She was a paragon of beauty not long ago. She now wears a new but frightening look. But when 30 year-old Prophetess Folashade Esther Ogunseye of the Celestial Church Genesis Model Parish Agbado, Ogun state went into trance for seven days sometime in July this year, she warned her church members not to celebrate the feat for her.
But they would have none
of that as they insisted on rolling out the drums. So on the fateful
day, they prepared food and practically dragged her to the church where
they danced round her to celebrate the spiritual feat.
midst of the celebration, one of the church workers called Elijah
allegedly sprayed perfume known in celestial parlance as Ona La on the
dancers without taking cognizance of lighted candles which some of them
the perfume caught fire and Sade was set ablaze along with three other
members who had joined in the celebration. A pastor in the church who
had come to rescue them was also affected by the fire.
However, Sade was the worst-hit as she suffered severe burns. So the once delectable Sade has been turned to a monster of sort.
speaking with Saturday Tribune at her residence, No 77 Osopitan
bus-stop, Agbado recently, the Abeokuta-born single lady said she was
still at a loss as to why such a terrible fate befell her even as she
blamed her church members for her predicament.
“I had warned them
not to celebrate the trance for me; that I didn’t want noise. Rather, I
asked them to pray for me silently, but they refused. This was not the
first time I would be going into a trance; the ill-fated one happened to
be my fourth. Aside this, I warned Elijah not to pour perfume on me,
but he didn’t listen, see what has happened now,” she lamented.
to her, the fire incident might also be a spiritual attack from the
enemies of somebody she prayed for while in the spirit. “Maybe, I prayed
for somebody when I was in the spirit and the thing now bounced back on
me during the celebration,” she added.
Saturday Tribune learnt
that immediately after the incident, Sade and other victims of the fire
were rushed to a private hospital near the church from where they were
taken to the General Hospital, Orile-Agege the following day for a
better medical attention from where they were later discharged. However,
while others have made considerable progress and have since returned to
the church, Sade could not because of the severity of her condition.
said: “I cannot do anything as I am. I always feel hot. My neck is
always paining me. I can’t wear my clothes. I cannot sleep unless the
fan is on. My neck region is always paining me. I have to put ice-block
or pour cold water on myself to reduce the heat. For how long will I do
Although she commended the shephered in charge of the
church, Prophet Oladele Ogundipe and other members of the church for
taking very good care of her since the incident occurred, she sought the
support of other well-meaning Nigerians to restore her to her former
“My church has been so wonderful to me. The shephered,
his mum, the church patron and other members of the church have promised
to help me. But I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Nobody will be
ready to marry me in my present condition. I’m not even comfortable with
myself. This is why I am appealing to members of the public to join my
church in assisting me to get over my present condition,” she added.
She is to blame for her predicament- Shephered- In- Charge.
the Shephered-In- Charge of the church, Prophet Ogundipe absolved
himself of any blame in the incident, claiming Sade should be held
responsible for her present predicament. According to him, she and other
members of the church who joined in the celebration went against the
rules and regulation of the church. “In the Celestial church, there is
nothing like trance or going to the mountains for seven days. In our
church, we don’t do any trance celebration, we don’t go to streams or
the bush; we are not fetish and we don’t do anything barbaric. I have
always warned all church members to steer clear of anything that is not
in the vision of the church,” he added.
Though he said he and the
chairman of the church were not around on the fateful day, he gave an
account of what must have caused the fire: “People have been saying it
was a strange fire but there is nothing like that. It was the perfume
that was poured on her that caught fire because of the lighted candle at
the altar. This is a lesson to everybody that if they want to employ
anybody, they should not employ an illiterate because they would not
know how to handle things.”
He told Saturday Tribune that the
church member(Elijah) that allegedly sprayed the perfume had been sacked
and disgraced from the church. On the steps the church had taken since
the incident, Ogundipe explained: “Immediately the incident happened,
they took them to a private hospital nearby. But I insisted they should
be transferred to a government hospital for the purpose of transparency
because we have nothing to hide. We also reported the incident to the
police because I know bad news spreads wide.”
He added: “So far,
the church has spent over N800,000 on Sade and the three others that
were affected by the incident. We employed somebody to take care of Sade
at home. The church gives her N5,000 weekly. We bought a fan and a
generator for her and we rent air-conditioned vehicles to take her to
the hospital whenever she has an appointment. We had to stop the
on-going construction work at the church because of these expenses.”