The Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye has been appointed as the next Soun of Ogbomosoland. This appointment has captured the attention of many due to its unique aspects. Here are ten things you need to know about the incoming Soun of Ogbomosoland:
- Educational Background: Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye pursued his education by studying English Language in Nigeria before venturing abroad for postgraduate studies in Industrial and Labour Relations.
- Entrepreneurial and Motivational Speaker: Before embarking on his pastoral journey, Prince Olaoye was an accomplished entrepreneur and a motivational speaker. He had a thriving career outside the pulpit.
- Reluctance to Kingship: Unlike his father, who aspired to become the Soun of Ogbomoso in 1940, Prince Olaoye initially had no desire to be king.
- Pastoral Calling: Prince Olaoye became a pastor in 1992 when he joined the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). Over the course of approximately 30 years, he pastored multiple RCCG churches in Nigeria and later oversaw an RCCG Parish in Bonn, Germany. Currently, he serves as the pastor of RCCG, Jesus House in Washington DC, United States.
- Divine Calling: Despite his personal reservations and faith-related contradictions, Prince Olaoye received a revelation from God that led him to accept the call to become the Soun of Ogbomosoland.
- Confirmation from Pastor Adeboye: Prince Olaoye informed the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, of his reluctance to ascend the throne. Pastor Adeboye reportedly told him that he should not resist his destiny.
- Retirement Plans: Before the unexpected turn of events, Prince Olaoye had planned to retire and lead a simpler life at the age of 60. He harbored a passion for world travel, possibly influenced by his mysterious birth in a car.
- Happily Married: Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye is happily married to Omo, who is also a pastor. His wife is the founder and pastor of Jesus Women Ministries, an organization dedicated to addressing women’s issues in alignment with biblical teachings.
Prince Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye’s appointment as the Soun of Ogbomosoland carries a unique blend of life experiences, spiritual calling, and familial history. As he prepares to take on this esteemed role, the people of Ogbomosoland and beyond anticipate a promising era under his leadership.