BY CHRISTY ANYANWU
Matthew Ashimolowo has an estimated net worth of $6 million. He is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in London. Ashimolowo earned his net worth from his annual salary as senior pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre as well as from his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo Media. He enrolled in a Bible school after the death of his father and at age 22 converted to Christianity from Islam. His Kingsway International Christian Center is reportedly the largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom where he earns an annual salary of $200,000. Ashimolowo also has a program called Winning Ways aired on Premier Radio and on TV in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, TV Africa, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Europe on The God Channel and Inspirational Network. His media company, Matthew Ashimolowo Media which according to reports is the major source of his wealth subscribes to and teaches success in the area of prosperity theology. He is an inspiring preacher who has lifted countless souls with his passionate preaching of the gospel. On January 3rd, the man of God and his wife Yemisi hosted the 9th annual widow’s event in his home town, Odeomu, Osun State, Nigeria. It was indeed a mammoth gathering of widows from all the nooks and crannies of the state. At the venue, he talked to Sunday Sun about the state of the nation, his life as regards touching the lives of the less privileged, his vision for widows and lots more. Excerpts:
Can you tell us about yourself, sir?
My name is Matthew Abiodun Ashimolowo. I’m from here in Odeomu, Gbongan. It’s my father’s hometown, but I wasn’t born here. I was born in Zaria. I was born in the north. I grew up in the north, in the army barracks and then became a pastor 41 years ago. I was sent to England 31 years ago by the Foursquare Church, and then I started KICC almost 23 years ago. That’s me in a nutshell. I’m married. This year, my marriage will be 34 years. I have two sons and one will be 32 this month and the other will be 30 in May. Both of them got married in July and October 2014 respectively.
We are in the New Year. Nigerians would like to know what God is saying to us as a country. Do you have a message for Nigerians?
Very interesting. I believe that globally, there is going to be a shaking of the world. There will be earthquakes in some places. There might be famine in places they never knew famine, and flooding in places they didn’t expect. For Nigeria, the Lord showed me, who will win the election. I will not mention his name, because I have to be politically neutral. But when the president’s name is announced, 20 percent of a certain part of the nation will not agree. Eventually, after negotiation they will. We will agree that we’re one. Wales is only 400,000 people or about a million people. They call them a nation, and they call Yorubas who are 27 million a tribe, the Igbo who are 18 million you call them a tribe. For us to have many nations that make up Nigeria, it was God that made it happen. And that prophetic mandate still remains on Nigeria. Anyone who incites people to divide this nation will lose his chance. Nigeria will remain one. After all the noise, you will be amazed that also some politicians will be shocked, nobody will be ready to die for them. There will be peace in Nigeria after the election. I see a man who will one day rise, but I don’t know when, I don’t think it’s up to 10 years though . He will turn the fortunes of Nigeria round. Nigeria will look like one of these advancing nations like United Arab Emirates , India, and China. That is how Nigeria will be.
You said there will be peace, what about Boko Haram insurgency?
Boko Haram is a snake with many heads. We are cutting one head, which is why the other head shows up. If you know the hydras in the story of Hercules, every time the head of that snake was cut, two heads grew there. We need a robust approach. Boko Haram will
still be around but we need a robust approach. We need to deal with fifth columnists in the system who are empowering them. I am 62 years old. I was born in the barracks and I know when Nigeria fought the civil war. My father fought the war too. In fact, he died in Biafra. He died by the Asaba bridge. But I can tell you, in Nigeria, there were only five battalions when Nigeria fought the three-year civil war and yet the war came to an end. It was massive. How can you fight a bunch of riff-raffs with the army and they hold you to ransom? Fifth columnists are selling Nigeria to them, giving them petrol, money and ammunition. As my mother used to say, when a child keeps throwing stones and he’s not exhausted, there is a supplier in the corner. But our prayer should be that our government will be bold enough to indict the fifth columnists, either inside the system or outside the system.
Do you think foreigners are backing Boko Haram?
The only foreign aide in my opinion to Boko Haram are weapons from Libya during the revolution. They came down south. Other than that, it will be people who believe in the advancement of the religion of Islam but do not realize that in the process they are funding the wrong people.
Source: Sun news