There is rich and then there is private jet rich, an upper-echelon reserved for the lucky few.
Below are African preachers who roll in the fanciest of jets in a continent people claim is the poorest:
Rev Lucy Natasha
The foxy preacher is possibly the only Kenyan preacher who owns a private jet.
In a previous interview with Betty Kyallo on ‘Upclose’, Miss Natasha revealed how she affords her lavish way of life.
“We have a group of people who believe in what we do from the meetings, the conferences and revivals (we hold). The thousands of people that have been touched. We have partners that watch our services, those that attend Miracle Mondays and those that watch from around the world. I am also an author of more than 12 books, I am an entrepreneur so there are multiple streams of income,” she said.
The Malawian cleric reportedly owns four private jets and one of them is worth Ksh142 Million. He also owns a number of fancy hotels under his investment company Shepherd Bushiri Investments whose headquarters are in Johannesburg’s opulent Sandton suburb.
Apostle Johnson Suleman
The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International recently acquired a private jet.
The good news was broken on the Omega Fire Facebook page in a post that read “Join us as we congratulate our FATHER, The Restoration Apostle, GOD’s General, GOD’s own Oracle, A Dispensation of our time, The Lion Of Africa #APOSTLE_PROF_JOHNSON_SULEMAN on his brand new private jet for the propagation of the Gospel of CHRIST to Nations of the World with His Undiluted Word of Power, Signs, Wonders, Deliverance, Healing & Restoration and the Prophetic. (Mark 16:14 – 18; Luke 4:17 – 23).
He has paid his dues. As you rejoice with him, whatever you are believing GOD for shall manifest in a hurry! Daddy Sir, you belong to the air, keep SOARING.”
The head of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry (Winner’s Chapel) is said to be worth approximately $150 million, however, the preacher revealed during a sermon that he is worth much more. “Some fella said ‘I was worth $150m.’ I said that’s an insult. $150m? That’s an insult. I’m worth Philippians 4:19 — ‘my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory. $150m? Too small. That can’t be.”
Oyedepo was named the richest preacher in Nigeria by Forbes Magazine in a 2018 list and is regarded as one of the wealthiest clerics in Africa.
He owns 4 jets that include a 30 Million-dollar Gulfstream V and a Bombardier Challenger. In addition, he owns one of the most expensive Universities in Nigeria, the Covenant University.
The General Overseer leads the Redeemed Christian Church of God which has a whopping 14,000 branches in Nigeria.
According to a Forbes article in 2017, he is worth between 39 to 65 million dollars and owns a university called Redeemers University. He owns a Gulfstream G550.
Pastor Temitope Joshua, the leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), secretly bought a $60 Million Gulfstream G550 Private Jet. The reason why this purchase was top secret is that opulence in pastors is often frowned upon.
Others speculate that the reason he sort of hid it was because a few weeks before news of the plane’s purchase went public, a building collapsed at his megachurch in Ikotun-Egbe suburb in Lagos killing 116 people.