Oldest Cleric, Pa Samuel Sadela, Dies

Sadela
Sadela

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

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