Nigeria is blessed with a lot of mega rich individuals; mega rich pastors, business moguls and oil magnates. The richest man on earth from the African decent is a Nigeria and it is worth noting that 7 Nigerian pastors made the top 20 richest pastors in the world according to Forbes Magazine. We at CorrectNG.com brings you the top 10 richest pastors in Nigeria, taking account of what is reported in Forbes Magazine’s list of the richest pastors in the world.
10. Lazarus Muoka – (Worth: $3 million)
The 10th person on this list, Lazarus Muoka, was born at Mgbidi in Imo State into a Catholic family. He went on to finish his primary and secondary school education before moving to Lagos in 1975. He started up his own business after working under a for some time, until he gave his life to Christ as a full Christian.
In 1994, Lazaraus Muoka pulled out from the church he was serving as a pastor to set up his own church as he claimed to have had many dreams from God which prompted him to do so. He set up The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement with the aim of “preaching the undiluted word of God”. The church which started with a few pioneer members has gone on to become one of the most popular churches in Nigeria, making Lazaraus Muoka one of the richest pastors in Nigeria. Lazaraus Muoka is valued at an estimated worth of $3 miilion.
9. Bishop Mike Okonkwo – (Worth: $3 million)
The Next person on our list of the richest pastors in Nigeria is Bishop Mike Okonkwo, valued at an estimated worth of $3 million. Bishop Mike Okonkwo is a former banker and the founder of The Redeemed Evangelic Mission. Mike Okonkwo one of the few Nigerian Pastors to own private jet.
Bishop Mike Okonkwo was born in Ognbunke in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State in 1945. He attended Salvation Army Primary School Enugu partly for his primary education, and later continued his education in Ijero Baptist Primary School on Ebute Metta, Lagos. His secondary education started with Mayflower college; he also finished Merchants of Light Grammar school in 1963.
His work life started with the Nigerian Ports Authority in 1964. However, he did not wish to continue this path and switched the career for the African Continental Bank for two years. Dr. Bishop Mike Okonkwo has a military training which he got during the Nigerian Civil War. Jesus came to him in November 1970. Therefore, Bishop Mike Okonkwo started his ministry in 1972 with the United Church of Christ. He served in the United Church of Christ up until 1980, where he created The Redeemed Evangelical Mission. TREM is one of the most popular churches in Nigeria which is attended by thousands of people and makes Bishop Mike Okonkwo one of the Top Ten Richest Pastors in Nigeria.
8. Pastor Gbenga Oso – (Worth: $3.5 million)
The next pastor on this list of the richest pastors in Nigeria is Pastor Gbenga Oso, widely known for his conceiving miracles. Some say he makes his money on babies. Unfortunately, there are couples in Nigeria who do have health problems in conceiving babies, this has made a fantastic niche for Pastor Gbengo Oso to fill in. Now his Laughter Foundation Church helps couples to conceive a baby. Pastor Gbenga Oso is allegedly known in Nigeria as a father for a million babies. Apparently, these babies help him to make a ton of money.
Pastor Gbenga Oso was one of the pastors for the Gospel Faith Mission International until he started his Laughter Foundation Church. Not much is known about his biography and even about his true age. One of the crucial moments of his church is an active and aggressive commercial company orientated to the women who do not have the ability to conceive a child. He promises that by attending his church and probably investing some money – women will be granted with a gift to conceive a child. Still, there is no scientific proof for that, but these promises and hopes helped Pastor Gbenga Oso to become one of the richest pastors in Africa.
7. Chris Okotie – (Worth: $10 million)
Christopher Oghenebrorie Okotie was born on 16 June 1958 to Francis Idje and Cecilia Okotie in Ethiope-West, Delta State, former Bendel State. He is a televangelist and the pastor and founder of the Household of God Church International Ministries, a Pentecostal congregation in Lagos since February 1987.
As a growing child, Okotie always loved to sing. While in secondary school at Edo College, Benin City, he belonged to the school’s Music Club and usually entertained groups of people. He never considered commercializing his talent until his first year at the university, when his father died. His hobbies include jogging, martial arts and music.
Chris Okotie was a pop star before switching to preaching as a pastor. His hit song ‘Show Me Your Backside’ was popular in the 80s. Okotie married twice and announced he has separated from his second wife on June 24, 2012.
Since starting his ministry, Okotie has grown to become one of the richest pastors in Nigeria, boasting an estimated worth of $10 million.
6. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo – (Worth: $10 million)
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo who is the founder of Kingsway International Christian Center (KICC) London, converted to Christianity from Islam at the age of 20 after the death of his father before enrolling with a Bible school.
He is one of the richest pastors in Nigeria, valued at a net worth of $10 million.
5. Prophet T.B. Joshua – (Worth: $15 million)
Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly called T.B. Joshua, is one of the most controversial pastors in Nigeria. Prophet T.B. Joshua is a televangelist and a philanthropist. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian organisation that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos.
Joshua is known for his popularity across Africa and his online presence with 3,000,000 fans on Facebook and over 600,000 YouTube subscribers. Described as the “Oprah of evangelism” and “YouTube’s most popular Pastor”, Emmanuel TV is Africa’s largest Christian television network and the most subscribed Christian ministry channel on YouTube with videos amassing more than 240 million views.
Prophet T.B. Joshua is the fourth richest pastor in Nigeria with an estimated worth of $15 million.
4. Chris Oyakhilome – (Worth: $50 million)
Chris Oyakhilome is the founder of Christ Embassy with his church boasting of up to 40,000 membership. Many of his church members are politicians and entrepreneurs. He is the fourth richest pastor in Nigeria with a net worth of $50 million.
3. Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor – (Worth: $120 million)
Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor, simply known as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, is the founder and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, Delta state, Nigeria. Papa Oritsejafor was a former National president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and later became the National president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). He is a preacher and Christian author.
Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor is one of the richest pastors in Nigeria, valued at a net worth of $120 million.
2. Pastor E.A Adeboye – (Worth: $130 million)
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). Enoch Adeboye who was born on 2nd March, 1942 in Ifewara, Osun State, Nigeria was ordained General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1981, taking over from Papa Akindayomi, who had died the previous year.
Pastor E.A Adeboye is ranked the second richest pastor in the Nigeria with a net worth of $130 million.
1. Bishop David Oyedepo – (Worth: $150 million)
Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Christian author, architect, preacher, founder and presiding Bishop of the megachurch Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel. Oyedepo is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000-seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
The Winners’ Chapel network of churches is located in over 300 cities, in all states of Nigeria, as well as, in several cities in 45 African nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States. Oyedepo has been seen as one of the pioneers of the Christian charismatic movement in Africa and has been referred to as one of the most powerful preachers in Nigeria. He is the Chancellor of Covenant University and Landmark University. He was named in 2011 by Forbes magazine as being the richest pastor in Nigeria. – Wikipedia
Bishop David Oyedepo is the richest pastor in Nigeria with a net worth of about $150 million.