Nigeria’s oldest preacher and founder of Gospel Apostolic Church, Pa Samuel Sadela, has died, aged 114.
Pa Sadela was said to have died in a Lagos hospital of age-related complications late on Tuesday.
Although an official statement is yet to be issued by the church, a condolence register has been opened.
The cleric, who claimed angels taught him to read the Holy Bible when he was only two years of age, married a 30-year-old woman in 2007.
“The Lord is my strength. I am very strong and energetic,” he was quoted as saying after the wedding in Lagos.
When he marked his 113th birthday last year, the pastor expressed the hope of living up to 200 years of age.
A native of Ondo State, Sadela attended St. Paul’s Anglican Primary School, Ifon, Osun State, but had to drop out when he travelled to Sapele, Delta State to work as houseboy to one Captain Pullen, a District Officer. Sadela however retraced his steps in 1918 and completed his Standard six education in 1920.
Quick Facts About Pa Sadela
Born in 1900 in Ifon, Ondo State, to pagan parents
Attended St. Paul’s Anglican Grammar School, Ifon
Claimed angels taught him how to read the Bible
Claimed to have staretd reading the Bible at the age of two
Worked as a tax collector
Visited Joseph Orimolade, founder of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement, in 1928
Met Joseph Ayo Babalola, founder of the Christ Apostolic Church, in 1931
Baptised by Babalola in 1931
Started preaching in 1932
Married in 1934
Marriage lasted 21 years, producing seven children. All died as infants
Remarried in 1965; wife died in 2001
Marriage produced four children, but only two survived
Aged 107, he married again in 2007. His bride Christianah, who was 30
Loved pounded yam
Wished to live to 200 years of age