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|Benson Andrew Idahosa|
11 September 1938|
Benin City, Edo, Nigeria
|Died||12 March 1998(aged 59)|
|Spouse||Archbishop Margaret Idahosa|
|Children||1 son, 3 daughters|
|Occupation||Televangelist, author, pastor|
Benson Andrew Idahosa (11 September 1938 – 12 March 1998) affectionately called PAPA or BABA by his followers, was a Charismatic Pentecostal preacher, and founder of the Church of God Mission International with headquarters in Benin City, Edo State. As the first Pentecostal archbishop in Nigeria, he was renowned for his robust faith. T. L. Osborn remarked on him as the greatest African ambassador of the apostolic Christian faith to the world.
Benson Andrew Idahosa is the founder of Benson Idahosa University (BIU) in Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria.
A claim made by Idahosa that he had raised eight people from the dead was dropped when challenged by the Advertising Standards Authority, who sought evidence that the individuals concerned had in fact been dead. He was the founding president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). He was once the President of All Nations for Christ Bible Institute.
- "About Benson Idahosa University". Benson Idahosa University. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
- John Sweeney (31 December 2000). "Sects, power and miracles in the Bible belt of Essex". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- Founders of Church of God Mission, Worldwide. Available at http://www.cgm-usa.org
- Garlock, Ruthane (1982). Fire in his bones: The story of Benson Idahosa - A leader of the Christian awakening in Africa. Logos Associates, ISBN 0-88270-451-6
- Dictionary of African Christian Biography - http://www.dacb.org/stories/nigeria/idahosa_bensona.html