Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is the Senior Pastor and Founder of Word of Life Bible Church, in Warri. His full name is Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor, popularly known as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor.
In 1987, Oritsejafor ministry was the first to launch a Miracle crusade(Lagos Miracle Crusade) via satellite from Africa to the world. On 7 Feb 2005, Pastor Ayo became the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). In July 2010, Oritsejafor was elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Early Life
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor was born in Lagos State, Nigeria, into the family of Mr. Joseph Monday Oritsejafor and Mrs. Roli Durojaiye. In 1972, he became a born again Christian. He said he had a vision of himself wearing a suit and was preaching to thousands of people then he heard a voice that spoke to him,
“This is what you are going to be doing for the rest of your life. Take my word to the world,“ the voice said.
This word led to the founding of the Word of Life Bible Church (WLBC) in November 1987.
African Broadcast Network (ABN)
Oritsejafor founded the African Broadcasting Network (ABN), an International satellite Christian television station for the outreach of the gospel of Christ. The ABN took the gospel from Africa to 75 countries around the world and online via WEB Tv.
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Recognition
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, is widely appreciated and have been awarded for his Humanitarian initiative. He has been honored with the Golden Key to the City of Kalamazoo Michigan, by the mayor of the city. He was also honored with the International Youth Ambassador for Peace Award.
On December 22, 2008, Pastor Orisejafor was conferred an Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). One of the Nigerian National Honours at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Oritsejafor further received an award of ‘A True Servant of God’ by The Northern States Christian Elders Forum (NOSCEF) in May 9, 2013.
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
Ayo Oritsejafor was declared the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in 2010, he was called the “most misunderstood” president. In an interview, a CAN official Lauds Oritsejafor saying:
“If people need to celebrate any man, it is this man because he has lifted the profile of the Christian Association of Nigeria. Before people talk down on CAN, today you don’t just talk down on CAN without CAN responding. That is a very huge achievement. One of the greatest achievements that he has done which have never ever happened before in the history of CAN, there has never been any President of CAN who interfaced with all the different blocs of CAN, and there is no bloc that can say the CAN President has not come either physically to worship with them or participated in one of their projects. Do you know that some of the Christian leaders that were killed, like some pastors in Maiduguri, he gave them accommodation, gave their children scholarship. ”
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Philanthropy
Oritsejafor sees himself as an instrument for the work of God. He renders help physically and spiritually to people. He places great emphasis on repentance, holiness, salvation, deliverance, and empowerment of the less privilege through social responsibility program.
Ayo Oritsejafor offered scholarship to students in various tertiary, secondary and elementary institutions regardless of tribe, race, denomination or religion both within and outside Nigeria. In December 2005, Oritsejafor and his wife partnered with Flight Micro Finance Bank to start an empowerment programme for the people.
Pastor Oritsejafor created the jubilee to generate funds for the association, with a huge conference hall and a 50 bedroom structure. The jubilee center was completed and officially opened in Abuja by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
Criticism of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor
Oritsejafor has been criticized after he was elected as the National President of CAN. The criticism came because of his defense of the church in Nigeria; his stance on freedom, equality, and terrorism. It was said that his crime was leading Nigerian Christian in calling on the US congress to label a “group of young men” a terrorist group.
“One of the challenges facing Nigerians is that we are so good at pretending. We bury our heads in the sand and just pretend that nothing is happening. But something is happening” – Oritsejafor said.
The group of young men he labeled a terrorist group in 2014, were reported to have taken over 5000 innocent lives and caused massive territory damages since mid-2009. The Global terrorism index said the group has killed about 6,644 in terrorist attacks. Amid all odds, Oritsejafor was supported by those who knew his good intention towards the well being of the citizens of Nigeria.
“It is not strange for people to make accusations against you, but be sure that what they are accusing you of is not true” – Oritsejafor in an interview with ABN, 2012
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Private Jet
Oritsejafor acquired a jet on his 40th Anniversary of his joining the ministry. The jet cost over $3.5 million. According to Sahara Reporters, the private jet was grounded due to Oritsejafor inability to maintain it. The jet was reported to be used in ferrying $9.3 million from Abuja to South Africa and for transporting ammunition for the Nigerian arm force.
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Family.
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is happily married to Mrs. Helen Oritsejafor. The couple got married at The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos state Nigeria in 1997. They are blessed with a set of triplet – Ayodeta Helen (daughter), Ayodele Joseph (son) and Ayodeji (son).
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Books.
Pastor Oritsejafor has authored several books. Some of his most popular books are:
- Walking in Unity
- Breaking the Power of Yesterday
- The Non-Essentials
- The Stone That Killed Goliath
- How to get answers to unanswered prayers
- Power through the Church
- The Battle is in the Mind
- Be an Over-Comer
- Power for the Journey
- Faith Antidote for Daily Living
- A Voice in the Wilderness
- A Man amongst Men