african prophets

Once upon a time, my mother visited native doctors to search for solutions. In Africa, native doctors are men or women believed to have access into the supernatural world. She told us quite a few stories about her Ngambe (native doctor) house misadventures. Perhaps the one I remember most is the time when she was commanded not to talk to anyone on her way back from a Ngambe house.

Fortunately or unfortunately, my mother saw her cousin on her way back and she erroneously shouted, “Besong!” Then, mama suddenly remembered that she wasn’t supposed to talk to anyone. Her talking to anyone before getting home was supposedly going to kill the powers of the medicine she had been given. She became temporally mute. Her confused cousin, Besong kept asking her, “Grande Soeur, na weti?” (Big sister, what’s the matter?) She kept looking at him like someone who was had forgotten her name or who she was. She couldn’t offer a word. I’m pretty sure uncle Besong was mortified so he had to follow her home. There she began talking again and the mystery was unraveled. 

My mother has recounted this story to us, umpteen times. Each time, she does we laugh (and bond) over it. Thankfully, my mother stopped visiting native doctors a long time ago due to her relationship with God. Praaaaaaaaise the Lord, somborrri! She now goes to churches. What do you find in some of these churches though? Men, holding a Bibles, standing behind pulpits and doing the same things native doctors do. Only this time, they are doing it behind the cross and not with cowries. These men are common in our societies. A majority of them love to be addressed, “prophets”.

I have seen quite a handful of these prophets. When I look at the way they operate, I see that they are very similar to the native doctors in my mother’s stories. Here are the similarities:

1. They sell solutions

If the prophet or prophetess starts praying seriously for you and lets you know that they are praying for you, beware. You are being fattened as a calf to be slaughtered. After the prayers and generous soothing prophetic words drawn from the spirit, will come a monetary request.
The modern day prophet asks for tithes, offering, “prophetic seeds” in exchange for blessings, miracles and “special anointing.” He says the money is for God.
The native doctor asks for goats, hens, strong drinks, oil and money in exchange for protection, potions and guidance. He says the money is for the gods.
There is nothing wrong with giving to God and supporting the work of a church. But if your prophet keeps pressurising you to give and you don’t feel happy about your giving then maybe it is time to put on some walking shoes and become Johnny Walker.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

2. They keep telling you of your enemies

To the native doctor, your joblessness was caused by that uncle in the village who doesn’t want you to prosper.
To the prophet, your predicament has been by caused a family member on your mother’s side whom he sees in the spirit. I have seen a prophet mention this in real life. No jokes.
It doesn’t matter if your problems were caused by things that don’t involve a person bewitching you. They always steer your mind towards direction of
“your enemies.” All those who do not want you to progress, die by fire!

3. They encourage revenge

The native doctor launches an attack against your supposed enemy. Sometimes it is sending thunder or at extremes, making them mad or taking their lives.
The prophet commands your enemies to “die by fire” because scripture says you should, “suffer not a witch to live”
How about this:
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew 5: 44
“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.” Romans 12: 19

4. They provide potions for you to take home

The native doctor provides potions, rubs and charms for you to take home in exchange for a fee.
The prophet provides anointing oil, holy water and anointed handkerchiefs for you to take home supposedly “for free”. But that’s what you paid your prophetic offering for! Some outrightly package and sell these things. I am yet to see a Biblical scripture that supports this. 

5. You have to depend on them!

You keep going back to the native doctor because if it is not your waist today, it is your tummy tomorrow. When it is not your tummy, it is your head. There is always something going on in life that needs their special touch. They give with one hand and take with another. Business has to go on.
Same with the prophet. You have to be close to him to hear what the Lord is saying. You have to inform him before making major decisions like travelling, marriage or even what clothes to wear. He is in charge of your life.

6. They can access the supernatural in the way that you can’t

The native doctor has the special key to the supernatural. He goes in there, sees things about your life and broadcasts them to you.

The prophet has this special key too. He is like your eyes in the spirit. He goes in there and brings you information because people always want to hear something about themselves they do not know.

7. They create fear

Did someone ever go to a native doctor and come back without hearing that they had “issues?”
Did someone ever go to the prophet without hearing of some “issues”.
They create this fear and intimidate you then you stick with them for solution.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1: 7

8. They use a combination of tricks, lies and powers

  • Mind programming- A lot of brainwashing is done
  • Manipulation- they get information from you then turn around to tell you as though they are the originators of it.
  • Powers from evil sources- beware, some of them actually have powers from the devil. That’s why they have control over people.
  • Some of them are outright scammers.

9. They sell hope

People always want someone who will tell them all is well. These prophets and native doctors do a fine job at that!

10. They are focused on themselves

While a true prophet of God focuses on God, these native doctors and prophets focus on themselves. They are mostly driven by the love for money, which is the root of all evil.

Those are the similarities I have noticed, my friends. A lot of people in our society have either visited native doctors or know someone who has. That’s why we have a lot of glorified native doctors masquerading as prophets today. There is a ready market for them. Are there true prophets of God? Yes, there are!

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Ephesians 4:11

God himself called some people to be prophets. These prophets given by God are true gifts to their generation. We see a great number of them in the Old Testament like Elijah, Elisha, Nathan, Ezekiel, Jeremiah. When I think of these prophets, I think of men who served God against the odds. I think of men who were ready to let go of themselves and let Christ reign. Just like the prophet John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Those are the kind of prophets God gives. Those who consciously decrease and let God increase. Those who eat locust and wild honey in bushes because they are on a mission. Prophets after God’s heart. Prophets who do not sell prayers because, “freely have you received, freely give.”

Above all, seek to know God for yourself and study your Bible. Stop depending on other men for hope, answers and solution. You can access God yourself right where you are. Don’t be a consumer Christian.

Thanks for the native doctor stories, mommy!

Have you had an encounter with a modern-day prophet? Please share below.



  1. Hmmmmmmm, This is very deep. Their population in Nigeria is killing, they keep claiming God called them daily, they spread from North to south more than rumor itself.
    I prefer to refer to them as purported prophets in my own words, Wolves in sheep clothing. Though I happen to know few, whose duty have always been pointing men to the way of the cross to find the voice of your maker while they stand with you as a prayer team. May God help us, well done fellow soldier, may the source of your inspiration keep growing

  2. Hmm . . .deep yet very engaging post.

    May God give us the spirit of discernment to know good and evil. Amen.

  3. Wow…what a beautiful write up. I wish most people could read this to know their right from wrong, and also see the signs to determine if their pastor is leading as he should according to scriptures

  4. The commercialisation of the gospel! very insightful dear, God help us.

  5. Lool..that your mum's encounter is hilarious. Never thought of it this way but the similarities are real. Discerning spirit is needed.
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  6. Lool..that your mum's encounter is hilarious. Never thought of it this way but the similarities are real. Discerning spirit is needed.
    Laitanbee Blog

  7. Coming to think of it the similarities are shocking.I always enjoy reading your stories.x


  8. I just burst out laughing at your mum's part. I am bit sure u will finish reading this toda.. I am off to show Mr man the first part. Will be back to finish readin.. See u soon

  9. Thank you so much for this topic. It's glaring but people just fail to see it. I had an experience when a friend persistently dragged me to come to her "revival" fellowship. When I went there, what I saw, my sister! They told everyone to bring coconut and bathe in bitterleaf water. Say whaaat?!! I ran for my life and never looked back. Just my first day and I saw that, imagine what goes on there. http://www.bubusboulevard.com

  10. I really wish many get to read this too. Please take a moment and share on social media if you can. We need to be discerning.

  11. Hi Seraph, these purported prophets are everywhere. They are truly wolves in sheep clothing. May God help us not to fall prey to them.
    Thanks for your prayers and constant support!

  12. You've used the right words. Commercialisation of the gospel!

  13. The similarities are so real, dear.

  14. Coconut and bitterleaf water? Whaaaaaaa?
    I love coconut but not for "spiritual" use at a "revival" fellowship.
    That is crazy.

  15. See ern, my mom has stories! See you when you are done reading.

  16. I like this because I can see only facts and no judgement. You clearly pointed out the similarities without making anyone feel bad LOL. I agree with you and personally I feel your relationship with God is what really matters, you can have spiritual elders for guidance but not for control over your life. They are to advise not dictate. I pray God would give us the spirit of discernment to know those who are true to Him and not.

  17. Your personal relationship with God is really what matters.
    Thank you for adding your voice to this!

  18. I wish I could over like your post dear Precious!, and your story about your mum keeping temporarily mute is so funny. My goodness.???what we won't see in this life eh
    I loved how you were able to compare and contrast and included scriptures. The part about fear was something that used to happen to me at a time when I didn't know God well enough to understand I could actually approach Him without fear because He loves me and he has given ALL of us access and not to a certain kind of people. Our stages with God depend on how much we are willing to leave, sacrifice and delve deeper into knowing God rather than settling on the surface but many don't know that and won't bother to know God personally but want visions and the devil will like to give them work to do through false prophets. Lol.
    My prayer is that many come to seek God themselves instead of settling for less. That they might hunger and thirst so that they will come out of their bondage of fear and mental prison they've been sold into. Till then, the wolves in wolves clothing will keep having a field day and leading ignorant people astray. The bible talks about them too.
    P.S: thanks for stopping by my blog dear and I'm so loving your blog already. Let me go and look for the subscribe button. Lol.

  19. That's my prayer too, Itunu. That many will seek God for themselves and not depend on these prophets. When Jesus died, the veil in the temple was torn into two, indicating that we all have access into His secret place.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog too, dear. I'm really glad to have met you. The subscribe button is right under my profile. Ehugs

  20. Great write up my dear sister, its high time people open their eyes and see. We thank God for the spirit of discernment so we can know true prophets of our Heavenly Father. Bless you,bless you,bless you. May God continue to give you more wisdom for your write ups!!!

  21. Thank you, sister.
    We really need to have the spirit of discernment in times like these.

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