What’s more, he’s a billionaire and basically a man who’s made good in life. Drum Magzine once asked him how he made his money.
“I’m not just a prophet,” he begins. “I’m also a human being who is a responsible person, married with kids. I am very business-minded.
“For example, the Bentley you saw earlier – I managed to buy it before I came to stay in South Africa. I bought houses in South Africa way before I opened the church less than two years ago in Pretoria.
“In short, I am a businessman. My wife, Mary, is a chartered accountant. She used to work for a big institution as a director of finance. I made her resign because of the business we do.
“I started out in business doing farming on a small scale,” he says. “It grew into a big scale operation, and from the profits we bought a small piece of land that had minerals. As it panned out, we sold that piece of land, but before we sold it, we did evaluation on the deposits there and they were worth quite a lot of money. We sold that land and, from the money we got, we’ve been investing in mining.”
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri is operating an emerald mine in Lufwanyama District, Zambia.