THE HISTORY, NORMS, PRACTICES AND THE C&S FAITH
Mose Orimolade Okejubu, the son of Tunolase was born in Ikare Akoko now the division of Ondo State. The story of his life sounds like a myth. Oral and written accounts have it that while his mother, Odijoroto, was pregnant with him; she experienced strange manifestations of the supernatural. The child spoke in her womb many times, sometimes greeting his mother as she engaged in domestic chores. It reported that once, as an invisible spirit, he helped her lift a heavy load of firewood onto her head while she was fagged out.
When his father, the mighty warrior Tunolase, heard of these phantom stories about the expected child from his youngest wife, he was embarrassed. He consulted the Ifa oracle. The priest warned him not to terminate the pregnancy because ‘the child is a powerful messenger of God in whose way nobody should stand’. Reluctantly, Tunolase allowed the pregnancy to come to term and the prodigious baby was born in 1879.
Alarmingly, the day Mose Orimolade was born, he reportedly walked dragging his placenta along. His father was disturbed. He reported the matter to the King. When the King, Ohikere, came to see this supernatural sight, the baby greeted him, “Welcome father” Tunolase was shocked and enraged. The old man’s jealousy was ignited. He was a valiant dispenser of charms, feared the length and breadth of Ikare and deep into the heart of Nupeland. The father wanted the child to be killed, otherwise he threatened to commit suicide because, and as the saying goes ‘two masters cannot live in the same hut’. Old Tunolase was persuaded by relations and neighbours not to take such a drastic action. Nevertheless, he managed to cripple the young Orimolade. Tunolase remained bitter toward his son, even unto death.
In his childhood days, Orimolade was exposed to the church and was baptised and christened Mose (Moses). In the new light of Christianity, he was a marvel to clerics and a living miracle of God. He started to read the Holy Bible by divine will- not having been taught by anyone to read or write. At the age of eight, it was recorded that the cripple, Mose Orimolade materialised in an Anglican Church in the dead of night when everyone, including the minister of the church, was asleep. The minister, as if dreaming, heard a beautiful heavenly chorale coming from the church. He woke up to more wonders, the church was brightly illuminated and powerful beams of dazzling light shone through the little spaces in the window-shutters and the doors.
The clergyman asked who the singers were, a lone voice answered we are. To his amazement it was the voice of the crippled child. Mose. How, the child walked the long distance from his parents’ house to the church and how the church filled with dazzling light at a time when Ikare had no electricity and the angelic singing in the dead of night was miracles enough for the priest. The climax occurred when the door opened and the priest saw the back of Mose briefly before he disappeared on spiritual wings.
As he grew, he was regarded as an angelic being. His performance in music was superlative. The songs he sang were original and divinely inspired. He had dada (dreadlocks), which his parents had tried to cut. They gave up in frustration when the twelfth razor broke. Later in life, these Samson-like locks usually spread out like an umbrella over the great prophet’s head whenever he ministered in revivals. At a point, he fell seriously ill, everyone thought he would die, but in the seventh year of the illness, God apparently spoke to Mose, saying it was time for him to begin his mission on earth. Mose Orimolade had, therefore, the tripartite endowments of victory embodied in a Mosaic Rod, the authority of prayer and the crown of God’s glory.
Thereafter, he began his apostolic missionary work, spreading the Word, healing and delivering people from the forces of darkness. His personal life was also full of wonders. He was reputed to hunt animals in the bush by sheer will without leaving the four walls of his home. He owned a farm where each harvested yam could only be carried by at least eight people. Once a huge rock fell on him. It took seven able-bodied men to roll the boulder off his prostrate body, yet he rose without suffering as much as a simple scratch.
To crown everything, Moses Orimolade Tunolase was enthroned king by a heavenly host. Eye-witness accounts stated that the participants were not people from this world. They swarmed around him placing a crown of most precious stone on his head and robbing him in dazzling white ornamented robe.
The preamble to the registered constitution of the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria (RC NO 12,271 of 9/9/99) states as follows:
- whereas the Cherubim and Seraphim Church of Nigeria was founded in Nigeria in 1925, by Divine will and led by Saint Moses Orimolade Tunolase and Captain (Doctor) Christiana Abiodun Emmanuel(nee Akinsowon)