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Behold Famous Lekki Prophet Who Pays His Three Wives, Children Salaries

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In the past week, there has been a buzz on social media after a well-known Lagos pastor, Joseph Apata, came forward with his three wives.

Prophet Apata, 52, is the General Overseer of Vineyard of Deliverance Ministry, also known as The Rock Church, in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State.

 Apata, a staunch polygamy advocate, is not your regular pastor, as he holds titles such as the “jagaban” of the spiritual realm.

The self-styled King of Zion also sits on a highly exalted throne in the church with his name inscribed.

His wives, whom he places on monthly salaries and their children, play active roles in church activities.

The preacher prides himself that his three wives lack nothing, as he provides all their needs, which does not exclude sexual satisfaction, as the 52-year-old cleric boasts of nothing less than 20 to 70 sex rounds in a day.

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Defending his decision to embrace polygamy on his church’s official Facebook page, he said wedding rings and polygamy are unbiblical.

‘‘Over the years, some lies have become true. Where do you see putting on wedding rings in the bible that is being imposed on us as Christians? Where do you say where they say, as a prophet, you can’t marry more than one wife?’’

 

Little beginnings

Born into a Christian home in Ebira, Kogi State, his family transitioned to Islam, with his father marrying five wives.

Prophet Apata’s childhood is far from the ordinary; at the age of two, he faced death alongside his twin brother, only to be miraculously resurrected by a prophet five days later.

Apata’s formative years were far from conventional. Abandoned by his mother on a mountain, he claimed to have started experiencing visions at the tender age of five. Remarkably, he even foretold the poisoning death of his father by his fifth wife.

His educational journey ended early in Junior Secondary School 3 due to difficulty grasping the curriculum.

Embarking on his ministry, Apata commenced as a pastor at Gate Way Baptist Church in 1988. However, seeking a different path, he left the church in 1995, establishing his congregation under a tree in Bariga in 1998.

Although he started his ministry at Bariga, he flourished and relocated to Lekki, where it is currently situated.

In an interview with the PUNCH, he shared insights into how he juggles his church, three wives, and children.

 

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 Childhood Experience

“I am Ebira from Kogi State. My mother is from Benin, Edo State. I am the General Overseer of the Vineyard of Deliverance Ministry, aka The Rock Church, in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State. I am a twin. My father, Alhaji Busari Apata, was a popular car dealer in Ibadan, Oyo State. My father married five wives; my mother was the third. The first and second wives did not give him a son. My mother gave him seven boys; three sets of twins and another boy. They all died, except me and my older brother. I died too, at the age of two. I died with my twin brother, then my mother took our corpses to the mountain. The prophet at the mountain pointed at me, saying that a prophet’s garment should be worn on me. He said I would come back to life on the fifth day. He prophesied that I would hold the microphone for the rest of my life. I woke up after five days as he said. A bad smell was oozing from my nostrils already.

“My mother left me on that mountain for many years, and that’s when the grace of the prophet entered me. I started seeing visions at the age of five. My father and mother were Christians but my father became a Muslim after he went to Mecca in 1976. He was so famous in Yorubaland that he thought he needed more power. His name was Michael Apata but he changed to Alhaji Busari Apata after he became a Muslim. He was a very strong man who used me as his seer. The day he disobeyed my prophecy was the day his last wife poisoned him and he died. I had told him not to eat the food made by his fifth wife because it was poisoned. He slapped me when I told him and went ahead to eat the food; he died after that. I’ve always known about my prophetic gift. When I was in school and my teacher was talking to me, I’d hear another spirit talk to me.”

Behold Famous Lekki Prophet Who Pays His Three Wives, Children Salaries
Prophet Joseph Apata and his three wives

 

How he started his ministry

“In 1995, I left Ibadan for Lagos. When I came to Lagos, God told me that I should join one pastor in Somolu. I operated as a prophet there and when I prayed for people who didn’t have a child, they would become pregnant. At one point, the pastor wanted to turn it into a business, stating that we should collect N1m for males and N500,000 for females. I did not agree with him. He then sent me out of the church and collected all that he gave me. I left the church and I became stranded in Lagos. After that, a friend took me to live with him. That was how I started living in Bariga in 1997. In 1998, I started my ministry under a tree at UNILAG (University of Lagos). At the inception, the church was unstable as sometimes we had to stop worshipping and then resume again. This instability went on until 2009 when I started in Lekki. God told me that I should stop calling myself a pastor because I’m a prophet. God told me that things were not going well because I was running my ministry as a pastor. He told me to fast for one year in January 2010. Till now, in 2024, I’m still fasting. For 14 years, I’ve been fasting every day and I break by 6 pm daily.

Three Wives

Initially, Prophet Apata tied the knot with his first wife, Margaret Tani, whom he met in Ibadan.

However, financial challenges soon prompted him to enter into a second marriage with Omowunmi, a widow from his church, following what he believed to be divine instruction.

“I got married to my first wife, Pastor Margaret Tani Apata, in December 1999 at 27. She was about 22 years old when we wedded. I met her in 1998. She started attending my church when we were still worshipping under the tree. She was an orphan and an undergraduate. God told me to marry her and see her through school. After we married, we struggled a lot and experienced lack and poverty.”

Recounting the events leading to his second marriage, he said, “In 2011, I told God I needed help. He directed me to marry a widow in the church, explaining that what one woman had disrupted in my life, another could mend. Despite initial reluctance, I approached my first wife on my birthday, 17 January 2011, to inform her of my intention. This led to my arrest, and I reiterated to the police that I must obey God. Although given the option to divorce me, my first wife chose to remain with me.”

The union with his second wife positively changed Apata’s life, as he said he acquired a car and attained financial prosperity. Subsequently, he entered into a third marriage based on what he believed to be God’s directive, aimed at averting potential health risks to his first wife.

He explained, “In my first wife’s family, they don’t normally live long. When she got sick and everybody was afraid, I told God that I didn’t want her to die. So, God told me to bring in a third wife, and he would make me a billionaire, and my first wife would not die.”

One might think that marrying three wives might be a struggle to gratify their sexual desire, considering the acclaimed prophet’s age, but he has it all figured out.

He said, ‘‘They would be running if I’m not fasting. I can do 20 or 70 rounds in a day. Because I’m fasting, I tell them I’ll be coming to them. They will see ‘star and moon’ when I go to them. That is what they always ask for. They will never forget it till when I come again. That has been a very wonderful technique. My wives take good care of me and don’t joke with me”.

He resides with his first wife in the church compound, while his other two have separate apartments.

Interestingly, all his wives are well-educated and actively involved in church activities; his first wife is a Computer Science graduate from UNILAG. She is a teacher in the church and also the Assistant General Overseer of the church.

The second wife is the women’s coordinator in the church. She has been handling the women’s wing very well. The third wife is the choir mistress. She has brought transformation to the choir.

 

Polygamy tips

Prophet Apata also shared some biblical-backed tips for intending and exiting polygamists to find peace and happiness in their life choices.

 

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Again, he adds that there’s nothing sinful in being a polygamous man, but there are rules to it. Being a polygamous man means you have a very large heart.

He said the potential polygamist must be fair in his dealings with his wives, never consider polygamy if he isn’t called and go for high-value women, among other tips.

“When people tell me that a bishop should have just one wife, I tell them I’m neither a bishop nor a pastor, but I’m a prophet. I tell my critics to show me a place in the Bible that says a prophet must be a husband to one wife.

In Matthew 5, Jesus said he had not come to destroy the law or the prophets. The prophetic ministry is dynamic. Marriage is a personal thing and not a collective thing. There’s also a difference between the suggestion of Paul in the Bible and ‘thus says the Lord’. Paul brought monogamy as a suggestion, not God. Apostle Paul was advising bishops, and bishops were just like administrators. It was just a piece of advice from Paul, it’s not a command. No place in the Bible says it’s a sin to marry multiple wives.”

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