Benson Idahosa

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Benson Andrew Idahosa
Personal details
Born (1938-09-11)11 September 1938
Benin City, Edo, Nigeria
Died 12 March 1998(1998-03-12) (aged 59)
Nationality Nigerian
Denomination Christian
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.[1]


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.[2] He was the founding president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).[citation needed] He was once the President of All Nations for Christ Bible Institute.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "About Benson Idahosa University". Benson Idahosa University. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ John Sweeney (31 December 2000). "Sects, power and miracles in the Bible belt of Essex". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2011.

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