Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
Following his selection as the new Soun of Ogbomoso, Pastor Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye, has given the reasons he has accepted to ascend the throne of his forebears.
Pastor Olaoye, who is the lead pastor in charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Jesus House, Washington DC USA, said God said becoming a king was his destiny.
He made the clarification to members of his Church in a video posted to the Facebook page of InsideOgbomoso.
The new monarch said he did not accept his new role out of idleness, but by an express instruction from God.
He hinted that he had earlier planned to retire from the pastoral ministry after 30 years of service and then travel the world after his retirement.
The Soun-elect, who said he was born into a royal family and well-qualified for the throne of Ogbomoso, apologised to his church members for “any embarrassment” they might have “felt by what has gone on on the social media.”
He said he was “genuinely sorry,” for the decision, adding that he had served at Jesus House for 26 years and the Church had become his family.
“While I was in Nigeria in December 2021, the king of our town died. I’m really close to the family because, like I said, I’m from a royal family.
“After the Oyewumis, the Ajagungbades…my family is next.
“Everybody from Ogbomoso, who is familiar with the tradition, knows that. And I, of course, knew about that.
“But I was not interested in it at all, because I believed that I had gone on a completely different part,” he explained.
Olaoye said his father also never, at anytime, hinted him that he could become the Soun of Ogbomoso if he wanted to be, and so he never had any intention of becoming the king of the ancient town.
The RCCG cleric said his close associates who knew his family was the next to ascend the throne, immediately after the demise of the late king, began to bombard him with calls, urging him to consider taking up the throne.
He added that he called his spiritual father, the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, to inform him of the situation.
According to him, after he informed Adeboye that he was not interested, the renowned cleric asked him to first fast and pray about it before jumping into conclusions.
Oba Olaoye, who said he actually did not take the advice seriously and so did not pray about it as instructed, however, said that he heard God tell him clearly on January 2, 2022, that ascending the throne of the Soun of Ogbomoso was his destiny.
“The next thing I heard, clearly, was: ‘You were born for this; this is the reason for your birth.’
“That’s what I heard. Of course, that’s not what I was expecting. But, let me tell you this, when I hear, I am 10/10” (sure), he said.
Recall that Stonix News had earlier reported that Pastor Olaoye was one of the candidates vying for the Soun throne after the seat became vacant upon Oba Jimoh Oladunni Oyewunmi’s death late 2021.
Fondly called “Pastor G”, Pastor Ghandi Olaoye is reputed for his leadership and relationship management skills.
He was born and raised in Nigeria; has a degree in English Language and a Master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations.
The cleric was a successful entrepreneur before the call of God upon his life to become a Pastor. He has been Pastoring since 1992.
He pastored 3 RCCG churches in Nigeria and one in Bonn, Germany before moving to the United States.
Pastor Ghandi is said to be particularly close to Pastor Yemi Osinbajo, the Nigerian Vice President.
He is said to be passionate about helping others develop to their fullest potential.
His experience travelling and speaking internationally has shaped his commitment to showcasing a ministry where people of all racial and ethnic groups worship God in a loving and caring atmosphere.
Pastor Ghandi is currently the co-ordinator in charge of the Convention and Special Projects for RCCG, North America.
He is happily married to Pastor Omo who also played a key role in running the affairs of the Church.