The story of FBFM began in a very small way through Mrs. Bunmi Adeniji, an Ambassador’s wife who was introduced to SBS (Stonecroft Bible Studies) while in Geneva. On her return to Nigeria she commenced the Bible Studies with a group of six ladies, Mrs. Bunmi Adeniji, Remi Ayida, Esther Nanna, Hilda Ogunbanjo, Janet Ohiwerei and Abu Bucknor. Each lady at the end of their study of the Book of Mark hosted a new group in her neighbourhood.
As the seed sown by Mrs. Adeniji was about sprouting she was unavoidably posted on official assignment with her husband abroad. After some challenges, the responsibility of running the groups fell on Mrs. Oluremi Ayida (of blessed memory) who was one of the Co-founder and Pioneer National Co-ordinator of SBS (Stonecroft Bible Studies) from 1982 to 2011. Her zeal and enthusiasm knew no bounds as her hunger for God and spreading the good news was insatiable. She started connecting with other women – her friends, colleagues and neighbours and before long SBS groups started springing up in different parts of Lagos stretching to other States in Nigeria.
These gathering paved a new way to bring the message of Jesus Christ to those who did not know God personally.
As the Nigerian groups grew in size the need for an administrative office arose and God used another lady, Mrs. Cecelia Ibru, to make available for our use, a brand new flat she purchased in the centre of Lagos. The Ministry was then registered under the umbrella of an all-embracing Ministry, Friendship Bible Fellowship Ministries (FBFM) which also has other arms:
It is this simple start in 1982 that began the ever-widening circle that has become a national network of outreaches known as FBFM.