Malaika Agba is known as a sheer terror and resides on Alafia Street by Isolo Road Junction in Mushin, Lagos State in south western part of Nigeria where she holds what I will call an absolute control over her followers and worshippers while simultaneously casting a shadow of gloom and doom upon the neighborhood. As at the time I watched her clip then, she had about 800 -1,000 worshippers but as it stands today, I do not know how many worshippers are still under her overpowering influence.
Malaika Agba whose real name is Olayinka Oladipupowas based at Oke Moni at Isiwo-Ijebu in Ogun State. She was born in the same house in Mushin where she declared herself to be a God. As a young lady, she got married and had four kids, three of her kids have all died and she is left with only one daughter.
Her church has been described to look like the Cherubim and Seraphim. Her own church is named New Jerusalem Church and located around Alaafia Junction in Mushin, Lagos State, Nigeria. Its services are laced with fast-paced songs, members wearing colourful robes all singing the praises of the almighty and all-knowing Malaika Agba.
Infact her church congregation where literary worshiping her after she proclaim herself as God. Malaika Agba is still very much alive and is running her church with a strong grip on her followers and worshippers. She is also accused of sleeping with her church members especially the male. She commands them to sleep with her and they always obey her command. She has no doubt in her mind as she makes the shocking claim that she is God and this same statement she made very clear in her interview with Kola Olawuyi.
Actually, what really brought Malaika Agba to limelight was a criminal case filed against her. A 21-year-old girl named Bosede Olaniyi had died in Malaika’s home under very questionable circumstances. The girl was adopted by Malaika Agba when she was around 12 years old. Malaika Agba claimed she knew the mother of the child on a mountain where they prayed but did not really know of the father. She adopted the girl in 1997 and the girl was with her until around 2005 when she died all of a sudden and swiftly buried at the Matori Cemetery on the orders of Malaika Agba who said she was in a service when they called her and told her of Bose’s death.
Malaika Agba later confess that she used to do what she called ‘spiritual surgeries’ for her followers to ‘evacuate the dirtiness in their stomachs’. She had initially claimed that Bose died after complaining of malaria. Following the outcry from the public, the corpse of the late Bose was exhumed few weeks after her burial and taken to the Military Hospital at Awolowo Road in Ikoyi, Lagos where forensic pathologists said they notice an accumulation of bacteria around her heart and that under her elbow was a gaping hole of an injection. Malaika Agba later stated that it is true that means that she use to inject her followers when it was time for the ‘spiritual surgery’. What she injected them with cannot be ascertained as at the time of filling this report.
Malaika Agba was arrested and detained at the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters in Panti, Lagos State where she made all her confessions. But at that moment, the case died out and she was freed due to her influence and clout.
Kola Olawuyi himself said he had to turn down the heat on the matter because if he pressed on with it, she would have been charged with murder and would most likely go to jail or even worse and that he did not want Nigerians to accuse him of being the one to orchestrate the jailing or execution of another person. So he let the case die a natural death and many people never heard of Malaika Agba again.
Kola Olawuyi later died and his very resourceful investigative journalism platform faded away. But my interest in the case never waned at any point as I always wondered what became of Malaika Agba and her worshippers who bowed before her with unflinching surrender.
Her commands were followed without an atom of questioning, she had total control, and I think she still does. If you arrive late at her services, you will be flogged, if you talk to someone else while she is preaching, you will be flogged and if you make the mistake of dozing or sleeping off while she is giving her sermon, that will be extra dose of flogging for you.
Her nickname ‘Malaika Agba’ can be translated to mean ‘The Most Senior Angel’, ‘The Most Powerful Angel’ or ‘The Mysterious Angel’. She is said to burn money offerings from her members if the sum is not sufficient enough. On Fridays, she blocks the entire street for her prayers and procession.
Malaika Agba is addressed as ‘Baba’ meaning ‘The Father’, she claims to be a man and a woman all wrapped into one and you cannot enter her presence with your shoes on, for her area has been declared ‘holy’. She claimed the name ‘Baba’ was given to her by some Islamic clerics (Alfas) who ‘checked’ and did their research and knew that she was indeed, the real deal. She has a small or dwarfish physique but all her followers bow before her.
Abiodun Maryann Olanrewaju Yetunde is an Abiyamo fan and this was how she described Malaika Agba: She used to have a Church/Mosque in Alaafia street Mushin, where she worship as Christians on Sunday and as Muslims on Friday. ….she would spread mats from d beginning of Alaafia junction to Cameron street…..different colours of sultanas, people acted like dey were possessed during praise and worship….during Easter period her husband will ride on a horse like it’s written in the Bible. Malaika Agba is widely feared, especially by those in her neighborhood. Some of those who lived on her street are still terrified of her despite leaving the area over a decade ago.
They all talks of how Malaika Agba was fond of snatching the husbands of various women in the area. Although Malaika Agba claimed to be married as at the time Kola Olawuyi interviewed her, she made it clear she loves sex and cannot ignore it. She said she came to this world from her celestial abode to do faaji (enjoy). She is accused of buying men to have sex with her while another allegation is that she turns the male members of her congregation into her sex slaves.
Her church has been described as a ‘den of death’ where worshippers die under very questionable circumstances but are hurriedly buried. If worshipers contribute their offerings during service and its made up of mostly small denominations, she is known to burn the entire cash. Malaika Agba said she decided to come ‘down’ to earth because the complaints lodged by human beings to her in heaven were just too much. Therefore, she decided to descend and see things for herself. Why she chose Nigeria is what I don’t understand.
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