A Nigerian in the Diaspora, Reverend David Kayode, is amongst the prominent Nigerians to be honoured with Ekiti Community Peace Hero Award on Wednesday, September 21 in celebration of Ekiti Peace Day (Kiriji Memorial Festival) which conforms with the United Nations International Peace Day.
Reverend Kayode, who is a Baptist Priest and former staff member of the New York City Department of Homeless Services, is an Ambassador to the United Nations Christian body and Clergy adviser to the Queens New York, USA District Attorney and appointed Chairman Igbimo Asoju Yoruba Worldwide.
Reverend Kayode is a credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse (addiction) Counsellor. He is a Nigerian-American who was born David Babajide Kayode to the illustrious family of Pa Kayode Filaodun of Odoese Street, Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State Southwest Nigeria.
He had his primary education at St. George’s Primary school, Ijero-Ekiti. He worked briefly in Lagos before getting the proverbial greener pastures and left for the United States of America in 1977. Reverend Kayode had been living in the United States since then.
He had his university education at the West Virginia University of Technology (Bachelor Degree in Management) in 1982, Kean University, New Jersey State (Master’s in Educational Administration/Organizational Development – 1989 and later has his PhD degree in Divinity.
He is a Minister at Maranatha Baptist Church and Counsellor-Addiction Treatment, DHS NYC. His previous occupation(s) includes Associate Director of Harlem Southern Baptist Ministry. He is an organization Affiliations with Delegate- DC 37 Local 371 and Trustee for United African Congress. Before his Public Experience, Reverend Kayode was a New York City Council Legislative Aid for Late Councilman Thomas White Jr. and a Member of Community Board 12. He was a staff member of the New York City Department of Homeless Services.
Reverend (Dr) David Kayode contested for New York City Council, United States as a member of the Democratic Party in 2013. He was the first Nigerian to contest for a seat in the New York City Council, United States at the 28th Council District in Queens in November 2013. The New York City Council is the law-making body of the City of New York and comprises 51 members from 51 council districts throughout the five boroughs.
His campaign was focused on “employment, education, housing and public safety’’ for his constituents in New York. “We have a very solid base to serve our people with the fear of God in our mind,’’ Reverend Kayode once said. As a Democrat, he is a supporter of President Barack Obama (2008-2016) and President Joe Biden (2021 till date).
HONORS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- NYS OASAS Credential Alcoholism and Substance Abuse of 2007 – 2008.
- New York State recipient of the Addictions Professional State Proclamation.
- Appointed as a member of NYC Community Board 12 for an acceptable record of community service. – April 2006.
- International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association Special Outstanding Professional award in 2004.
- United States of America Congressional honour for an outstanding community service award in 2004.
- NYC Council citation outstanding citizen award in 2004.
- NY State Senate proclamation award for exceptional services to the city and state of New York – 2004
- Member of the National Committee to preserve social security and Medicare.
- Enlisted in the American leadership circle roll of honour in 2001.
- HRA/DHS recognition award for outstanding dedication and responsibility for four consecutive years.
- Citations of excellent services from the American Red Cross.
- DC 37 local 371 representatives for six consecutive years.
- NGO representative to the United Nations.
- Enlisted in the American Immigrant Wall of honour in Ellis Island, New York.
In December 2021, Reverend Kayode is amongst the winners of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award by US President Joe Biden. He is recognized for his service to humanity. In March 2022, he is appointed to serve on International Special Advisory Committee for the newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.
Reverend David Kayode is an American clergyman, politician and civil rights activist who did not forget his African roots. In this regard, he is a true citizen of the world. At the United Nations General Assembly, he once gained fame for delivery of an opening prayer that Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Nigerian Ambassador to the UN gave him special recognition.
According to Femi Alufa, the Convener of Ekiti Peace Day (Kiriji Memorial Festival) in conformity with the United Nations International Peace Day:
“For his selfless service to humanity and being a good ambassador of Ekiti State and indeed Nigeria in the Diaspora, we proclaimed Reverend David Babajide Kayode as Ekiti Peace Day International Ambassador of the Year 2022 and one of the recipients of our Ekiti Community Peace Hero Award. His legendary service to the United States and humanity, in general, is worthy of emulation. He is perhaps one of the most influential African most celebrated African Americans in the United States today. A prophet who must be honoured abroad must be at home for his superlative achievements,” Alufa said.
Reverend Kayode is happily married to his beloved spouse Adunni, with five children; three girls and two boys.