JUST IN: Nigerian Women Leading The Pulpit After Their Husbands’ Death

In Nigeria, the passing of a church leader often brings a wave of uncertainty and sorrow. However, amidst these challenging times, many Nigerian women have risen to the occasion, stepping into their husbands’ shoes to lead congregations and continue the legacy of faith<<<READ FULL ARTICLE>>>

These women, often unnoticed, have taken on the mantle of leadership with grace and resilience, proving that the strength of a church is not just in its founder but in the community and the people who keep its spirit alive.

Margaret Idahosa


Margaret Idahosa’s journey into ministry leadership is a testament to her strength and faith. After the death of her husband, Archbishop Benson Idahosa, she took on the role of Archbishop of the Church of God Mission International. Not only did she become the first African female Archbishop, but she also took on the responsibility of being the Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University. Under her leadership, the church has continued to thrive, a clear indication of her ability to carry on her husband’s legacy while forging her own path.

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Evelyn Joshua


Evelyn Joshua, wife of the late prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue Church of Nation, is a prime example of a woman stepping into a significant leadership role unexpectedly. Though she was not in the limelight during her husband’s life, she has since taken charge as the prophetess and senior pastor, stabilizing the church and continuing its mission.

Mercy Ezekiel

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Stepping into the role of general overseer of the Christian Pentecostal Mission after her husband’s death, Mercy Ezekiel showed the world that women could lead with compassion and strength. Despite her husband’s health challenges, she had been an active part of the church’s management, which made her transition into the leadership role smoother. Her dedication to the ministry is a beacon of hope for many women in similar situations.

Nkechi Anayo-Iloputaife

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Nkechi Anayo-Iloputaife’s story is one of triumph over tragedy. Following the assassination of her husband, Harford Anayo-Iloputaife, she took over as the general overseer of Victory Christian Church. With the support of peers like Mike Okonkwo, she has led the church to new heights, staying true to her late husband’s vision while making her mark as a leader.

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Janet Onaolapo

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Janet Onaolapo, widow of Kola Onaolapo, founder of Abundant Life Gospel Church, is another remarkable example of women’s resilience in the face of adversity. Since taking over the ministry, she has overseen its tremendous growth, including completing the construction of a worship center started by her late husband. Her unwavering commitment to the church’s mission is an inspiration to many.

Roselyn Oduyemi

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Roselyn Oduyemi’s approach to leading Bethel Ministries Incorporated after her husband’s death is a testament to her innovative spirit. She made bold decisions, such as selling off her husband’s private jet, to steer the ministry in a new direction while honoring his legacy.

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Olive Sulola Adejobi

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Olive Sulola Adejobi’s commitment to the Church of the Lord, Aladura, in honor of her late husband, Emmanuel Adejobi, is a beautiful example of love and dedication. She has worked tirelessly to grow the church, ensuring that her husband’s work continues to impact lives.

Sarah Omakwu

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Sarah Omakwu’s story is one of perseverance and dedication. After her husband, Inalegwu Omakwu, passed away, she took over as the senior pastor of Family Worship Center, Abuja. Under her leadership, the church has reached new heights, and she has also played a vital role in the Christian Broadcasting Network International.

Joy Ajanaku

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After the death of her husband, Ireti Ajanaku, Joy Ajanaku took the reins of Christ Revival Victory Chapel. Her ability to manage the ministry and expand its reach with new branches across Nigeria is a testament to her leadership and vision<<<READ FULL ARTICLE>>>

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