Shepherd Bushiri also known as Major 1 is a Malawian Christian preacher, self proclaimed prophet, businessman, motivational speaker, and author. He founded and leads a Christian non-denominational charismatic evangelical church known as the Enlightened Christian Gathering based in South Africa. Shepherd Bushiri is now known as one of the wealthiest pastors in the world and one of the most affluent people in Africa. He is mentored by multimillionaire businessman and leader of Good News Church in the UK, Prophet Uebert Angel.
Bushiri was born to a Malawian father and a Zambian mother. He is married to Mary Bushiri, who is active in charity work. They have two daughters together. On 29 March 2021, he announced the passing away of his first daughter Israella, and stated that as a father it was his desire to see her grow and serve the Lord.
Bushiri grew up in Mzuzu, which is in the northern part of Malawi. His mother gave him the name Shepherd due to the complexities around his birth, acknowledging the Lord as her Shepherd.
He travels around the world holding crusades and meetings focused on teaching, prophesy and healing. In August 2018, he was invited as a guest of honour at South Africa’s National Day of Inter-faith prayer held at the Emirates Airline Stadium in Johannesburg, during which he offered prayers of reconciliation and unity. The event was attended by South African leading clergy and South Africa’s Vice President David Mabuza.
He founded and leads a Christian non-denominational charismatic evangelical church known as the Enlightened Christian Gathering based in South Africa. The church has headquarters in Pretoria, South Africa, with branches in other African countries and around the world. Tens of thousands of people are attracted to the church every day. 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”.
Bushiri also runs a global investment company, Shepherd Bushiri Investments, based in Sandton, near Johannesburg, 27+ mines, with interests in forex trading, real estate and in the airline industry. He also owns a television channel, a telecommunications company, various farms, properties, sports academies and universities. Bushiri ventured into business as a young man to support his community and the work of the gospel globally. His rise to wealth has been called meteoric, using innovative business methods in various industries to accumulate riches.
Shepherd Bushiri Biography
|Prophet Shepherd Bushiri
Preacher, motivational speaker, author, businessman
|Date of Birth
|20 February 1983
|Source of Income
|Shepherd Bushiri Investments, Books
|Prophet Uebert Angel
|Moyale Secondary School
|Healings, Miracles, Prophecies etc.
Shepherd Bushiri Books:
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has published a total of 31 books since 2015. His Seventh book The Jesus Nation has sold more than 4 Million copies globally in 2 weeks. In this latest book, Shepherd Bushiri unveils a current reality that every Christian is supposed to be accustomed to. God is building a nation that He has called the JESUS NATION, and the sole mandate of his NATION is to establish Jesus Christ as the ultimate ruler of all the earth before His second return.
The Jesus Nation, has topped number one on Amazon’s new release Christian discipleship books.
The stunning feat points to how, increasingly, the book continue to attract global attention owing the stature of the author, Prophet Bushiri.
Already, over 100 000 copies have been sold globally through ECG church branches spread in about 73 countries across the world.
Shepherd Bushiri Net Worth:
Shepherd Bushiri is one of the wealthiest preachers on the African continent. He has a net worth is $150 million as of 2022. He is also a successful businessmen
Shepherd Bushiri enjoys football and chess. 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.
Mr. Bushiri amassed tremendous wealth after founding the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church in South Africa’s capital of Pretoria. The megachurch, which he says has at least a million followers in South Africa alone, is one of the fastest-growing churches on the continent, and has branches in several other African countries.
He preaches to congregants, many impoverished and disillusioned, that if they give money to his churches, God will bless them with wealth and health — a brand of Pentecostal Christianity known as “prosperity gospel.” He has attracted attention for his penchant for ostentatious gold jewelry and expensive-looking suits, and for his jet-setting lifestyle traveling between his congregations in a private plane.
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.
On 20 February 2018, Bushiri launched one of his hotel investments, a multimillion-dollar property in South Africa. 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.
In 2018 Shepherd Bushiri was given the prestigious award and induction into the CEO Hall of Fame by the African Leadership Magazine.
In an official ceremony organised by National Airways Corporation (NAC) in South Africa, the jet which was worth $37 million was unveiled and Bushiri was handed the certificate of a ZS-VIP by Larry Flynn, Gulf Stream Manager noting that he(Bushiri) is the youngest to afford a gulf stream jet.
Owning and maintaining private jets cost a fortune; that’s why it is not so shocking to hear and see billionaires use them as luxury toys because they are typical money chasers and makers; we can get used to them but when it comes to “men of God”, it raises plenty eyebrows. I mean, these are the people who will not fail to remind you that the world and everything in it is “vanity upon vanity, all vanity”, yet fly a fleet of jets.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Wife And Children
The wealthy man of God is happily married to Mary Zgambo and they tied the knots on July 30, 2011. The union is blessed with two kids. The first child, a girl, was born in 2012 and her name is Isaraella. The second child, a son, was named ‘Major Jesus’ because according to the prophet, he was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Prophetess Mary, as his wife is widely called, is known to be supportive of her husband and his ministry. She sometimes hosts programmes in her husband’s church and joins him in most of his business trips. Mary is not just a wife of a prophet, she is a seasoned businesswoman and the C.E.O of Shepherd Bushiri Investments.
Shepherd Bushiri Cars
Bushiri has a Rolls Royce Black Badge that has an estimated worth of R10 million and a Bentley Bentayga Limited Edition that is worth about R6 million.
He also owns an Aston Martin One -77 that is worth R12 million and a Maserati Levante whose value is about R300,000. He purchased the Maserati Levante in December 2017 as a gift for his daughter, Israella, on her birthday.
He previously gifted his wife with a Mercedes Benz G Class on her birthday.
In addition to the fleet of cars, Major One also owns three private jets. He purchased the third Prophet Bushiri jet with an estimated value of $37 million in 2016.
He acquired the three jets in two years. In February 2019, he lost access to his aircraft after the Asset Forfeiture Unit claimed that the evangelist had forged loan documents to acquire the luxurious jet.
Enlightened Christian Gathering
Prophet Bushiri founded the Enlightened Christian Gathering for which he is the head pastor. Enlightened Christian Gathering is a non-denominational and offers evangelical teachings.
The headquarters of the church is in Pretoria, South Africa. The church has branches across different African countries such as Malawi, South Sudan, and Ghana, as well as other continents.
When Bushiri began his ministry in his hometown, he was still a young man. He was believed to have recruited several young lads from the community and made them pastors when he initially started as a man of God. He knew God had called him when he was a young lad of approximately ten years old. He had a dream in which God appeared to him, according to him. He found himself in an odd environment where everyone he encountered was shining. He stated that he was led into a chamber where he heard a voice claiming to be that of the Lord. Bushiri was given the task of telling all humanity to serve the Lord.
When the young Bushiri awoke from his dream, he noticed that he could now hear a voice telling him people’s names, their issues, and other personal information, as well as instructions on how to reach them. That, he claims, was the beginning of his prophetic ministry.
Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), his church, was created in Lilongwe, Malawi, in 2010 before moving its main branch to South Africa. Prior to the Prophet’s troubles, which included a corruption investigation that led to his incarceration in the country, his church was regarded as one of the fastest-growing in Africa, with branches in Ghana and South Sudan.
He has since amassed a sizable following who revere him, while many others regard him as nothing more than a con artist who lives off the backs of his followers.
Aside from that, every New Year’s Eve sees his largest gathering at the FNB Stadium, South Africa with over 95,000 people, and over 100,000 viewers via his television station, in-person attendees, and social media.
Shepherd Bushiri has been involved in many charitable works around the world, including work in Malawi, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Botswana and South Africa.
He formed a humanitarian organization called “Shepherd Bushiri Foundation” with Duncan Zgambo as the CEO, where he provides for the needy and less privileged.
He provides charitable donations including livelihood support; educational support for orphans; humanitarian relief in the form of food subsidies. In 2017, he took maize to Lilongwe and spent K85 Million in Malawi Charity.
He has invested in young people through his sports academy and through Major 1 Records which sponsors and show-cases up-and-coming music artists.
On 18 July 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.
In March 2019 Bushiri visited Alexandra, where a fire had burnt over 100 shacks. He said that he would donate R400000 (equivalent to approx $29000) to emergency services “that should be used for the children in the area.
The preacher has been forced to either refute or defend himself in a number of financial situations in which his name has been referenced. Darlington Manyawu, a man named Darlington, claimed in 2019 that the pastor owed him R450,000. He allegedly sent clothes to the pastor of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church, who claimed refused to pay him for the clothes despite the fact that he had already begun wearing them.
The prophet did not respond to the businessman from Hong Kong. The church’s spokeswoman, however, asserted that the prophet had nothing to do with Darlington, claiming that the business was solely between the businessman and Maynard Manyowa, the pastor’s spokesman. Darlington said it was difficult for him to maintain his business since he hadn’t been paid, and when he protested publicly and filed a lawsuit, he was told he had to withdraw the case or risk getting paid.
On February 1, 2020, he was detained by South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Investigations (HAWKS) on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.
From 2015, the Charismatic pastor and his wife were accused of committing the crimes and violating South Africa’s Prevention of Organized Crime Act (POCA). Among the claims leveled against him was that he purchased his 1984 Gulfstream jet with laundered funds, despite his claim that the plane was purchased with his lawful $1,250,000. They were also accused of breaking the country’s immigration laws by being in the country unlawfully.
The couple allegedly left the nation back to Malawi in November 2020 after being freed on R200,000 bond after being denied bail following their detention on the grounds that they presented a flight risk. Fears for their safety were mentioned as the basis for the self-proclaimed Prophet and his wife’s defiance of their bail conditions. They alleged that their lives were in danger, and that they were not protected by the South African police. As a result, their tactical retreat from South Africa to Malawi was solely for the purpose of preserving their lives.
They were arrested once more in their native country, but they were quickly freed after the arrest was deemed illegal. Efforts are currently being made to bring them back to South Africa to stand trial for the offenses listed above.
Malawi magistrate released self-proclaimed prophet and businessman Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary from custody on Thursday, saying the arrest of the couple, who face charges of money-laundering, theft and fraud in South Africa, was illegal.
Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba said the couple’s arrest in Malawi on Wednesday went against the country’s laws and ordered the two to be freed without bail “in the interest of justice.”
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