Thursday, 26 January 2017


My visit to Odo-Owa site where the founder of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Apostle Ayo Joseph Babalola started it all in 1928.

Apostle Ayo Joseph Babalola

Apostolic Babalola was born as an Anglican at Odo-Owa, Kwara State, Nigeria in 1904. He attended his elementary school at Oto-Awori on Badagry Road, Lagos State, in 1914. While at Standard four, he pulled out from school to become a blacksmith apprentice, which lasted for two years, before he became a steamroller operator under the PWD (Public Works Department), then under the colonial British Government. After 15 days of learning to drive the caterpillar, he was able to drive it without any assistance. He single handedly drove the steamroller on April 1st, 1928 while working on the Osogbo – Ilesha road. On June 14, 1928 he was transferred to Akure – Ilesha road. On October 9, 1928 at about 12 noon by the river Ariran while working with his steamroller, he heard a loud voice from above like the roar of thunder which called his name thrice saying "Joseph! Joseph!! Joseph!!! Leave this job you are doing; if not, this year you are going to be cut off from the earth." Two days later on October 11, 1928, while trying to repair his steamroller, he heard the voice again, commanding him to become a disciple of God and not a tractor driver. That is how he received the call and he went into fasting and prayer. In December 1929, he was baptized in Lagos lagoon.

Apostle Babalola  preaching in the late1930s

The event that happened after then was mysterious, history have it that Apostle Babalola  appeared ruffled, tying a Bible with a fresh palm-frond on his head, in the village and he proclaimed the name of Jesus Christ calling people to repentance. The villagers then saw him and became worried thinking probably that he was mad. This was a community rooted in African tradition, in which he grew up in and suddenly he is preaching Christ. His message was too strange to imbibe, they rejected him and he moved straight to the forest. He stayed in the forest for 15 days screaming at the top of his voice for repentance. When he emerged from the forest without any harm, the villagers started believing in him, for they had thought that he will be consumed by wild beast.

His grave side

Apostle Babalola is regarded as the founder of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC)". Recent research claims that he was not the founder but one of the founders. The registration form of Corporate Affairs Commission in 1943, noted that they were three founders of "Christ Apostolic Church (CAC)" the first Aladura Pentecostal Church. Though it was formally established in 1941 after a split from the Apostolic Church which the original Aladura organization (Faith Tabernacle) had invited to Nigeria, it was registered in 1943. The Corporate Affairs Commission 1943 form, have it thus: Pastors Akinyele - first President;  Odubanjo Vice-President/General Superintendent, while Babalola was the General Evangelist.

Officially, I think what would have happened was that at the time of registration, the Corporate Affairs Commission must have asked for decentralization of positions in the church. If you ask me my opinion based on experience and research work, I will say it categorically, That Apostle Babalola remains the founder of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Not minding what is recorded in Corporate Affairs Commission of 1943.

Dr. James standing beside the rock used as pulpit by Apostle Babalola when he first ministered to the world in 1928.

Dr James on the mountain where Apostle Babalola first preached

Dr James standing beside the entrance of the 'Power House

Dr James relaxing after walking and praying for hours on the mountain

The uniqueness of Apostle Babalola is that he was the most vocal and he held several revivals and converted many idol worshipers, who burnt their traditional fetishes gods. His fame grew like wild fire and the colonial authorities became worried. They arrested him and jailed him. He was later released and he continued with the work that his creator called him to do, he died on July 26, 1959, in Effon-Alaiye, Ondo State.

A CAC retreat center was built at Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State where Babalola was first called in 1928. The Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) a private Nigerian university located in Ikeji-Arakeji in Osun State, established by the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide is named after him, located at the place where he was called by God in 1928.

Today, the church - the Christ Apostolic Church has spread across the world and can be found in countries including the United States of America, Armenian, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Austria, Australia, South Africa, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Chad with headquarter still in Lagos, Nigeria.

On top of the prayer ground which is a large flat rock, a mountain which before the liberation was called 'Oru-Oko' but was spiritually annexed in 1928 by Apostle Babalola and by 1987 the church decided to build a house on top. The church has an inner room for special prayer, it was that it was the gate way to spirits after they depart mother earth, other spots include where a snake was said to have crawled over the Apostle Babalola while lying down in prayer and the very spot where the snake was said to have mysteriously caught fire and burnt. There is also the 'Power House' built close to the stream where Apostle Babalola had his first bathe. There is also the mortar used by Apostle Babalola for palm fruits processing which is the major occupation of the Odo-Owa people.

For those who travels to Jerusalem for pilgrimage this is one place to visit and feel the presence of God, Christian tourists from all works of life visit the mountain for prayers. Yours truly prayed earnestly while on the mountain. This is the time that the Kwara State Government and the Christ Apostolic Church should unite and work together to turn the place to tourist centre for Christians all over the world.


  1. NO He is not. C.A.C Started in 1918 and he joined in 1928. Ten Years later. However, God used him through his revivals and crusades to get many people converted and many joined the new church under the colonial regime. Akindayomi was the founder of RCCG but Adeboye made it great. They never let anyone forget that Adeboye was not the founder. Why then does CAC people want to make Babalola the founder of CAC when others have worked for the Lord ten years earlier. When you forget your past for stardom, you build on lose sand. your foundation is faulty. Give honor to who honor is due. he never even started a single church. he didi revivals and someone else gathered the people to create churches. Study more sir. his ministry is like that of Reinhardt Bonnke. He drew millions to the revival ground but no church.

    1. Can you please tell us the name of the real founder of CAC sir?