Speaking of Pastors in Nigeria, I have been curious as to who the richest is among them all. And after carrying out my research, I decided to make a list of the top 10 richest Pastors in Nigeria. It is quite an interesting read.
1. Bishop David Oyedepo
First on the list is Bishop David Oyedepo. He is the head pastor and founder of Living Faith World Outreach Ministry (aka Winners Chapel), which was founded in 1981. He owns two private jets, although some claim it is four. He also has houses scattered all over the world. Having a net worth of $180 million, Bishop David Oyedepo is currently the richest Pastor in Nigeria.
2. Father Edeh
A somewhat strange addition to the list is Rev. Fr. Emmanuel M.P. Edeh, popularly called Father Edeh. I say strange because he is relatively unknown, especially to non-Easterners. But here’s a little about him: he is a Catholic Priest, the founder of the Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation. He is the owner of four tertiary institutions, four (Madonna University Nigeria, Caritas University, OSISATECH Polytechnic, OSISATECH College of Education), and he is estimated to be with $80-100 million. Now you know why he is here.
3. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Christian Oyakhilome popularly known as Pastor Chris is third on the wealth list. President of Believers Love World aka Christ Embassy, he has over 50,000 members in which the wealthiest of the wealthiest are among. Pastor Chris is reportedly worth $100 million.
4. Pastor T.B. Joshua
Known for his healing and miracle performances, Pastor T.B. Joshua (as he is known) is the Head Pastor at Synagogue Church Of All Nations
(SCOAN). He is famous as Nigeria’s most philanthropic pastor and also the most controversial, it is still a shock as to how and why he has no other branch of his church anywhere in the country. The church (Synagogue) accommodates over 15,000 people. He is reportedly worth an estimated $60 million. I think he is worth more though.
5. Pastor E.A. Adeboye
I personally thought “Daddy G.O” will be in the top two because, well because he is Daddy G.O. Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). His Church community (Redemption Camp) is reportedly worth over 200 billion Naira, and it has a University (Redeemers University), a high school, hospitals, a TV station, its printing press amongst other things. It is reported that over 200 billion Naira is realized from annual tithes, offering and seed sowing in his church and branches. He is worth a good $50 million.
6. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is the head pastor of the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) and has a
reported net worth of $30 Million. In 1992, Foursquare Gospel Church, in Nigeria, sent Pastor Ashimolowo to open a satellite branch in London. But that wasn’t his calling (it seems) as he decided to start his own church, and thus, KICC was born. Talk about a holy stab in the back.
7. Reverend Chris Okotie
The unrelenting presidential aspirant and grammarian makes the list of the country’s richest pastors. He is the head pastor of Household of God Church. Funny enough, he started garnering fame as a musician in the ’80s, then “the call” came and he set out to be a pastor. His church boasts a membership of 5,000 and he has a net worth of $12 million. He has also declared his aspirations to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2019 elections… if only he was called to be President.
8. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
At number 7 is Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, I’ve always had problems pronouncing his name. He is the head pastor of the 20,000-member Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. He is also the current President of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN). He has a private jet, private bank, and Private University. His net worth is an estimated $15 million.
9. Dr. Mike Okonkwo
Dr. (He prefers being called Doctor) Mike Okonkwo is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM). He has been in service for over 30 years and has over 180 branches in countries all over the world. There is nothing much to say about him other than the fact that he is a pretty decent human. His net worth is an estimated $12 million.
10. Pastor Lazarus Muoka
The last, but definitely not the least on the list is Pastor Lazarus Muoka. Founder of the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Church. I’m sure you have seen his members around: shirt and pants for the guys and long skirts for the ladies, the most iconic clothing apparel is the green or lemon or greenish yellow bibs they wear on their clothes, it’s impossible to miss it. He owns several publishing companies, primary and secondary schools, real estates and has a net worth of $8 million.
So there you have it, the richest pastors in one of the poorest countries in the world; the perfect satire. Anyway, I’m still waiting for my own call… hope you will become a member.
A quick rundown of the list again:
Top 10 Richest Pastors in Nigeria
- Bishop David Oyedepo
- Rev. Fr. Emmanuel M.P. Edeh
- Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
- Pastor T.B. Joshua
- Pastor E.A. Adeboye
- Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
- Reverend Chris Okotie
- Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
- Dr Mike Okonkwo
- Pastor Lazarus Muoka
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