Of false prophets and profits: Meet the Pentecostal preacher taking on the prosperity gospel

By Nangayi Guyson

 Pentecostalism has skyrocketed in popularity in Africa over the past few decades. Credit: Adam Cohn.

Pentecostalism has skyrocketed in popularity in Africa over the past few decades. Credit: Adam Cohn.

Born-again churches in Africa are becoming ever more popular, politically powerful, and lucrative. But criticism may also be growing.

On a bright Sunday morning, the roads on the slopes of Makerere are still muddy from yesterday’s heavy downpours. But these adverse conditions are little discouragement to the throngs of worshippers making their way to the House of Prayer Ministries International in Uganda’s capital of Kampala. Thousands disembark from cars and boda-boda or walk on foot to the church premises where they pass through security checks and take their seats under huge tents.

The person they are here to see first and foremost is the Pentecostal pastor Aloysius Bugingo. The father of four used to be part of the Victory Christian Centre led by the prominent preacher Joseph Sserwadda, but after the two men fell out a few years ago, Bugingo set up his own church. Since then, the charismatic performer has drawn huge crowds, preaching a provocative message that has proven as popular as it is controversial.

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SOURCES: African Arguments

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL), including several other international organizations of journalists.