Tunde Bakare is a Nigerian Prophetic-Apostolic pastor. He has received national and international attention for his televangelism, which has sometimes been critical of the Nigerian government. He was reportedly arrested in March 2002 after preaching sermons critical of then-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Pastor (Dr.) ‘Tunde Bakare was born to a Muslim mother and a Muslim father, whom he did not grow up to know. His mother, Madam Abigail Eebudola Bakare raised him along with other siblings. Married to Mrs. Olayide Bakare in 1984, Pastor Bakare’s marriage has played a pivotal role in his life, career and ministry. "Mrs. B", as she is affectionately called by her husband, has been involved in ministry work all her adult life. First a co-pastor of The Latter Rain Assembly and presently a member of the board of trustees of the Church, Mrs Bakare has been instrumental to the growth and development of her husband’s ministry. Pastor and Mrs. Bakare have raised two girls and three boys in their twenty six years of marriage.
Tunde Bakare lives in the multi-million dollar estate called Sugar Loaf Estate in the high Brow community of Atlanta.
He has appeared as a preacher on AIT television. The Nigerian presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, 31 January, announced Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, Lagos as his running mate for the 2011 Nigerian presidential election which he accepted. CPC lost the presidential election to PDP, and Pastor Bakare remains a fierce critic of the Nigerian government and leadership.
Pastor Bakare summarizes five major aspects of his life:
Tunde Bakare was the attention of fierce criticims for the sermon he delivered at his church following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States of America, Pastor Tunde Bakare was quick to blame America and Americans for the terror attacks stating that their sins, and ungodly way of life had brought the attacks on the USA.
His persuasion: “I’m fully persuaded that I will live long in health; having long life in health, with wealth for the purpose for which He created me to be a blessing to humanity”. This persuasion invariably affects and informs his thought patterns, decision making process and choices in life.
His conviction: “God will not justify the wicked, He will not forsake the righteous; the wickedness of a wicked man will fall upon his head and the righteousness of a righteous man will answer for him in the days to come”.
“The minority that is right will become the majority and the majority that is wrong will become the minority, it’s just a matter of time”.
His passion: “To see that the true perspective of the gospel of Jesus Christ is given to people without any contamination or mixture”.
His Legacy: “My legacy? The grace to pray through”. Surprisingly, Pastor Bakare initially as a young Christian did not have a flare or desire to pray, but according to him, circumstances in his marriage as orchestrated by God taught him not only how to pray but also how to pray through.
Secret of his success: Obedience only to the word and instructions of God. Sandwiched between his willingness and desire to do the will of God is obedience even when all things are working contrary to the word of God.
- The Latter Rain Assembly :: Apostolic community
- Official website
- It Takes Idiots to Be Ruled By Fools Sermon given in August, 2012.
- New religious movements in the twenty-first century. Routledge. 2004. p. 174.
- "Nigeria's 'prophet of doom' detained". The Independent (South Africa). 3 March 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
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