Shepherd Bushiri

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dr.Shepherd Huxley Bushiri (born 20 February 1983), known as Major 1 or Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, is a Christian preacher,motivation speaker, Author [1] and businessman[2][3] from Malawi. He founded and leads a Christian non-denominational evangelical church known as the Enlightened Christian Gathering.[4] The church has headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa with branches in other African countries and around the world, it attracts 1000 of people every day. [5][6] He describes the church as a Prophetic Ministry based on the principle that God cares and loves people and wants to speak directly to them.[7][1]

Bushiri also runs an investment company, Shepherd Bushiri Investments (Pty) Ltd, a global investment company based in Sandton near Johannesburg, with interests in mining, real estate, an airline and other entrepreneurial pursuits.[8][9] According to Bushiri, he ventured into business to support his family as he does not believe the church must support his family.[10]

History[edit]

Shepherd Bushiri grew up in Mzuzu, which is in the northern part of Malawi.[11] His mother gave him the name Shepherd due to the complexities around his birth, acknowledging the Lord as her Shepherd.[12][13]  At a young age, he had a spiritual encounter that led him to dedicate his life to serving God. He travels around the world holding crusades and meetings focused on teaching, prophesy and healing.[14][15][16][17][18]

In August 2018, he was invited as a guest of honor at South Africa’s National Day of Inter-faith prayer held at the Emirates Airline Stadium in Johannesburg; at which he offered prayers of reconciliation and unity.[19] The event was attended by South African leading clergy and South Africa’s Vice President David Mabuza.[20]

Career[edit]

Shepherd Bushiri started business at an early age after receiving a small loan from his father. The loan was used in farming with profits reinvested into larger ventures. He is now known as one of the wealthiest pastors in the world and one of the most affluent people in Africa.[21][22]

Bushiri is mentored by multimillionaire businessman and leader of Good News Church in UK, Prophet Uebert Angel.[18] With Bushiri being the most celebrated and popular Spiritual Son of Prophet Angel. Angel has other Spiritual sons including but not limited to Africa based Romeo Marom, Bulgaria based miracle worker Maksim Asenov, leader of Imperial City Church, Isaiah Brian Sovi and South African based Apostle Miz Tancred.[23]

Enlightened Christian Gathering[edit]

The Enlightened Christian Gathering is reported as one of the fastest growing churches in Africa and the world.[24][25]

Bushiri is the founder of the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG).[26] He has established and leads churches in South Africa, Malawi,Ghana and other countries. His gatherings, at which a range of merchandise is on sale.  He has been interviewed for television by the BBC, and received coverage also in Al Jazeera, New African, Nigerian Tribune, and African Leadership magazine.[26]

Bushiri’s services attract over 100,000 viewers via his personally owned television station, social media and in-person attendees.[27][28][29][30] His largest gatherings are held on New Year’s Eve at FNB Stadium, South Africa with over 95,000 attendees both in 2016 and 2017.[31][32][33] The FNB Stadium is the largest stadium in Africa.[34][35][36]

SB Investments[edit]

Shepherd Bushiri's company, SB Investments (Pty) Ltd, is an international investment company, based in Sandton near Johannesburg, with interests in oil, mining, real estate, transportation and the hospitality industry.[37][38] On February 20, 2018, Bushiri launched one of his hotel investments, a multi-million-dollar property in South Africa.[39][40]  SBI has a special interest in supporting governments including economies of fragile state countries.  In 2017 Bushiri was hosted by the Vice President of South Sudan – Dr James Igga, Reserve Bank Governor and Finance Minister during which a business deal was signed in the area of infrastructure and development.[41][42] In 2018 Shepherd Bushiri was given the prestigious award and induction into the CEO Hall of Fame by the African Leadership Magazine.[43][44][45][46]

Charity Work[edit]

Shepherd Bushiri has been involved in many charitable works around the world, including work in Malawi, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Botswana and South Africa.[47][48][17] He provides charitable donations including livelihood support; educational support for orphans; humanitarian relief in the form of food subsidies.[47][17][49]  On 2017, he took Maize to Lilongwe and spent K85 Million in Malawi Charity.[50] He has invested in young people through his sports academy[51]  and through Major 1 Records which sponsors and show-cases up-and-coming music artists.[52] In July 18, 2018, Nelson Mandela Day, Bushiri launched an Africa-wide school adoption program with donations to a local school. The event was attended by Senior Government Officials from the South Africa Ministry of Education.[53]   

Controversy[edit]

Bushiri has been accused of making unproven claims of "curing HIV." He countered that he has never performed a miracle in his life because only Jesus can.[54] Nevertheless, due to his claims of unproven miracles, Botswana temporarily banned him from entering the country[55] before courts ruled the ECG church is allowed to continue operating in the country[56][57] and he is free to enter the country at will.[58]

The fees charged to attend some of Bushiri's public dinners have been questioned. It was reported that he charged up to R25,000 for a seat at his table at a gala dinner held on 23 December 2017 at the Pretoria Showground,[59][60] and N$1,000 for entry to a dinner held in Windhoek, Namibia in January 2016.[61] Bushiri in several news interviews categorically refuted the published extreme pricing claims for "so-called gala dinners" calling them "fabricated."[62]

Personal[edit]

Shepherd Bushiri enjoys football and chess.[63] He is married to Mary Bushiri, an accountant who previously held a senior managerial position for an international development NGO, who now does business ventures and Christian ministry. The Bushiris have two daughters.[64][65]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b NewWork (2017-10-11). "In conversation with one of Africa's biggest pastors - New African Magazine". New African Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  2. ^ "Bushiri finalises a $200mil deal with South Sudan for roads and mining - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  3. ^ Staff Writer. "ALM Business Excellence Awards and African Leadership CEOS HALL OF FAME". Hanergy Oil. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ Editor, Online. "God appeared to me in my dream – Prophet Bushiri | Lusaka Voice". www.lusakavoice.com. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  5. ^ Khumalo, Chomi (2018-02-07). "Malawi: Prophet Bushiri's ECG Ranks One of Fastest Growing Churches Globally". Nyasa Times (Leeds). Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  6. ^ "Enlightened Christian Gathering Archives - The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders". The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  7. ^ Bushiri, Shepherd (2017). Prophetic Calling. SB Publishers.
  8. ^ "Malawi: Bushiri Investments in Dubai Mark First Anniversary - Gold, Oil and Gas Companies". Nyasa Times (Leeds). 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  9. ^ "Bushiri Investments in K15bn hotel project in Lilongwe - The Nation Online". The Nation Online. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  10. ^ "In conversation with one of Africa's biggest pastors - New African Magazine". New African Magazine. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  11. ^ Fihlani, Pumza (2018-03-05). "Meeting the man who says he can walk on air". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  12. ^ "Prophet Shepherd Bushiri". Voice of Dominion. 2017-04-11. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  13. ^ "Prophet Bushiri comes to town". www.sundaynews.co.zw. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  14. ^ "THE MAJOR ONE WORSHIPS IN SOUTH KOREA". DailySun. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  15. ^ "Bushiri on gospel crusade in South Korea: Scores turn up to receive prophet at airport - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  16. ^ "Prophet Bushiri gets thunderous welcome in Nigeria - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2017-05-07. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  17. ^ a b c "Prophet Bushiri globalises gospel, charity: Takes Central America's Island of Nicaragua by storm - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  18. ^ a b "Famous South Africa-based Malawian prophet, Bushiri expected in Uganda". UG Christian News. 2017-12-05. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  19. ^ "South Africa govt, clergy embraces Bushiri: Prophet invited to speak at day of inter-faith prayers - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2018-08-18. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  20. ^ "Deputy President David Mabuza: Inter-Faith National Prayer Day | South African Government". www.gov.za. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  21. ^ "Most Affluent Families In Africa That You Probably Never Knew About". Africa.com. 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  22. ^ "Prophet Shepherd Bushiri - Biography, Age, Wife, Family, Private Jets". Answers Africa. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  23. ^ "Spiritual Father of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Archives - The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders". The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  24. ^ "fastest growing church in the world Archives - The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders". The Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  25. ^ Staff Writer (2 February 2018). "Prophet Bushiri's ECG ranks one of fastest growing churches globally". Nyasa Times. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  26. ^ a b "BBC features Malawi-born Prophet Bushiri on his church's rapid growth - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  27. ^ "BUSHIRI'S PROPHETIC CHANNEL STARTS BROADCASTING LIVE SERVICES - afriem.org". afriem.org. 2015-03-21. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  28. ^ "Malawi: Prophet Bushiri Smashes Record in SA With 100k Congregants for Normal Service". Nyasa Times (Leeds). 2016-10-11. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  29. ^ "Breaking News: Joyce Banda meets Bushiri, bushiri brings a dead boy back to life - afriem.org". afriem.org. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  30. ^ "Malawi: Bushiri Investments in Dubai Mark First Anniversary - Gold, Oil and Gas Companies". Nyasa Times (Leeds). 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  31. ^ Blignaut, Maryn. "Take notes Cassper Nyovest: Prophet Bushiri fills up the FNB Stadium". Briefly. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  32. ^ "'Prophet' Shepherd Bushiri crossover service attracts 100k people – Nehanda Radio". Nehanda Radio. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  33. ^ "Op-Ed: Prophet Bushiri's crossover services a boost for local tourism - CNBC Africa". CNBC Africa. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  34. ^ "FNB Stadium", Wikipedia, 2018-08-28, retrieved 2018-09-11
  35. ^ "List of African stadiums by capacity", Wikipedia, 2018-07-16, retrieved 2018-09-11
  36. ^ "The Largest Stadiums In Africa By Capacity". WorldAtlas. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  37. ^ "Bushiri is up for something bigger: The world must watch out! - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  38. ^ Mkandawire, Angela. "Lilongwe Asks Bushiri to Invest Back Home". Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  39. ^ "Bushiri sets to launch his multi-million dollar hotel in South Africa on his birthday Feb. 20  - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  40. ^ "Shepherd Bushiri launches "SB Hotels: Sparkling Waters and Spa" in SA - PICTURES – Nehanda Radio". Nehanda Radio. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  41. ^ "Bushiri finalises a $200mil deal with South Sudan for roads and mining - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  42. ^ "South Sudan: Prophet Bushiri Rallies South Sudanese Together - Prays for Their Peace, Unity". Nyasa Times (Leeds). 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  43. ^ "FORMER PRESIDENT OF MADAGASCAR, 25 CEOS RECEIVE AFRICAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS … INDUCTED INTO CEOS HALL OF FAME | African Leadership Magazine". africanleadership.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  44. ^ "Bushiri gets inducted in 2018 Africa's CEO Hall of Fame: Receives bussines excellence award - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  45. ^ "ALM Business Excellence Awards and African Leadership CEOS HALL OF FAME – Hanergy Oil Ghana Ltd". www.hanergyoil.com. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  46. ^ "Liberia's Taa Wongbe Inducted into The African Leadership Magazine's CEO Hall of Fame | Liberian Observer". www.liberianobserver.com. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  47. ^ a b "Bushiri commended for helping the needy - The Nation Online". The Nation Online. 2016-01-13. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  48. ^ "My charity works are not political— Shepherd Bushiri | The Times Group". www.times.mw. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  49. ^ "Mandela Day: Prophet Bushiri launches R20 million charity in honour of struggle icon birthday". Khuluma Afrika. 2017-07-19. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  50. ^ Staff Writer (13 February 2016). "Malawi: Bushiri Takes Maize Donation to Lilongwe - Prophet Spends K85 Million in Malawi Charity". All Africa. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  51. ^ Staff Writer. "Malawi/South Africa: Bushiri Academy of Sports Launched in SA - Malawian Prophet Wants to Develop Football Stars". All Africa. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  52. ^ Dr Praise, God Is Here, retrieved 2018-09-11
  53. ^ "Bushiri launches Africa-wide programme on Mandela Day with K29 million worth donations to SA school | Malawi 24 - Malawi news". Malawi 24. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  54. ^ Chawane, Gopolang (16 April 2018). "Bushiri: I've never performed a miracle in my life". The Citizen. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  55. ^ "'Miracle' pastor's church shut down". BBC News. 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  56. ^ "ECG Church To Continue Operating In Botswana". Botswana Youth Magazine. 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  57. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Botswana court stops Police from shutting down Prophet Bushiri's ECG church - The Maravi Post". The Maravi Post. 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  58. ^ "Botswana says Prophet Bushiri not prohibited immigrant: Free and welcome to enter country - Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi". Malawi Nyasa Times - Malawi breaking news in Malawi. 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  59. ^ "Botswana shuts down Shepherd Bushiri's churches | IOL News". Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  60. ^ "Prophet Bushiri gala ticket prices cause social media outrage". News24. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  61. ^ "The non-believer's faith - I dined with prophet Shepherd Bushiri". The Namibian. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  62. ^ "Shepherd Bushiri Childhood Biography & Net Worth - Blogtify - Famous Celebrities, tmz.com". Blogtify - Famous Celebrities, tmz.com. 2018-08-05. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  63. ^ "Anointed football, chess with Prophet Bushiri". The Herald. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  64. ^ "BUSHIRI FOR BYO". www.sundaynews.co.zw. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  65. ^ "Shocking photos of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (35) who now owns 4 private jets". The Zambian Observer. 2018-07-01. Retrieved 2018-09-11.

External links[edit]


Category:South African preachers