Born April 2nd, 1963, Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi is a popular Nigerian prophetess and philanthropist.
Fondly called Iya Adura, Ajayi is the founder of Love of Christ Generation Church, Cherubim and Seraphim, Clapham Road, London.
Esther Ajayi has been in the news for the past few days following her rift with Prophet Oladele Israel Genesis.
WHO IS REV MOTHER ESTHER AJAYI?
She is a Nigerian prophetess born in Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria.
Esther Ajayi is the third of six children. From her childhood, she displayed spiritual gifts and started preaching at the age of eight.
In an interview, prophetess revealed that her great-grandfather was the one that brought the Methodist church to Agboyi town in Lagos state.
She also revealed how she prayed for her mother, who was critically ill at a particular time. Her health improved from the following day. She recounted the moment she prayed for a pregnant woman who was long overdue, and she gave birth
Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi attended Christ Apostolic Church Nursery and Primary School.
She began her secondary school St. Michael’s Catholic School in Mushin, Lagos, and it was during her time there she got baptised.
She then proceeded to Ikeja Senior Grammar School, Bolade-Oshodi, in 1974.
After her secondary school education, she pursued a degree in theology, and she currently holds a BA degree in Biblical Theology from Faith Bible College Sango-Otta, Ogun state.
After school, Rev Mother Esther Ajayi worked briefly as an air hostess with the defunct Nigeria Airways in 1980 before starting her ministry full-time.
She rose to the position of Accounts Officer before she resigned in 1985 to relocate to the United Kingdom with her husband, a student at the University of Birmingham. After a short stint with British Telecom as an Administrative Officer, she resigned in 1987.
She reportedly built her first house at 25.
Esther Ajayi ministerial journey started in 1997 and she would go ahead to found Love of Christ Generation Church, C & S (Iya Adura), London.
She returned to Nigeria in 2017.
In September 2021, she commissioned a state-of-the-art church auditorium in Victoria Island Lagos and the dedication was attended by various dignitaries.
Rev Mother Esther Ajayi met her husband, Rev. Dr. Ademuyiwa Ajayi in secondary school.
Rev. Dr. Ademuyiwa Ajayi is a lecturer in theology at Faith Bible College, Ota, Ogun State.
They got married in 1984, and they are blessed with two boys, two girls as well as an adopted daughter.
One of her daughters can be identified as Olawunmi Ajayi.
Olawunmi Rich Ajayi is a film producer.
At some points, there were rumours Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi owned a private jet like many of the popular Nigerian clerics; Esther Ajayi has, however, debunked the reports as she disclosed she doesn’t have any even though she can afford it.
Esther Ajayi is reportedly worth between $20 to $50 million.
Oladele Israel Genesis of Genesis Celestial Church Of Christ took a swipe at Rev Esther Ajayi during a Sunday service programme.
Genesis alleged that Iya Adura had abandoned his family when he was arrested over alleged fraud activity. He claimed the highly referenced prayer mother removed all his photos from their official social media pages because he was going through a though phase.
Genesis recounted how he had served Iya Adura meritoriously, even to the extent of abandoning his ministry.
Although Genesis did not mention Iya Adura’s name in his words, numerous pointers from his statement made it clear he was referring to the female cleric.
He referenced when Iya Adura helped a young orange seller identified as Ayomide, how she helped the late Baba Suwe when he was sick and how he had served under her with all his heart.
During a press conference organized to mark her church’s 15th anniversary in London and one year of thanksgiving of her Lagos Cathedral, the Rev. Esther Ajayi made an intercessory prayer for Genesis.
According to the highly revered woman of God, she is too busy to lose focus because she has numerous high profiled personalities coming for her event.
“I am too busy a person to loose my focus. Obasanjo coming to preach in my church on Sunday…” she replied when asked for comment on Pastor Genesis’s outburst.
Where Is Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi?
In 2019, it was alleged UK government fingered Esther Ajayi of deliberately misrepresenting the true state of her financial affairs to the tax authorities in order to reduce her tax liability.
She was also reportedly being alleged to have included dishonest tax reporting indices, such as declaring less income, profits or gains that the accounts actually earned, or overstating deductions in her income.
On the strength of these weighty allegations, it was gathered from sources that before the investigation of the ‘Great Servant of God’ could be concluded to a logical conclusion for her possible arraignment, she was advised by her close confidantes to leave the UK for her home country, Nigeria, to cool off for a while, to avoid any embarrassment in an ensuing trial that may rear its head if indeed the allegations are found to be true, and by extension put her disrepute and utter defame.
Her philanthropy in Nigeria and some other parts of the Continent increased with numerous beneficiaries. She also travelled to numerous countries including Ghna, Rwanda, Liberia, Benin Republic, St. Kitts, United States of America and Israel.
In July 2018, the second edition of Celebrate The Comforter – a joint Revival of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church (C&S) and Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) which she founded and sponsored took place in New York. The third edition of the event took place in 2019 at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.
She was a major sponsor of the Ovation Carols.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, she offered a helping hand by way of palliatives to the less-privileged.
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