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Did you know that this Nigerian actor, Jimmy Odukoya is a pastor?

Did you know that the vibrant Nigerian actor, Jimmy Odukoya, is not only a scene-stealer on screen but also takes the stage in a completely different arena as a pastor.


In September 2023, Jimmy Odukoya assumed the role of senior pastor at the Fountain of Life Church, succeeding his late father, Taiwo Odukoya, who founded the church and passed away at the age of 67 in the United States on August 7, 2024.

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As the first son of the late cleric and his deceased first wife, Bimbo Odukoya, Jimmy’s transition from the silver screen to the pulpit signifies a significant shift.


The announcement of his new role was made during a Sunday church service.

A pastor at The Fountain of Life Church, Rotimi Okpaise,revealed that the succession plan had been discussed with the board of trustees (BoT) by the late Pastor Odukoya before his demise.

The BoT unanimously elected Jimmy as the senior pastor and chairperson of the board.

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Nigerian actor and pastor, Jimmy Odukoya

He was ordained on September 30, 2023.

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He tied the knot with Kemi Odukoya in 2013, and their marriage has been blessed with two children.

Nigerian actor and pastor, Jimmy Odukoya, wife, Kemi Odukoya and child


The transition from the renowned actor to a pastor is a remarkable journey for Jimmy Odukoya, marking a new chapter in the legacy of the Fountain of Life Church, which was founded by his father in 1992.


Pastor Taiwo Odukoya’s passing occurred less than two years after his wife, Nomthi, succumbed to a two-year battle with cancer on November 9, 2021.


Jimmy, previously known for his roles in movies like ‘I am Nazzy,’ ‘Mambam’s Diamond,’ ‘Crazy Grannies,’ and ‘The Wait,’ has been actively involved in recent films.


He portrayed the character of Oba Ade in the 2022 film “The Woman King,” sharing the screen with Viola Davis and John Boyega.


Beyond his acting and pastoral career, Jimmy wears multiple hats as a motivational speaker, dancer, and fitness enthusiast.

The Nigerian actor received a nomination for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award in the “Best Supporting Actor of the Year” category.

During a January 2021 interview with actress Iretiola Doyle, Jimmy disclosed that his role as a pastor has no impact on his acting career.

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