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Revealed: Why Nigerian Pastors Now Marry Foreigners -Kumuyi, Odukoya, Iginla Others On The List ~Omonaijablog

By Shaba Gbenga

When one of the media aides of Prophet Joshua Iginla revealed on Wednesday 20th of May 2020 that he had finally divorced his wife over infidelity and had moved on permanently with his new wife who is a prophetess, many of us where not surprised.

However, the only surprise was that he finally settled for his South African multi-millionaire 'lover', Prophetess Stella Zimasa, the woman who has a daughter for him while he was still married to his first wife.
Sources closed to the cleric alleged that he was dating the lady Prophetess while his now ex-wife Yemisi, was pregnant with their second child.
Bro. Joshua Iginla and new wife, Stella

In fact, it was said that during the confession he made and was streamed live on the church’s official YouTube page, Champions TV, on Sunday 3rd of March 2019, the man of God skipped the angle that he had been married to his South African woman as far back as October 2014, and that they were expecting their second child together after their first child, Rhema Iginla, was given birth to while he was still with his ex-wife, Yemisi.

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But despite all the allegations of infidelity he leveled against his former wife, one still wonder why he has decided to settled for a foreigner, ignoring all the advances that would have been made at him by some Nigerian unmarried Christian sisters, rich and influential widows, most especially among his almost 10,000 Nigerian congregation.

@Google Image - pastor Odukoya's marriage to Nomthi

ln fact, a seemingly frustrated sister during our last online House Fellowship Meeting angrily asked our leader; “sir, why can’t our unmarried and widower men of God marry from within their congregations. Does that mean there are no good sisters among them?”

Her question was played upon; but I later decided to sample opinions of some individuals on a platform I belong.

Although, they seek permission that I should not disclose their identities but, here are some of the reasons they gave; 

@google- Pastor Anselm and new wife, Kosgei

Family Dependence: Families of some of these unmarried sisters are always praying for a rich husband who they will solely depend on once they are married. Once married, their problems become the pastor’s problems. So, most pastors having this at the back of their minds won’t want to be caught up in that web.

They Can’t Withstand Horrible Past: If you hear the past deeds of some of these sisters you will think twice. This is more so because some of them keeps these secrets till marriage.
They Preferred Fresh Bloods: Yes! Our pastors believed our corrupt society influences sisters in the church. They would rather look for a fresh blood that has no blemish at all.

The Need To Expand Beyond Their Shores: Expansion is now the new order of the day. The more your branches the more influential you become and your church grows.

@google- Pastor Kumuyi and wife, Adenike Blaize

Media Influence: Magazines, websites, blogs and newspapers are not assisting the ladies at all. Once a story surfaced about an intending marriage about any of them it will be in the public discuss thereby ruing their chances.

Unnecessary Friendship: Many men of God don’t want a wife that will have friends all around the town.
Frivolities During Marriage Ceremonies: Over spending during marriage ceremonies is a no, no for some of these pastors because they preach against worldliness.

See lists of some notable Pastors who opted for foreign wives:

Pastor Anselm Madubuko of Revival Assembly Ministries Int’l in Ogba Lagos, married a Kenyan gospel star Emmy Kosgei, in 2013 after his first wife and mother of his 3 children, Connie died on the 6th of July 2012.

Pastor Taiwo Odukoya of Fountain of Life Church married a South African, Nomthi after the death of his first wife, Bimbo Odukoya.

Pastor Williams Folorunsho Kumuyi,General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, married Esther Folashade Adenike Blaize at a secret wedding in London on Wednesday October 13, 2010, 18 months after the death of his wife, Abiodun Kumuyi.

And now, Brother Joshua iginla. The season may still continue as we awaits who's next among our pastors.

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  1. Kumuyi should not be on the list cos he married a Nigerian