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Biography of late Prophet Richard Ojo Oluwagbohunmi, Founder , Christ Apostolic Church ,Igbole Ekiti.
The history of Christianity in Igbole-Ekiti will not be complete without mentioning the giant strides of late Prophet Richard Ojo Oluwagbohunmi, the patriarch of Oluwagbohunmi dynasty and the founder of Christ Apostolic Church, Igbole Ekiti. Baba was a pathfinder and a lover of Christ.
Born in Igbole Ekiti in 1914 to late Mr. Fagbohunmi Fatele of Oke Aafin and late Chief Mrs Osunmade Awe, the Olaugba of Igbole Ekiti. The young Richard started his early life in Igbole as a farmer. He did not attend any former educational system. Alongside with some of his friends and siblings, he travelled to Eti-Ooni in Ilesha where he made his daily living by labouring in cocoa plantation.
It was at this village in Ilesha that he had an encounter with the Lord. It was the usual tradition then that children would gather together under the tree in the evening to play. While playing under this tree, they usually ridicule the nearby church in the area. It was during one of these evenings that the young Richard suddenly ran to the church and on getting there he fell down and began to speak in another tongue. One of his siblings, Madam Ajigbotola Olayisade (Eyelori) who was also living at Eti-Ooni then said they all felt he was mad when he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He subsequently ran inside the nearby Cocoa-plantation and spent three days before he was found. He couldn’t talk for those three days.
When the leadership of the church realised that he had been baptised with the Holy Ghost, they gave him a bell and he left Ilesha to Ifishin EKiti where he conducted a week-long revival before finally returning to Igbole to start Aladura Church in his sitting room. The church moved from his sitting room to Ugbo Eku. After his death, God used his son and successor, Elder Samuel Adelodun Oluwagbohunmi and others to establish the church and build the current auditorium.
Prophet Richard Oluwagbohunmi was a lover of the gospel of Christ. Baba Aladura would wake up early in the morning to preach the gospel of Christ, preaching repentance and calling people to receive Christ as their saviour. He was tagged a lazy man for devoting early morning to the unseen God. This early morning cry and the manifestation of God’s power in his ministry landed him in a big trouble as the traditionalists saw him as a threat to their traditional religion.
He operated with prophetic anointing and the Lord blessed him with power to heal the sick and many barren women became mothers through his ministry. He was known for using Water, omi abiye to heal the sick. The history of the water dated to Babalola’s days. Apostle Ayodele Babalolawas was passing Igbole to Ilogbo and prayed over Omi Eriru in Igbole.
Many people were healed through the water but when some traditionalists continued to put all forms of sacrifices on Eriru, Prophet Richard Oluwagbohunmi was divinely instructed to move the power in the water into a new river popularly known as Omi Abiye. It was reported that angel is physically visible around the Omi Abiye water and hence no one is allowed to visit the water between 12-1pm. Many of the powerful herbalist’s wives in Igbole would have died without having children if not for Baba’s ministry. This explains why many of the herbalist wives joined Baba’s church even when their husbands kept on attacking him.
Those who were under demonic bondage received their freedom and this made the herbalists in the town to conspire against him. At different occasion, he would be mercilessly beaten and flogged by the heathen for preaching and for delivering those under their bondage.
On a particular occasion, he was taken to Elejiu, a nearby farm where he was almost killed. Thank God for the then Abajemu who saw them and shouted Omo Igbole Eeyio (A slogan to call attention of everyone to an occasion in igbole). The kabiyesi ran to the scene and he was subsequently given freedom to practise his religion without intimidation.
He was also instrumental to the establishment of Christ Apostolic Church in Ido and Iworoko Ekiti respectively. He was a mentor and spiritual father to prophet Adeitu and John Adeleye who founded Christ Apostolic church in Ido and Iworoko Ekiti respectively
After he had settled down built a small church in Igbole, he frequently visit Eti Ooni in Ilesha where he met the woman who bore him his first child. Baba later married other wives but late Deaconess Dorcas Oluwagbohunmi was the only one with him till death. He died at early age of 47 in 1961 when his children were still very young. Today, God has remembered his children and ground children and reward them bountifully. Many of them are now in position of authority in Christ Apostolic church. Today, there are more than 10 priests (Zonal Chairmen, District Chairmen, pastors, prophets, prophetess and evangelists in the family.
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