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Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye Emerges as the New Soun of Ogbomoso

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Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye Emerges as the New Soun of Ogbomoso
Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye has been appointed as the new Soun of Ogbomoso in Oyo State, Nigeria. A former RCCG pastor based in the United States, Olaoye reluctantly accepted the throne after receiving a divine revelation. This article explores the life and career of the Soun-elect and how his faith and personal reservations intersect with his new role as a traditional ruler.

Ogbomoso, Oyo State - Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye has finally emerged as the Soun of Ogbomoso, one of the first-class traditional positions in Oyo state.

This follows the approval of the state governor, Seyi Makinde.

Legit.ng reports that Olusegun Olayiwola, the Commissioner for local government and intelligence affairs, announced this on Saturday, September 2.

It's been two years since the former Soun, King Jimoh Oladuni Oyewumi, Ajagungbade III, died. The late monarch died after spending 48 years on the throne.

Until his selection as Soun, Olaoye was the Pastor of RCCG Jesus House, Washington DC, United States of America.

The new Soun's wife is also a pastor; Pastor Mrs Omo Olaoye. The new monarch and his wife are blessed with two daughters.

He was born to the royal family of Olaoye, one of the five royal families alongside the Oyewunmis and Ajagunlades in Ogbomoso.

Soun-elect Olaoye studied English Language for his first degree while his second was in Industrial and Labour Relations.

Legit.ng gathers that the new monarch also has other degrees in other fields.

He had been a businessman before becoming an RCCG pastor in 1992, according to BBC.

Pastor Ghandi has led RCCG churches in three countries, Nigeria, Germany and the United States. He has also travelled to several other countries for clergy work.

He is currently the coordinator in charge of Convention and Special Projects for RCCG North America.

It was gathered that the new Soun's father tried to be the king in 1940. However, his son, who has now been made the king, was initially not interested in the throne.

The Soun-elect had said he would retire as a clergyman when he clocked 60 years of age.

Pastor Olaoye, who reportedly has personal reservations about the ancient throne, added that his faith as a Christian strongly contradicted every reason to become a traditional ruler.

However, the new monarch said God spoke to him about the stool in a revelation.

He added that he informed the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, of his disinterest in the stool, The Punch also reported.

The pastor said it was never his ambition to become the Soun.

He said he never wanted to be a king but God spoke to him about it, and he had no option but to take a step of faith to obey God and watch what He wanted to do.

The appointment of Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye as the new Soun of Ogbomoso has brought a mixture of surprise and excitement to the community. Olaoye's background as an RCCG pastor in America adds a unique aspect to his ascension to the throne.

Having served in various RCCG churches across different countries, Olaoye's experience and leadership skills will undoubtedly bring a fresh perspective to his traditional role.

His journey from being a businessman to becoming a pastor and now a traditional ruler serves as an inspiration to many. Olaoye's desire to retire as a clergyman and his initial reluctance to become a king highlight the internal conflicts he faced as an individual.

However, his unwavering faith and the divine revelation he received compelled him to accept the throne and fulfill God's plan for his life.

The Soun-elect's personal reservations about the ancient throne and his Christian faith present an interesting juxtaposition. It will be intriguing to see how he balances his religious beliefs with his traditional obligations.

Ogbomoso, known for its rich cultural heritage, will undoubtedly benefit from Olaoye's leadership. As a representative of the people, he has an opportunity to promote unity, development, and progress in the community.

With his extensive experience in world travels for clergy work, Olaoye brings a global perspective that can facilitate growth and partnerships for Ogbomoso.

The appointment of Afolabi Ghandi Olaoye as the Soun of Ogbomoso marks a new era for the community. His religious background, coupled with his diverse experiences, makes him a unique and promising traditional ruler.

As Olaoye assumes the throne, the people of Ogbomoso eagerly anticipate the positive impact he will have on their lives and the community as a whole.

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