The Bible says “he who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord (Proverbs 18:22)”. Over the years, most pastors have taken the bold steps to remarry after loosing their wives to the cold hands of death.Here is the list of 5 prominent Nigerian pastors who remarried after the death of their wives.
1. Pastor Taiwo Odukoya
Husband to late Mrs Bimbo Odukoya who was one of the most prominent Nigerian speakers of Fountain of Life Church, Pastor Taiwo Adukoya, General overseer of Fountain of Life Church.
Many feared for the survival of Fountain of Life Church when Mrs Bimbo Adukoya along with 102 passengers died on the ill-fated Sosoliso Airlines on the 10th of December, 2005. Mrs Bimbo’s messages on singles and relationships were widely received and formed a pathway for many.
Pastor Taiwo Odukoya married Mrs Bimbo in 1984 and both co-founded Fountain of Life Church right years after their marriage in 1992, a union which was blessed with three children.
Tolu, who is the first child revealed that it took a checkup for her dad to remove the wedding ring after Bimbo’s death.
However, with the support from family and friends, pastor Adukoya married South African Rosemary Simangele Zulu on the 5th of January, 2010, 5 years after Mrs Bimbo’s death.
Their marriage is blessed with two sons.
2. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
The founder and overseer of World of Life Bible Church and former president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
After he lost his first wife Stella to diabeties in March, 1996, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor remarried Hellen in 1997. Their union is blessed with triplets, Ayodele Joseph, Ayideji and Ayodeta Hellen.
3. W.F Kumuyi
The founder and overseer of Deeper Life Christian Ministry lost his first wife Abiodon Olowo on 11th April, 2009.
Mrs Abiodun who was popularly called mummy or mama in Nigerian churches was born on 7th January, 1952 to the family of Olowo. She met Kumuyi, a young mathematics lecturer of Lagos State University in 1972.
They got married on 18th September, 1982 in Lagos and are blessed with two Jeremiah and John.
Mrs Abiodun was one of the fifteen persons with whom the lecturer started the Bible study group in 1973 at the University of Lagos Quarters.
18 months after Mrs Abiodun died, pastor Kumuyi remarried Esther Folashade Adeku Blaize on 13th of October, 2010 in London.
4. Prophet Abiara
The retired General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Vineyard of Comfort, popularly known as CAC.
Prophet Abiara was initially married to Christiana Abiara in 1965 who was a prophetess. Sadly the prophetess died at the age of 70 on the 3rd of September, 2016.
Prophet Abiara tied the knot with his new bride Miss Ojewande on March 22nd 2018 at the Christ Apostolic Church Agbara Itula in Ibadan, Oyo state.
5. Pastor David Adeoye
The foudtof Royalty Christian Center caused a big scare when he decided to marry former Sumbo Ajaba, a single mother. It will be observed that most men of God always went for unmarried women. Adeoye’s case was however different and he received alot of critics and backlash for his decision.
Sumbo who has two children for popular Nigerian singer 2 Face Idibia was referred to as his baby mama. But when the wife of pastor Adeoye died after a brief Illness, the preacher decided to marry Sumbo who was known by the late wife as a spiritual daughter and singer.
Speaking on what he went through Adeoye recall,
“I was 40 when she died and this was a marriage that lasted for 13 years without a child, so my family, mentors and friends were eager to see me remarry. But when I started dating Sumbo the noise changed to something else. It was horrible but because I had a conviction in me that she was my wife, I did not care. People will call me everyday to ask if I had seen what was written about her in a newspaper or magazine. People were scared and feared that dating her would destroy the church because people were already starting to leave the church.
But the couple’s weathered the storm with the church becoming stronger for it. Pastor Adeoye said he had no regret marrying a single mother. He said “unknown to most people, her past experience became my greatest attraction, I saw alot of people run away from me because they thought I had embarked on a risky journey dating Sumbo”.