Samuel Sadela
Samuel Sadela
Birth: 24 August 1900?
Death: 24 August 2014
Age: 114 years, 0 days?
Country: NigeriaNGA

Reverend Samuel Akinbode Sadela (24 August 1900? – 24 August 2014) was a Nigerian pastor and an unverified claimant for the world's oldest preacher.[1] [2] If his age it's true, he might be the oldest person ever from Nigeria.


His first school was St. Paul's Primary School in Ifon Osun. He claimed that in 1914, he was forced to drop out of school and start working. He claimed that in 1918, he returned to school. He went to the University of Cambridge in 1925. After graduation, he became a preacher. He worked with Apostle Joseph Ayodele Babalola. In 1934, he got married and the matrimony lasted for 21 years. Unfortunately, all his seven kids from his first marriage died as infants (infant mortality still remains very high in Nigeria, and it is so bad that it is the second worst in the world, second only to India). In 1965, he was married for a second time, which produced four children, but two died, remaining one male and female. In 2001, he lost his second wife, Madam Juliana Anike Ajisomo Sadela (1939–2001), she was 62.

In 2006, he shocked Nigeria when he got married to a 31-year-old woman, he said it was the Spirit of God that directed him to marry her and the bride also expressed her joy. After that wedding, he said: “The Lord is my strength. I am very strong and energetic.”[3] [4]


Sadela died at his church in Lagos, Nigeria on 24 August 2014, at the claimed age of 114 years, 0 days. There is no proof that he was the claimed age.[5] [6]


  1. "Samuel Akinbode Sadela (1900-2014)". The Guardian. September 7, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  2. "Nigeria's oldest Pastor, Samuel Sadela, dies at 114". Nigeria: The Punch. Retrieved September 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. "Gale of Tributes accompany Nigeria's oldest preacher". Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  4. "Samuel Sadela". August 27, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  5. "Sadelas last moment by eyewitness". Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  6. Sam Eyoboka; Bose Adebayo (August 28, 2014). "CAN, PFN, others mourn Sadela". The Vanguard. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
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