Bushiri becomes Africa’s most popular prophet: TB Joshua falls to second

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Numbers do not lie.

South African based Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is now the most popular prophet in Africa followed Nigeria’s Prophet TB Joshua of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

The Malawian born prophet and the founding father of Enlighten Christian Gathering ranks in over 3.8 million followers on Facebook.

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The flamboyant pastor who is re-branding his ministry to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries (PSBM) following a series of image-tarnishing incidents that include alleged money laundering, sexual abuse, and fraud charges.

He is either loved or loathed but his page, formed in March 2011, has been one of the fastest rising Facebook pages.

His Nigerian competitor, Prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) falls on number 2 with over three million five hundred thousand followers.

T.B. Joshua is directly followed by another Nigerian man of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God with 3.1 million followers.

Adeboye is the only pastor on the list who has a Ph.D. from a reputable institution, having obtained his Doctorate in Applied Mathematics from the University of Lagos where he serves as the Professor of Mathematics.

New York Times  described his church as “one of [Africa’s] most vigorously expansionary religious movements, a homegrown Pentecostal denomination that is crusading to become a global faith”.

David Oyedepo, arguably Africa’s richest pastor, is on number 4 with over 2.1 million Facebook followers. Oyedepo is the founder and presiding Bishop of the megachurch the Living Faith Church Worldwide which is also known as Winners’ Chapel International.

In 2011, Forbes ranked Oyedepo as the wealthiest preacher in whole of Africa with a net worth of over US$150 million (about 113 billion Malawi Kwacha). His church owns four private jets and several buildings in the US and the UK.

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5 Comments

  1. Fake money-loving pastors like Mboro, Maccauley, TB Joshua, Bushiri and Lukau ( anANC leaders) should be wired up to lie detectors when they preach on Sundays, get interviewed on TV, appear before the Zondo and CRL Commissionsd . In fact they should be permanently attached to lie detectors and wear the monitor on the top the head. Perhaps ‘Dr’ Shimmy Kotu should wear one when he is boasting about his two doctorates from ‘reputable’ educational institutions. A lie detector and a bible should be the tools of the trade for all aspiring prophets and pastors who want to make money from the church industry. Why cant lie detector be used much much more in the Zondo commission and the CRL hearings. Decent,honest, God-fearing, transparent and open pastors and politicians would have nothing to fear at all and would welcome lie detectors to prove their integrity and honesty. Those who dont want church regulation should demand self-regulation with the use of compulsory lie detectors in churches. The results of the lie detectors could be immediately sent to cell phones of the viewers so they can see which messages and sermon and interviews are packed with truth or sullied by falsity.Please lets have more lie detectors in churches to weed out the fake pastors and prophets.Self-regulation !

  2. NOT TRUE. TB JOSHUA IS KNOWN ON MOST CONTINENTS. BUSHIRI IS KNOWN MOSTLY IN SOUTHERN PARTS OF AFRICA. WE DON’T EVEN HERE OF HIM IN EUROPE.

  3. How do Facebook followers alone make someone the most popular? What about other social media platforms like YouTube? Many African pastors have much more viewers and subscribes than Bushiri. Why is that not mentioned?