Esther Ajayi (Born: 3 April 1958; Age: 65) is a highly acclaimed Nigerian preacher and philanthropist with an estimated net worth of between $20m and $50m (above 9 billion Naira). Ajayi is the founder of Love Of Christ Generation Church and the initiator of Faith Fit Club, which encourages people to make efforts towards healthy living.
Mostly referred to as Rev. Mother, Esther Ajayi spreads the Christian gospel. She has quickly risen to the level of one of Nigeria’s most famous and respected female Cherubim and Seraphim preachers. She has equally given her life to the service of humanity from the grassroots to even top levels, associating herself with top pastors such as E. A. Adeboye and other high-ranking politicians like Olusegun Obasanjo, Rochas Okorocha, and Gbenga Daniel.
What Is Esther Ajayi’s State of Origin?
Esther Ajayi was born on April 3, 1963, in Mushin, Lagos State, and grew up in the same State in the western region of Nigeria. She has also lived in Ogun State and the United Kingdom.
With respect to her growing up in Lagos, a revelation has been made that she was led into the Methodist Church by her grandfather. She was not confined to only Pentecostal knowledge or White Garment, but also the orthodox through education. She attended St. Michael’s Catholic School in Mushin, Lagos.
Subsequently, she attended Ikeja Senior Grammar School, Bolade-Oshidi, before she began her tertiary education. Rev. Ajayi attended Faith Bible College Sango-Otta, in Ogun State. There, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Theology.
What is Esther Ajayi’s Net Worth?
Esther’s net worth is estimated to be between $20 million and $50 million. This estimation means that she may be worth nothing less than ₦9 billion.
While this net worth may not have been accepted nor refuted by the preacher, they are the most popular opinion on the internet. However, in an interview, she opened up that if she claims not to be a billionaire, then she would be a liar.
Whatever the case, she is often described as one of the richest and most powerful clergywomen in Africa. She also opened up about spending on land in Victoria Island, Lagos. There, she built a mega cathedral. According to her, one cannot attain this fit if they are not a billionaire. Hence, there are possibilities that the preacher may be a billionaire in Naira.
Esther Ajayi’s Source of Wealth
She worked in a Furniture Company and was a Highly Successful Entrepreneur Before Her Life of Ministration
One of the earliest ways that Esther Ajayi recorded her net worth was through her furniture company job. Afterward, in 1993, she became an entrepreneur and turned out successful. Reports show that her entrepreneurial journey was successful, so much so that NEPA owed her about 4.2 million Naira.
This money has reportedly not been returned to her until after she met a Cherubim and Seraphim woman also named Esther at Faith Bible College. The woman first called her mother and then prophesied to her about how the electricity distribution company, Nepa, would pay back her debt within 7 days.
Things seemed to be normal with her business until it later started struggling again. This time, the difficulty was so much that she and her spouse could barely afford luxuries and even found it difficult to send their second child abroad to study as their other older child.
Also, the clergywoman’s financial struggles landed her in trouble paying the loan she owed a bank. This, in turn, led to heavy interest that amounted to about 180,000 monthly.
Sources point out that her financial struggle at the time was linked to her being reluctant to preach the word of God even when she received revelations several times.
Her Church is a Major Contributor to Her Fame and Wealth
Mother Esther Ajayi started her ministration on the streets of Lagos after a revelation that God wanted her to start the journey. Subsequently, there was another revelation that she needed to preach in a foreign land – the United Kingdom!
Since finances were tight, her family could not afford relocation until after she delivered furniture to a king who miraculously offered her and her family to join his entourage in the UK.
She and her family had only 2 thousand pounds at the time, but they took the leap of faith and sold their luxurious Mercedes Benz car.
In the UK, she started the Love Of Christ Generation Cherubim and Seraphim Church. They started in her home in Edmonton and had only about 19 worshippers. Since then, the church has recorded immense growth. In 2017 she relocated to Nigeria and continued to preach, mostly through her church. It was not long before she was heard of in different parts of the country.
Her work of ministration has added to her fortune. She has also ministered, prayed, and anointed several famous Nigerians, including Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku Abubakar, Rochas Okorocha, and Gbenga Daniel.
Donations and Tithes
As in the case of many churches and their leaders, Ajayi reportedly makes her wealth from donations and tithes. While it is difficult to track these donators, she has been associated with top-ranking politicians and other notable people. Therefore, it may not be out of place that she may have received contributions from some of these people.
As much as she receives, Rev. Ajayi also gives back to society through philanthropy. According to a report, she donates millions weekly. She empowered traders, women, and even people on the verge of losing their places in the United Kingdom.
She has also attested how he gives her joy to provide for the needy. More into her giving, she founded the Esther Ajayi Foundation.
Does Esther Ajayi Have a Private Jet?
Sometime in 2021, there were rumors that Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi purchased a private jet believed to be a Challenger 10/12-seater jet. This rumor was juggled when the preacher posted an image of herself getting into a private jet with the caption, “It’s our time to fly. When we shall mount up like an eagle!…”
However, in an interview with Celestial Television on YouTube, Ajayi debunked the news that she owned any jet. Instead, she attested that she had chartered a jet a number of times.
She further believes that a private jet is necessary for evangelism. However, she would not want to own one when she knows that people may need the same funds to care for basic needs.