Prince from Nigeria Lets God Rule His Life Royal Is at Beacon Studying Theology

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Prince from Nigeria Lets God Rule His Life Royal Is at Beacon Studying Theology


COLUMBUS -- Bisi Asere is truly a prince among his classmates at Beacon College.

But he downplays the title. His royal attire, which includes a long flowing robe called an agbada, stays in the closet.

"I'm a prince back home," he says. "Here, I'm just Bisi."

Home for Asere is Ifetedo, a small Nigerian community about 200 miles northeast of the country's commercial center, Lagos. He's a member of the Yoruba tribe, as is his father, a farmer, and his father before him.

"We're all descendants of a Yoruba king," said Asere, 46. "My son is also a prince as will be his son."

Asere, who commutes to the Columbus school from a home he shares with relatives in Chamblee, is a freshman studying theology.

"God called me into his ministry many years ago," he said. "To be a preacher is my calling."

It took some time for Asere to end up at Beacon College, a four-year school that prepares students for seminary training.

He earned an accounting degree in England, with ambitions of returning to Nigeria to go into business. But things changed.

"Eight years ago, I realized it was important for me to learn more about Jesus Christ and his teachings," he said. …

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