Daniel Obinim

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Daniel Obinim
Born (1977-08-29) August 29, 1977 (age 42)
OccupationPreacher, Magician
Spouse(s)Florence Obinim

Daniel Obinim, also known as Bishop Daniel Obinim or Angel Obinim (born 29 August 1977), is a Ghanaian pastor known for self-proclaimed spiritual powers, magician and extreme Christian practices [1] which have often sparked national outrage for infringement on rights of church members. Many have accused him of being a bogus preacher, however, he remains a blessing to many other people who throng his meetings to receive their miracles and breakthroughs. Obinim is the Head Pastor of the International Godsway Ministries.

Controversies[edit]

Stepping on Woman's Belly[edit]

In 2014 Obinim was seen on television stepping on the belly of a woman in a "deliverance" ritual.[2][3][4] This led the Amnesty International in Ghana to call for his prosecution for assault.[5]

Declarations[edit]

Daniel Obinim has made several public controversial declarations.[6] He declared he was an angel, which led to the name "Angel Obinim" given to him by his church. He also seemed to have conjured a passport for a church member who lost his. In 2016, he told his church he could transform himself and others into objects and animals. Jon Benjamin, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, ridiculed him for these claims over Twitter.[7]

2016 flogging case[edit]

Obinim in August 2016 publicly flogged two teenagers, one of whom was pregnant, on live television, accusing them of fornicating and conspiring to abort a pregnancy, leading to public outcry,[8] after the video also went viral on social media. Ghana's Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection Nana Oye Lithur herself led a campaign for his arrest, by lodging a complaint to the Ghana Police Service Domestic Violence and Victims’ Support Unit (DOVVSU).[9] He was subsequently arrested.

Following the arrest, hundreds of his church members besieged the police station where he was held to demand his release, a move that was seen to be the first of its kind involving a religious leader. They also threatened not to vote for the current government in Ghana's upcoming election in December 2016 if Obinim is not released.[10] The protesters were dispersed with a water cannon.[11]

Confrontation with Angel Gabriel[edit]

In a recent video circulated in the early days of May 2018, on social media, Angel Obinim is seen arguing with invisible creatures, who he disclosed to be his master in the heavenly realm and Angel Gabriel. He spoke in a strange language and explained to the congregation that he was being interrogated by the master for a task he and his partner, Angel Gabriel, could not fully complete. In proving that he was not at fault, he said to the master "Father ask him, yes you can ask him Gabriel. Yes because I went there with Angel Gabriel. I went there with him". He continued to have the conversation with the heavenly cohort and finally revealed that his master had forgiven him and promised to pay his partner back for almost getting him in trouble.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bishop Obinim arrested again!". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  2. ^ Okonkwo, Oge. "In Ghana: Pastor steps on pregnant woman stomach during deliverance". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  3. ^ "Bishop Obinim Steps on the Stomach of a Pregnant Woman | He Should Be ARRESTED". Ghanacelebrities.com. 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  4. ^ "| Sahara Reporters". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  5. ^ Awal, Mohammed. "Arrest Obinim immediately – Amnesty Int'l demands". Archived from the original on 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  6. ^ Kyei, Quaci. "5 Ridiculous Claims By Bishop Obinim Over The Years". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  7. ^ Myjoyonline.com. "Ghana News - Turn into a snake on TV and let's see – British High Commissioner dares Obinim". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  8. ^ "Obinim flogs two church members for fornicating - GHOne Television". 2016-08-18. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  9. ^ "Oye Lithur reports Obinim to DOVVSU". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  10. ^ Adogla-Bessa, Delali (2016-08-24). "'No Bishop Obinim, no vote' - Supporters cry at Nima Police station [Photos]". citifmonline. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  11. ^ Myjoyonline.com. "Ghana News - One arrested as supporters of Obinim chant "No Obinim, no vote"". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  12. ^ https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Obinim-claims-to-have-visited-heaven-and-chastised-Angel-Gabriel-649018