Sin, the root cause of mental illness?

Is this pastor’s tweet a re-presentation of the diabolical?

Popular Nigerian Charismatic pastor, the founder of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, has set the internet rolling. In a series of tweets on mental illness, the pastor declared that the “root” cause of mental illness is sin and the solution is salvation.

Dami Ajayi has written back. Bisi Alimi, the Nigerian gay man and activist in London, has also fired back on his Facebook page. Chioma Agwuegbo, the Fairy God Sister, tried to intervene but public attacks and cusses wouldn’t let her. It’s an unfolding drama.

I have attended Daystar Christian Centre a couple of times while I was working in Lagos, in the company of Red Media’s Chude Jideonwo (pun intended), so I know the mammoth crowd that the esteemed church attracts. I see a sort of convergence in this pastor’s tweet and Nollywood’s characteristic presentation of ‘were’ (Yoruba word that translates to ‘mad’) and mental disorder as results of an evil deed or an evil plot. Is this pastor’s tweet a re-presentation of the diabolical?


Author: ifeadedeji

I am a graduate student in African Studies at the Center for International Studies, Ohio University where I work as a research assistant and Editor of Africa@OHIO Blog. I hold a bachelors in political science, and use this space as a container of my thoughts.

2 thoughts on “Sin, the root cause of mental illness?”

  1. Well I don’t know where he’s coming from or what he means by that. But I know a particular situation must not have one cause. There could be all sort so of causes. Also sin is one cause to a lot of things. It could be the root cause to mental illness. It depends on the particular situation. But then again he said ….. root cause ……. and that’s where I don’t even know what to say. Lol.

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