Johnson Suleman (born 24 March 1971) is a Nigerian pastor and televangelist famous as the President and General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International. He has a net worth estimated at $10.5 million.
Apostle Johnson Suleman is one of the most beloved and most controversial religious leaders in Nigeria. The Nigerian preacher, who prefers to be called an Apostle, is best known for his yearly release of the most controversial prophesies for his church members, the nation, and the world. Among many other things about the preacher is his fearless attacks on the Nigerian government and officials for failing to fulfill their promises to the masses. His words, prophesy, and support to the masses have gained him so much popularity and respect across countries in Africa and beyond.
Apostle Suleman Hails from Auchi in Edo State, Nigeria
Johnson was born on March 24, 1971, to his Muslim parents in Benin City, Edo State, but his parents are from Auchi in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State. His father, Elder Imoudu Suleman, was a well-known Muslim, and his mother was a Christian and a police officer. There are no details of his siblings, but he was raised by his mother as his parents separated while he was still young.
Like some extraordinary children whose destiny was foretold, Apostle Suleman’s birth came with many prophecies as several prophets came to Benin from Warri with a message from God. His parents requested to know the content of the message, and the prophets advised that God said to them that a prophet, which would later be a clergyman, had been conceived. While his parents tried not to be overwhelmed by the messages, they also tried to ensure that their son never left their religious paths as Muslims.
However, as the little boy started growing into a fine young man, his behavior began to change, and it dawned on them that their young son was on his way to fulfilling his divine call. He had a soft spot for different things of God even when he went to the mosque to pray with his father, and the young boy knew it was not his path.51-year-old Suleman grew up in a disciplined home where his mother, who was separated from his father, stood her ground on instilling a sense of discipline in her children. To avoid his mother, he would go to stay with his father gave him the freedom to do as he pleased. Although he resented his mother as a young child, her discipline helped reshape his life to what he is today. Learn more about Apostle Johnson Suleman in the seven facts below.
7 Facts to Know About Apostle Johnson Suleman
1. He Has a Doctorate Degree and Has Written Many Books
Apostle Johnson Suleman was in Auchi, his hometown, where he began his primary and secondary school education. There are reports that he also has a degree in Mass Communication and a Doctorate Certificate in Philosophy, but the institutions where he obtained these certifications are unknown.Meanwhile, it is important to note that before young Suleman graduated from the higher institution, he had experienced the other side of life being a dignified cultist. As a product of a broken home, Apostle Johnson Suleman suffered the harsh effect of his parent’s decisions, and like most of his kind, his search for a sense of belonging lured him into something called brotherhood, where he was told he would be accepted as a family member.
Although he was not comfortable with the fraternity’s activities, he found some sort of solace in the group as one of its floor members. When given an assignment by the group leader, he would seek and pay someone else to help him. Thanks also to the influence of his father, the younger Suleman thought he hated the Christian religion because he felt they were not all sincere.
2. Apostle Johnson Suleman Received His Calling in 1989
Suleman began his career during his secondary school years after encountering a divine intervention that changed the course of his life. The young Apostle recalled going to bed on December 24 and waking up on December 26. And while he slept all through the two days, he recalled seeing heaven, hell, and a voice that told him that he was called to be a preacher. Upon waking up, he went to explain his dreams to a mallam, who later advised him to go and do some recitations.
Following his encounter, young Suleman showed signs of a love for the things of God, eagerly going out to evangelize and partaking in church activities against pressure from his father, who would prefer he follows the religion he was born into. On June 20, 1994, an encounter with Acts 10:38 of the Holy Bible was to jump-start his actual work in ministry.
3. His Omega Fire Ministries Was Established in 2004
Accepting to dedicate his life to serving God, young Suleman first served as an assistant pastor in the Armor of God Church, Lagos, which he joined in April 1998. However, after a series of encounters with the Holy Spirit, which he says formed the background of his ministry, he received confirmation to begin his ministry. Hence, Omega Fire Ministries was established in 2004 with the mission of restoring men and their destinies to God through divine revelation of the word of God, the manifestation of power, and the reality of the Holy Ghost.
Omega Fire Ministries International, under the leadership of Johnson Suleman, believes in the fire operation of the Spirit of God that refines, purifies, and equally destroys. The church has a global reach as messages are distributed through Facebook and a 24-hour Christian television channel called Celebration TV and its radio counterpart a 24-hour Christian radio station, “Voice of Fire Radio.”
The name Omega Fire Ministries reportedly came from God’s message to the Apostle, saying, “Put an end to affliction; I am sending you with an Omega Anointing.” The church’s International headquarters is also a hub of many entrepreneurial pursuits as the grounds have restaurants, a printing press, and numerous other employment-creating ventures. The church itself has expanded to more than 52 countries in five continents of the world.
Suleman initially submits himself to the ministerial oversight of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), a protégée of late Archbishop Idahosa. However, he has recently been linked to Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.
4. His Involvement in Controversies Contributed to His Rise to Prominence
Apostle Johnson Suleman happens to be one of the religious preachers across Nigeria who rose to fame following series of controversial statements that often put them on the wrong side of the Nigerian government. As one of the fearless and outspoken preachers, his name was a major topic on various trending news tabloids.
His Annual Prophetic Messages Believed to have Come to Pass
The Apostle has said many things believed to have come to pass shortly after, especially those that concern the affairs of the Nigerian government and that of the world at large. While many find his prophecies shocking and, sometimes, manipulative, there is no doubt that it garnered him more popularity as many tend to believe him and thus, look forward to his message every year.
One of Apostle Johnson Suleman’s most controversial Johnson Suleman’s prophecies, released for 2017, became controversial as it was believed they all came to pass, especially the ones that concerned Nigeria and its leadership.
Some of his recent prophecies include:
- U.K bombings, biggest in history
- America, Canada, and Asia to experience hurricanes.
- Year of serial bombings in Nigeria
- New strategies for killing perceived political enemies in Nigeria will arise
- Wildfire outbreak in an American state
- President Buhari to be flown abroad on emergency
- A former Nigerian military President laid to rest
- Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe, rest in peace
- The attempt on the life of Chief Femi Fani Kayode’s wife
- South African Jacob Zuma to be humiliated
- I see a new political party that will divide APC and PDP
- 2019, power will not move from the North
- I see serious politics against Osibanjo
- Nigeria pray against air crash
- 2018, the year of the Army. So much military presence and control
- Nnamdi Kanu to be embarrassed both locally and internationally
His ‘Kill Fulani Herdsmen’ Order
Outraged by the incessant killings of Nigerians by people identified as the herdsmen, Apostle Johnson Suleman was recently all over the news for telling his security to kill Fulani herdsmen. The preacher, who was reacting to the killings of over 7000 Nigerians across the country and a recent message by the said group on their plans to kill him, ordered his security men to kill any Fulani herder loitering around his church premises. “If they are busy killing Christians and nothing is happening, we will kill them and nothing will happen,” he said.
As expected, his speech caused many controversies as many supported him on the ground that it was a message of self-defense, while others, including some government officials, condemned his words, saying it was a call for violence. His comment also attracted the attention of the Department of State Services (DSS), who invited him to their Abuja office after their initial attempt to get him was foiled by Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State.
His Alleged Romantic Fling with Nollywood Actress Daniella Okeke
In 2017, a report from an online news media, Sahara Reporters, alleged that Apostle Johnson Suleman bought a property worth N40 million for Nollywood Actress Daniella Okeke. The said property, which reportedly has two duplexes, was said to have been bought by the controversial Man of God, who then spruced it up with a whopping N120 million before handing it over to the actress. The Apostle has also been allegedly involved in a sex scandal with Canada-based singer Stephanie Otabo, and Nigeria actress Halima Abubakar, among others.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian actress Daniella denied being in any relationship with the clergyman. On his part, Suleman denied all the allegations severally and was supported by his wife, who stood by him from the beginning of the ‘battle’ to the time Otabo confessed to being paid by top politicians to humiliate him.
5. Apostle Johnson Suleman Has 5 Children with His Wife Lizzy
The Apostle’s recent involvement in controversies has seen his wife coming public to defend her marriage and declare her support for her husband. Lizzy is also a minister in the Omega Fire Ministry as she often shares the church podium with her husband. The Apostle and his wife are blessed with five children – four girls and a son. Meet them below.
God’s Favour Vannessa Johnson Suleman
Vanessa is Apostle Suleman’s first daughter. Vanesa’s name came public after her father used his social media handle to celebrate her 16th birthday on June 4, 2020. There are no reports about the young girl’s school or level of education. What we know for sure is that she is attending one of the best schools in the country.
Divine Johnson Suleman
Divine is the second child and daughter of Apostle Johnson and Lizzy Suleman. This means that she is next after Vanessa. She was born on August 17, 2006, and she is said to have followed in her father’s footsteps as a preacher of the gospel. Oftentimes, she would lead worships and prayers in her father’s church. Even her father calls her prophetess.
Love Johnson Suleman
Love is Apostle Johnson’s third child and daughter. Love is a gorgeous young girl who celebrates her birthday every June 7. She was born on June 7, 2008. As the third child, she has a younger sister and brother.
Mirabel Johnson Suleman
Mirabel is Apostle Johnson’s fourth child and daughter. She is the direct older sister to Ebenezer, the family’s only son, and she is often referred to as the family’s comedian due to her great sense of humor. Besides these, nothing much is available about Mirable in the public domain.
Ebenezer Johnson Suleman
Ebenezer is Apostle Johnson Suleman’s son and the last child of the family. He is the only son of the famous preacher, and he marks his birthday every May 12.
6. Apostle Johnson Suleman Has a Net Worth of $10.5 Million
The Nigerian televangelist, senior pastor, and general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, is listed among the richest pastors in Nigeria, with his net worth estimated at $10.5 million. The Nigerian minister generates his money from his ministries and other business ventures. One of his known businesses is the Hossana Oil and Gas, for which he is listed as the CEO.
7. The Pastor Lives a Lavish Lifestyle
Pastor Suleman is one of those pastors that are known for their philanthropic nature. The Apostle himself has built a reputation for giving those close to him lavish gifts. Millions of his income reportedly go to the orphanage and destitute adults across the country. In 2019, the preacher revealed that he gifted all his male workers with cars, not as a loan. He said this while slamming politicians and employers of labor who mistreat their workers.
During one of his wife’s birthday celebrations, the minister reportedly gifted her a shopping center and a transport company. There were also claims that his wife received a gift from a school specializing in teaching the highest standards of English and other subjects to poor students. His wife, on the other hand, gives scholarships to less privileged people.
His Lives in a Mansion Worth N400 million
The Apostle owns several houses in his home state of Benin. One of his recently acquired houses is located in Auchi. The gorgeous home, worth about N400 million, reportedly has a helipad, a huge swimming pool, and a games village. Suleman’s house was called one of the most beautiful homes in Edo State.
He Has a Fleet of Exotic Cars
it is no news that the Omega Fire Apostle is a lover of flashy cars, and as a wealthy businessman, he has showered himself with lots of them.
His Car collection includes:
- Rolls Royce Phantom
- Toyota Prado Jeep
Apostle Johnson Suleman Reportedly Owns Three Private Jets
Apostle Johnson owns three private jets. This news about the minister’s luxury jet collection came in 2020 when he announced the purchase of his third jet amid the Covid-19 lockdown. The preacher’s comment resulted in a heated backlash from Nigerians who felt acquiring three private jets was necessary, especially when there are many other areas the money could be channeled to. However, in what appears like a clarification message to concerned Nigerians, the Apostle said his purchase of a third jet does not mean the first two were still in place. It may mean that either one or the other two were sold to buy the third, he said. Presently, the preacher has been seen with one jet, and it is not clear if the other two are on standby.