Just about a year ago, Prophet Iretiola Ajanaku came to the limelight via his adopted songress, Tope Alabi, who often sing praise him to high heavens. Shortly before his death however, the once upon a blossom relationship between the two broke down with all sorts of accusations and counter accusations from both parties. Now all seem to be history as Iretiola has finally gone into another life. Indications are that the prophet may have actually died when the rumour of his death first filtered out. But the church members and his immediate family are said to have embarked on a marathon of prayers, thinking the situation could be redeemed. As at last Thursday however, it was dawn on them that his death was irredeemable as his body had started to ooze out decaying odour.
This magazine exclusively gathered that his death was shrouded in mystery and his adventure into evangelism was equally questionable. It was gathered that he was born a Muslim into a family well rooted in traditional worship of masquerade and oro. The prophet was christened Bashiru Oyediran but later adapted a masquerade name for his best known reasons.
According to findings at his home town in Gbongan,Osun state, a popular and most feared masquarde in the town is called Ajanaku. It was then a surprise to many that the late prophet adopted Ajanaku as his last name other than ‘Oyediran’ which is their family name. His late father is also the popular leader of Ajanaku masquerade and member of ‘Ewe nla club’ praise sang by the late Haruna Ishola in the 80s. At owo ope family compound in Gbongan where he hailed from, the story of his rise from obscurity to prominence was also like a mystery to many who spoke with News of the People. His peers however contested that his claim to be over 40 years old is far from the truth as those he grew up with are mostly in their late 30s.
His Link with Oro occult
Most people that spoke with this magazine admitted that it is not a big deal if the late prophet was romancing ‘oro’ or masquerade worshippers because he is a bonafide member. According to them “ there is no big deal about that because, he usually participate in our festivals anytime he comes to town”
The late prophet is married to Joy and have two children, Stella and Apotieri. His other siblings are Adelani Oyediran, a fomer economic adviser to Osun state governor and former MD of Kajola Investment. He is also related to Labitiko family that is rooted from Modakeke. Ajanaku moved to Lagos in the 90s and settled in Ipaja Ayobo area where he acquire skills in many vocations and engaged in several trades before his encounter with God. He founded and shepherded the Christ Revival Victory Chapel International, Ayobo, Ipaja, Lagos and rose to become the President of The Ajanaku World Outreach, a ministry devoted to the spread of the gospel outside the church. His last mission unaccomplished was Idoani For Christ, slated for September 30 and October 1, 2013 in Idoani, Ondo State. Until his death, he was a widely travelled evangelist with remarkable crusades and prophetic healings around the world. Burial arrangements will be announced by the family and the church While his remain has been deposited at the military morgue, Yaba, Lagos