Born on June 15, 1956, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya grew up with a strong Christian foundation. He answered the call to ministry at a young age and dedicated his life to serving God and guiding others on their spiritual journey. He died in the United States on Monday, August 7, 2023. Below are five things to know about him:
1: Lost his first wife to a plane crash: At the University of Ibadan, Odukoya and Bimbo Williams started up a romance that resulted in their marriage in 1984. They had three kids from the union. Bimbo Odukoya and 102 other passengers died on Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145, which crashed on December 10, 2005.
2: Lost his second wife to cancer: Five years later, on January 5, 2010, Taiwo Odukoya remarried South African Rosemary. Two boys were born from the union.
Odukoya lost his second wife to cancer in November 2021. On November 9, the pastor made an announcement regarding the passing of his wife, stating that the South African had “battled cancer for the better part of two years.”
3: Lost his sister weeks after his second wife’s death: Weeks after the death of his second wife, Pastor Odukoya lost his twin sister, Kehinde. His daughter, Tolu Ijogun via her verified Facebook page, confirmed the death of Pastor Odukoya’s sister. She wrote, ” My Dearest Aunty K, my birthing partner and one of my closest aunties. You were always there for me when I needed my mother the most.
“You held my hand and encouraged me, to say I will miss you is such an understatement. Rest on Aunty, love you.”
4: The Fountain of Life Church founded in 1992: Pastor With the mission to “teach men and women the art of building successful relationships and the principles of leadership so they can be they are created to be,” Odukoya co-founded The Fountain of Life Church in 1992. The Church has numerous missions in Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Switzerland, South Africa, the Republic of Benin, and Togo.
5: He worked as a petroleum engineer with NNPC: After completing the required one-year National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) program, he began working as a petroleum engineer for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in April 1982. He remained there until his voluntary retirement in January 1994, when he was called to the ministry.