Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo is a Nigerian pastor and author who serves as the Senior Pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, popularly known as COZA.
Biodun Fatoyinbo was born on January 1, 1976, into a family of four in Kwara State. He attended the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) but did not complete his education at the institution as he was expelled in 300-level for participating in cult-related activities.
A viral video about Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo’s involvement in cult activities surfaced in 2017. He acknowledged this as a deed he committed before accepting Christ as his saviour. He admitted that he was the Black Axe confraternity’s chief priest, which resulted in his expulsion from school.
However, there were also rumours that he continued his schooling at the University of Benin.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo started his career as a pastor while in UNILORIN. He coordinated student fellowships on his campus.
Biodun Fatoyinbo, the Senior Pastor of COZA, has several branches in Nigeria and Dubai, with over 20,000 members. Around 40,000 others are believed to listen to his messages online in other countries.
He founded the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) in 1999. With approximately 20,000 members spread over its four main branches in Ilorin, Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Dubai, COZA has developed into a mega-church in the modern era.
The branch in Ilorin opened first, followed by those in Abuja in 2008, Lagos in 2012, Port Harcourt in 2016, and Dubai in 2017. Since its founding, the church has grown tremendously and is still making progress today.
In addition to his work as a pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo is a skilled guitarist and vocalist. He is also the owner of the Gratitude music label. Due to the success of the song Raba Raba Eh, his music label was awarded the UK Gospel Touch Music Award.
Many have claimed that Biodun Fatoyinbo had very little support network at the beginning of his ministry. He had a challenging road to success as a Christian preacher. Modele, his wife, supported him even though he did not yet have the fame and money he had now.
Only four ordained pastors currently work at COZA’s four branches. COZA was founded as a non-governmental organization (NGO).
Biodun Fatoyinbo asserts that the church’s primary goal is to encourage as many people as possible to hear that their responsibility is to serve God at all times.
His net worth is estimated at N2.07 billion ($5m). His income is gotten from his church and his music label.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo is married to Pastor Modele Fatoyinbo with children. The couple has four children – two boys and two girls.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo was born on January 1, 1976. He is 46 years old.
Biodun Fatoyinbo established COZA Care Foundation Co. It was founded with his wife with the sole intention of giving back to the community and ensuring smiles on the faces of the vulnerable, less fortunate, and downtrodden.
According to their records, over 15,000 widows and 5,000 orphans have been reached with food items, clothing, and cash gifts; the foundation also provides start-up funds through its Business Setup Initiative wing to widows, enabling them to become financially independent. In 2017, they took in the Leper’s Colony in Kwali and the IDP Camp in Durumi, both in Abuja. They have also ensured that communities have access to clean water, lowering the impact of water-borne illnesses.
Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has frequently been accused of sexual scandals, mostly by former churchgoers. Eze Walters and Busola Dakolo, the spouse of popular music performer Timi Dakolo, are two notable examples.
Busola Dakolo’s court case against him was dismissed in Abuja in November 2019, and she was fined N1 million for wasting the court’s time.