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Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo popularly and fondly refers to as Pastor B, he was born on the 1st of January, 1976 in Kwara State, Nigeria. He is among the most famous Preachers of the Gospel in Nigeria with a long-range listeners and followers all over the world because of his uniqueness in delivering inspirational sermons and also backed up by his excellent sense of fashion. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is the Founder and Senior Pastor of a Pentecostal Ministry known as Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA).
The ministry has five different branches located at major cities in Africa and Asia respectively. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo foundered and established the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA) in the year 1999, when he was still in his prime and he was just twenty-three (23) years old when he established the church alongside his beautiful wife Pastor Modele, they’ve being able to grow the ministry from then to a congregation of over thousands today. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has been nicknamed the “Gucci Pastor” in some areas today.
Summary of Pastor Biodun Fatoyibo’s Biography
- Full Name: Biodun Fatoyinbo
- Stage Name: Gucci Pastor
- Date of Birth: 1st January, 1976
- Age: 47 years
- Parents: Chief Julius Babasanmi & Comfort Fatoyinbo
- Place of Birth: Ilorin
- State of Origin: Kwara
- Tribe: Yoruba
- Nationality: Nigeria
- Education: University of Ilorin, University of Benin
- Wife: Modele Fatoyinbo
- Children: Four (4), Ayomikun, Naomi, Shindara & the last born
- Best known as: Pastor
- Occupation: Pastor, Author & Businessman
- Church: Commonwealth of Zion Assembly [COZA]
- Net Worth: $12 million+
EARLY LIFE – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo was born into a very notable and well-respected family of Chief Julius Babasanmi and Comfort Fatoyinbo on the 1st of January, 1976. As a result of his birth that falls on New Year Day, his parents decided to name him Abiodun in Yoruba, which is translated in English to mean “Born On A Festive Season”. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is a proud Yoruba man who’s from Kwara State, North Central part of Nigeria. He happens to be born and raised in Ilorin by his parents in the person of Chief Julius Babasanmi and Comfort Fatoyinbo. He is also the first child of Chief Julius Babasanmi and Comfort Fatoyinbo, his family can be seen as a family of six which includes his parents and four children, he being the first and his three (3) lovely siblings.
Although, his parents had done their best in both teaching him good morals and wanting the best for him in life. But on getting to the university Biodun Fatoyinbo forgot what was taught to him as a child and therefore finding himself among the wrong sets of friends that ended up in him joining a secret confraternity known as the Black Axe Confraternity, which he serves as the Chief Priest of the cult when he was in the university. Biodun Fatoyinbo and his fellow cultists then terrorized the lives of innocent students and staffs of the university. As a result of his immoral and criminal acts, the university management had to withdraw his admission and rusticate him from the school while in his 300 level. After this experience he determined within his heart that he was going to achieve his previous vision and dream of becoming a graduate before getting into crimes and other immoral acts. Therefore, this new passion was responsible for he being enrolled to study at University of Benin. It was while he was at his second and also his new university that he encountered the new life of Christ and his own life was transformed and he gave his life to Christ to be his Lord and person Salvor. His journey in the Christian faith started and he was going all-out with a spirit of fervency, serving God both tirelessly and wholeheartedly. He was then a member of the choir in the church where he worshipped, and he was also an instrumentalist gifted with ability to play both the drums and guitar.
Pastor Biodun FatoyinboIn was given a mandate by God in February 1999, to start a ministry known as the Commonwealth Of Zion Assembly (COZA). This ministry was established and started running services in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
EDUCATION – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo was privileged to have studied at one of the best primary and secondary schools in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and West African School Certificate respectively. He then went to further his education at University Of Ilorin in Kwara State, Nigeria. Where his stay was not very fruitful due to the association he had and this led to his rustication from the school while in 300 level. Thereafter, went to obtain his first degree from University Of Benin in Edo State, Nigeria. Where he also got the opportunity of redirecting his life to Christ and beginning a journey into destiny fully and later given a mandate to start a ministry.
PERSONAL LIFE – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
God’s servant Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is 47-year old, he is happily married to Pastor Mrs. Modele Fatoyinbo. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo happen to have gotten married to his beautiful wife at an early in his youth day, when he was twenty-four (24) years old. This happened in year 2000, which was just a year after he got the mandate to start a ministry.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo loves, value and cherish his wife so much and he is forever grateful for the fact that she has always stood by his side over the years without giving up on him during his trying times. Their union is both fruitful and blessed with four (4) awesome children, which consist of two boys and two girls. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and his wonderful family lives in one of the well established estate in Abuja and has other valuable properties across different parts of the world. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is an entrepreneur who takes advantage of investments opportunities in some major companies within and other side Nigeria.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is a very committed believer who stand by the doctrines and teaching of excellence and spirituality, which is the major pillars via which he operates his ministry (COZA). He is the founder of the popular saying, “I Celebrate You” which is a common language spoken by his church members to one another before, during and after services. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has hosted many anointed servants of God including the likes of American Pastor, T.D Jakes, the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and host of many others.
CAREER – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo officially started ministerial work since the year 1999, and he has being doing very sound in the ministry ever since. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo’s ministry has being experiencing growth in terms of its members and branches, currently it members is estimated to be over 20,000 physical persons and over 40,000 persons following online, the ministry also has five branches also called campuses in Nigeria and United Arab Emirates. The ministry’s (COZA) headquarters is situated in Asokoro Extension, FCT-Abuja. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and his beautiful wife, Pastor Modele, happens to be the Senior Pastors in charge of the headquarters. Considering the ministry’s present congregation of over twenty thousand (20,000) physical and forty thousand (40,000) online members, COZA is rated one of the biggest Pentecostal ministries in Nigeria.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has also established his ministry in other major cities asides Abuja, their other campuses are situated in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ilorin, and Dubai respectively. COZA is well-known and considered one of the top leading New Generation Ministries in Nigeria today. The ministry (COZA) is well pronounced for its countless humanitarian and charitable deeds it has embarked upon to reach as many lives as possible with the biblical conviction of expressing the love of Christ to as many as are in need within their reach. Over the year, the ministry under the leadership of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has further expanded it humanitarian movement, by establishing an NGO called COZA Care Foundation. COZA Care Foundation was created and funded with the primary aim of organizing charity programs such as; Jesus Paid It All, Shop For Free (Yard Sale), and Leprosarium Outreach.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo through his ministry has being a blessing to many, some times in the past himself and some church members visited one Boys Correctional Facility in Oregun-Lagos State, carried out free medical test outreach program for those living in Irewole Community, also in Lagos State, took out time to visit Inmates at Ikoyi Prisons with the so aim of providing relief funds and other useful materials, also visited Oke Kura and Mandala prisons in Ilorin respectively.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is a good lover of gospel music, as a result of his love for gospel music he was inspired to create two (2) music groups which are by named; The Avalanche and The Gratitude. The first music group (The Avalanche ) was created in the year 2008, and while the second music group (The Gratitude) was established in the year 2016. The Gratitude’s mandate is to provide the music world/industry a common, mainstream and conventional music with quality spiritual message attached. The Gratitude was formed as a brand of gospel and pop genres. On the other hand, The Avalanche’s mandate is to compose, write and perform deep soaking spiritual worship and praise songs. The Avalanche has being doing well in terms of fulfilling its mandate, and also had the privilege of ministering in many gospel gatherings across the world. The Avalanche has gone further to perform gospel songs with top music ministers such as Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Don Moen and host of others.
The Gratitude became very pronounced and as well as a household name after they released one of their single titled; “Rabababa-Eh”. This particular single “Rabababa-Eh” trended and also became one of the top choice praise songs played, listened to and performed in Nigerian churches. On the account of crediting The Gratitude for their work well done, the music group won themselves the Choir/Group Of The Year award at the UK Gospel Touch Music Awards.
CONTROVERSY – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo and his ministry had records of issues that later became talk of the time and also lots of controversies. Though, most of these controversies are related to sexual immoralities.
Ese Walter in the year 2013, a one time member of ministry (COZA) came out and revealed that she once had a week-long affair with Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo. Ese Walter admitted that Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo did not rape her as the case maybe but that they just had an affair, though he was already married as at the time of this affair. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo later came out to deny these trending allegations, although the news was already a talk for many in the public domain and on social media. But himself and his church (COZA) came out of that controversies just fine.
However in May 2019 Busola Dakolo’s case trended, barely six year after Ese Walter controversies. One of Nigerian popular singer in the person of Timi Dakolo, cleverly accused Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of sexual immorality when he stated that, “… your pastor leaves a trail of broken women, sexually abused and mentally strangled… he handpicks his victims and ruins them”. This Timi Dakolo said in a post he made on Instagram and further made his points clear by accuse COZA Pastor of not only sleeping with his wife but that he also raped her (Busola Dakolo). Busola Dakolo was one time committed member in COZA and she is also a famous photographer who is well known within and outside the nation. This particular news created more controversies and got the public talking and also made the social media space very busy than even the case of Ese Walter. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo also came out to reply to this particular allegation and swore openly that he has never raped anyone before in his life, not even when he was an unbeliever. On account of the accusations against him and the time for him to take proper actions, he decided to step down from the leadership position of the church till August 2019. Thereafter, in November 2019, Busola Dakolo’s case filed against him was dismissed in Abuja court as an empty and purely sentimental claims without concrete evidence, and by the way the claimed act happened over twenty years ago.
Although, so many Nigerian celebrities reacted to this particular issue and as well went further to make their comments across different social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Everyone with their personal opinions on the matter, though some percentage of the public were in support of Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, while the rest percentage of the people are fully on the side of Busola Dakolo with the trending hashtag #istandwithbusola
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo Church (COZA)
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA). The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) is believed to have a congregation of over twenty-thousand (20,000) people present physically at every of her services at various branches in Nigeria and Dubai respectively. It is also estimated that their (COZA) online communities which constitutes all those listening their sermons and following their services from different parts of the world are approximately forty thousand (40,000) persons.
NET WORTH – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is currently ranked among one of the richest Pastors in Nigerian today. He lives a comfortable life style as a result of his earnings from his businesses, and he has a university, and his church the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) is also ranked one of the biggest in the country. Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo’s net worth is estimated to be over $12 million.
SOCIAL MEDIA – Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is a man with a large internet presence and influence, who currently has over 503k followers on Instagram and over 50.9k followers on Twitter.
- Instagram: @biodunfatoyinbo
- Twitter: @cozaglobal
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