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Five Kings Who Were Pastors Before Going From Altar To Palace

Some Nigerian pastors have dressed in royal regalia to assume the role of traditional rulers after years of preaching to Christian flocks from the pulpit

Five Nigerian kings who were once pastors are listed below:

1.Pastor Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle:

2012 saw the emergence of Pastor Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lagos as the new Olu of Ilaro and supreme ruler of the Yewa-Awori region of Ogun state

The kingmakers overwhelmingly approved of his nomination after he prevailed over his rival Adedeji Olugbenle by one vote in the election

2. The Rev. Gabriel Adejuwon:

Oba Gabriel Ayodele Adejuwon, the son of Governor Kayode Fayemi, was crowned king of Isan-Ekiti in 2017

Prior to ascending to the throne, he worked as a public servant and a preacher for the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)

3. The Reverend Matthew Jegede:

2020 will see the inauguration of Oba Matthew Durojaye Jegede as the first Alahan of Ahan Ayegunle Ekiti in the Ekiti East local government region. He is the pastor of Deeper Life Bible Church

In a BBC News Yoruba interview, Oba Jegede spoke up about some of the challenges he had on his journey to becoming the ruler of the state of Ekiti

When the subject of his ascending to the throne was brought up, he said that his church members were opposed

The king acknowledged that he, too, had reservations since he thought that being a Christian king went against God’s plan

4.Pastor John Elaigwu Odogbo

A Deeper Life Pastor named John Elaigwu Odogbo has won the election to be Idomaland’s paramount monarch

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At the end of the kingmakers’ voting, he received 19 votes, beating off Andrew Idakwu, John Bamaiyi, and Sunday Echono for the stool

On December 30, 2021, the Idoma traditional council presented the 52-year-old to former Benue state governor Samuel Ortom at the government house in Makurdi as the Och’Idoma-elect

5. The Reverend Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye

The renowned Yoruba town’s kingmakers have chosen Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Jesus House Washington DC, United States (US), to succeed the late Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, who passed away in December 2021

Olaoye claimed in a video that the Parish shared on social media that becoming the Soun was never his goal while speaking to churchgoers

He claimed that although God had spoken to him about being king, he had never intended to do so. As a result, he was forced to go out on faith, obey God, and wait to see what He would accomplish

On Saturday, September 2, Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde announced that Pastor Olaoye had been appointed as the new Soun of Ogbomoso

The new Soun was installed on September 14, 2023, according to The Nation

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