, rather, he went on to the University of Reading, United Kingdom, where, with a Commonwealth scholarship, he studied for a PhD in Molecular Genetics, which he completed in record time, making him one of the first set of people from Nigeria to obtain a Ph.D. in the subject area.
With such a remarkable academic resume it was only natural that opportunities would beckon. But not even the pressure to stay back in England could sway him from returning to Nigeria. His first port of call on arrival was the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba.
He was a lecturer, as well as external examiner, in a number of Nigerian universities; including the University of Lagos and University of Benin.
D.K. Olukoya is on record the first scientist to establish an indigenous Molecular Biology and Biotechnology laboratory in Nigeria. One important contribution by D.K. Olukoya to biotechnology and health care delivery is the creation of a new type of Pap (Ogi), named Dogik, a weaning food that has improved nutritional qualities that can control diarrhea.
D.K. Olukoya emerged an authority in the study of genetics, publishing over 70 scientific papers in a short span (a remarkable feat by any standard). He also taught Genetics and was an external examiner in a number of universities and has supervised over 20 Ph.D. students, most of who are doing well in their chosen fields. He has also attended and presented papers at scientific conferences in almost all continents of the world.
Today, D.K. Olukoya continues to contribute to the field of genetics and biotechnology via the Daniel & Fola Biotechnology Foundation, a registered NGO established to empower Nigerian citizens with modern and contemporary laboratory skills in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
D.K. Olukoya started the Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) in July 1989 in his sitting room with just 25 people at inception. The church, today, has a 500,000 capacity Ultra-Modern Deliverance Conference Prayer Stadium – the largest edifice in the world. MFM has thousands of branches spread across Nigeria, Africa & Asia. The Ministry also boasts of a large number of branches in the United States of America and Europe.
The MFM headquarters is the largest single congregation in Africa, with an attendance of over 200,000 in a single meeting. In addition to his over 80 scientific publications, he has written 150 spiritual books, most of which are bestsellers.
Most of the books were written in English, Yoruba & French languages. D.K. Olukoya has 70 Christian songs that he has composed. His ministry is heavily influenced by the work of the late Apostle Joseph Ayodele Babalola, the founder of the CAC church.