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Babalola, Joseph Ayodele (Apostle) (1904–1959)

  1. Samson Adetunji Fatokun

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0107

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Samson Adetunji Fatokun 2011. Babalola, Joseph Ayodele (Apostle) (1904–1959). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Apostle Joseph Ayodele Babalola is one of the great African church leaders in contemporary times. He was a great prophet, evangelist, and miracle worker in African Pentecostal history. He (together with Pastors D. O. Odubanjo and J. A. Akinyele) co-founded Christ Apostolic Church (worldwide) — one of the world's leading African independent Pentecostal churches. He was born on April 25, 1904 into a Christian family. His father was David Rotimi (the Lay President of the Anglican church in his hometown) and his mother was Marta Talabi. He hailed from Odo-Owa, a village near Ilofa, in the present Kwara State of Nigeria, West Africa. He was a semi-literate man — he had a primary school education (what was then called Nigerian Reader V), after which he trained as a motor mechanic and roller driver under the then Public Works Department (PWD).


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