Celestial Church Controversy: Olatosho Oshoffa Cancels Invitation to Portable and Pasuma for Worship Night

Celestial Church Controversy: Olatosho Oshoffa Cancels Invitation to Portable and Pasuma for Worship Night


Olatosho Oshoffa, the pastoral leader of the Celestial Church of Christ International Headquarters in Ketu, has stirred controversy by disapproving the invitation of popular artists Portable and Pasuma to participate in one of the church branch’s praise nights.

The decision, communicated through a Facebook post, comes after the release of a flyer featuring the artists for an upcoming worship night.

Controversial Announcement:

The flyer, released by the Celestial Church of Christ, Land of Goshen in Lagos, featured Portable, Pasuma, and May Shua for their worship night.

The announcement, however, triggered a significant response on social media, with many Nigerians expressing their concerns and questioning whether places of worship should incorporate entertainment elements.

Pastoral Leader’s Response:

Olatosho Oshoffa took to his Facebook page to address the controversies surrounding the invitation. In his post, he expressed disapproval and announced the cancellation of the invitation to Portable and Pasuma.

The pastoral leader emphasized the need for amendments to the promotional materials and assured Celestians that the contested artists would not be part of the worship nights.

Social Media Backlash:

The announcement and subsequent cancellation sparked a tsunami of responses on social media. Nigerians expressed their varied opinions, with some finding the situation depressing and others questioning the evolving role of religious spaces.

Oshoffa’s Clarification:

In response to the social media backlash, Olatosho Oshoffa engaged with the Shepherd in Charge of the concerned parish.

He shared details of the conversation on his Facebook page, stating that amendments would be made to the promotional materials. The pastoral leader sought to reassure the Celestian community that the contested artists, Portable and Pasuma, would not be part of the scheduled worship nights.


The controversy surrounding the invitation of Portable and Pasuma to a Celestial Church praise night highlights the ongoing dialogue about the intersection of entertainment and places of worship.

Olatosho Oshoffa’s swift response to the concerns reflects the delicate balance religious institutions navigate in adapting to changing societal norms while maintaining the sanctity of worship spaces.

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