The Yorubas of South West Nigeria lead the other Nigerian tribes in being anointed by “God.” Nine of ten Pentecostal churches in Nigeria are founded by people of Yoruba extraction.

Conservative estimates by Professor Oke Rieonwu of the Faculty of Religion at the University of Okija puts the weekly inflow of Naira into South West Nigeria at over one billion. These churches are all headquartered in Yoruba land and most of the pastors and officials are Yoruba. This is a great business model.

These churches disregard the Federal Character principles as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution with careless abandon. The Yorubas operate under the business of religion and reap the riches hidden thereunder. The only church members getting rich are the founders and their families. Their congregations contribute to the Founders and their families’ riches through offerings, tithes, seed sowing, and stewardship. At one point, Rev. Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God had declared himself the richest man in the world by virtue of owning over 300 houses of worship spread over all the continents. Do these houses belong to him or to the church?

The other tribes better wake up and smell the roses. Religion is a lucrative business that should not be left to one tribe unless you feel that your tribe has been abandoned by God.

The Yorubas supported President Muhammadu Buhari because they felt marginalized by former President Goodluck Jonathan. I hope that the other Christian Nigerians being marginalized by the Yoruba Pentecostal churches will wake up from their stupor and start forming their own churches.

How did this happen? The Yorubas are the most religiously tolerant Nigerians. In Yoruba land, one can belong to several religions. There has never and never will there be a religious disturbance in Yoruba land. Whereas other tribes tend to identify with one denomination for their lifetimes, a Yoruba minister has no qualms breaking away from his existing denomination and forming a new one whenever a religious business opportunity presents itself.

Either God loves the Yoruba tribe or the Yoruba tribe understands the business of religion. Below are the major Pentecostal churches in Nigeria culled from Nairaland:
1. Christ Apostolic Church – Yoruba.

Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) is the first Aladura Pentecostal church present in Nigeria and other countries. It has come into existence in the first half of the 20th century, in the then-British empire. It was formally established in 1941 after a split from the Apostolic Church which the original Aladura organization (Faith Tabernacle) had invited to Nigeria. Its growth was led by Joseph Ayo Babalola, a road construction driver who became its founder.

Born : April 25, 1904
Odo-Owa, Oke-Afa LGA Kwara State, Nigeria
Died :July 26, 1959 (aged 55)
Ede, Osun State, southwestern, Nigeria

2. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) – Yoruba

RCCG was founded in 1952 by Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi (1909–1980) after he had been involved in several other churches. Pastor Akindayomi then chose Enoch Adeboye, a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Lagos, who joined the church in 1973. Adeboye initially became one of the interpreters translating Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English. He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975, and his appointment as leader of the church was formalized by the posthumous reading of Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement.

Governance : Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer (1981–Date)

3. Living Faith Church Worldwide – Yoruba

Living Faith Church Worldwide (also known as Winners Chapel) is a megachurch and a Christian denomination founded by Bishop David Oyedepo in 1981. The organization has since become a global network of churches with congregations in 49 countries.

The beginnings of the church can be traced back to May 1981 when Oyedepo claims to have had an 18-hour vision from God. In this vision, God spoke to him saying, “Now the hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the Word of faith; and I am sending you to undertake this task”. Two years later the church was formed with four members.

Born: September 27, 1954 (age 61)
Omu Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria

4. Christ Embassy – Edo (Yoruba)

Christ Embassy also known as Believers’ Love World Incorporated, is a megachurch and a Christian denomination founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in 1990. The Church has since become a global network of churches with congregations in many countries, with millions of members. The headquarters in Lagos has over 40,000 members. The ministry was founded when Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was at Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State. There are several major programs with thousands to millions of people in attendance.

Chris Oyakhilome began by leading a prayer group at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, while studying architecture. The church’s foundation dates to 1990 in Lagos. The denomination has churches in many countries including Britain. His divorced wife once headed the U.K. Branch. It counts 1 million members.

Born: December 7, 1961 (age 54)

5. Deeper Christian Life Ministry – Yoruba

Deeper Christian Life Ministry (also known as Deeper Life Bible Church) is a non-denominational Christian Church with its International headquarters, Deeper Life Bible Church Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria. It is overseen by the General Superintendent of Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi. It is a Holiness-Pentecostal church. In 1973, while serving as a Mathematics Lecturer at the University of Lagos, W.F. Kumuyi started a Bible study group with 15 university students who had come to him requesting training in the Scriptures. The church started as the Deeper Christian Life Ministry.

William Folorunso Kumuyi, was a former Anglican who joined the Apostolic Faith Church after his baptism. In 1975, he was expelled from the church for preaching without credentials. He continued his independent ministry, which in 1982 became the Deeper Life Bible Church. By the early 1980s, that small group had grown to several thousand, at which time, Deeper Life Bible Church was formally established.

Born: 6 June 1941(age 75)
Erin-Ijesha, Osun State, Nigeria

6. Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries – Yoruba

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal organization founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several English-speaking and non-English speaking countries. It was founded by Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya (DKO). Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya at a prayer meeting in 1989 in his living room.

The prayer group purchased a large site at an abandoned slum near the University of Lagos and converted it into the International Headquarters of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries of which Olukoya is the General Overseer. The first service was on held on April 24, 1994.

Born: 15th July
Akure, Ondo State

7. The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement – Igbo

The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement (popularly called Lord’s Chosen) is a Nigerian Christian megachurch founded by Lazarus Muoka. The church which has its headquarters located along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State, started with a few people and went on to experience rapid growth with over 300,000 members all over the world. In 1994, Lazarus Muoka claimed to have had a vision from God instructing him to leave his former church to form what is now known as The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement. The church, which was founded on 23 December 2002, commenced service on 24 December 2002 with a few pioneer members in a rented apartment at Ilasamaja, in Mushin, a suburb of Lagos.

Due to the increase in new converts in a short period, the church was moved to its present location in Ijeshatedo on a sixty plot of land which can contain over 30,000 members in one service.

Born: Mgbidi in Imo State

8. The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) – Yoruba

Temitope Balogun Joshua (born June 12, 1963), commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, is a prophet and televangelist. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a religious organization that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria.

Joshua wrote that in a heavenly vision he had received divine anointing and a covenant from God to start his ministry. Following this, Joshua founded the ministering organization The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) with only a handful of members. According to the organization, more than 15,000 members attend its weekly Sunday service. Visitors from outside Nigeria are accommodated in the residence blocks constructed at the church headquarters.

Born: June 12, 1963 (age 53)
Arigidi, Ondo State, Nigeria

9. Celestial Church of Christ – Yoruba

The Celestial Church of Christ is an African Initiated Church founded by the Rev. Samuel Biléhou Joseph Oshoffa on 29 September 1947 in Port-Novo, Benin. Mainly located in Africa, Benin and Nigeria, and in the Afro-descended communities in the world particularly in the Caribbean.

The movement was founded by Samuel Biléhou Jolseph Oschoffa, a former carpenter born in Dahomey (now Benin) in 1909. Raised as a Protestant (Methodist), he had a divine revelation on 27 May 1947, during a solar eclipse, in a forest where he was lost. He felt called to pray, to heal the sick and raise the dead and founded his church in September 1947. Having appointed himself prophet, Reverend, pastor and founder, he occupied the highest office of the movement he had just founded.

Born: 19 May 1909
Porto-Novo, Benin
Died: 1985
Lagos, Nigeria

10. Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim – Yoruba

The Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim is the first African initiated church established in 1925 by Moses Orimolade Tunolase. The church was born out of the Anglican church community among the Yoruba people in Western Nigeria.

Born: 1879
Ayibiri in Ondo State of Nigeria.
Died: October 19, 1933


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