Nigerian man goes on Dragons Den, wants money to start a church.

11 Oct 2010

Nigerian man goes on Dragons Den, wants money to start a church.
Some people think the Dragons really made their money by appearing on the show

 


London - A Nigerian entrepreneur has appeared on Dragon's Den, a reality television programme in which budding entrepreneurs get three minutes to pitch their business ideas to five multi-millionaires willing to invest their own cash.

The eloquent young man who introduced himself as Pastor Jonah, wanted two hundred and fifty thousand pounds to start a new Pentecostal church, and promised returns of 500% within the first three years.

Producers of the series described the recently filmed episode as featuring the most incredible idea ever brought to the show.
They said of the Nigerian entrepreneur, “He was very confident and very smartly dressed in an Armani suit. He was charismatic and extremely knowledgeable of the Bible, and he appeared to have really done his research.”

His opening line was, "Brothers and sister, the Lord has brought me here today to tell you that there is no business like church business."

In the episode which will air next season, the entrepreneur defends his business case by presenting data gathered from churches in Nigeria where he plans to setup his own church.
In a tense moment when he is being grilled by Theo Paphitis, he asks the Dragons a rhetorical question, “How many of you own private jets?”

"You don't want to miss this one," a member of the production crew told us. She however declined to comment on the outcome of the pitch, saying instead, "Let's just say, the Dragons know a good investment when they see one.”



Comments

Olaolu On 25/12/2013 18:18:09
Noting that this story is unreal, it never ceases to amaze me how people are so quick to lash out at pastors and Churches whenever stories like this come up, little wonder people can come come up with stories like this and expect an avalange of insults from the populace most especially so-called Christians. Whoever said Churches are meant to be poor and pastors paupers? Ofcourse there are people that preach the gospel for their belly sake like the bible described, but if the Man is preaching right and God blesses his ministry what is wrong with that? For heaven sake several other people have jets in Nigeria and not only the pastors, musicians have also started acquiring jets in the country, why people prefer to focus on pastors goes beyond me. The fact is, this people calling ministry business should also start one, afterall they also want to buy private jets, do they know how many people have 'closed shop' and how few the success rate for ministry is compared to the few successful ones we here of. Once you find your purpose and place in life, God will prosper you no matter who you are doctor, lawyer, politician, business person, pastor e.t.c people should stop the poverty mentality of criticizing success and learn to congratulate people and believe God for their own.
Me On 24/12/2013 08:34:28
To me I believe the man is more genuine than those who claim they are doing God's bless but are indirectly transacting business. Am sure many will be surprised on the last day.
Koa On 23/12/2013 15:21:30
ummm save your comments people, its not real. Read the small print!
Pablo On 22/12/2013 19:30:33
For all those commenting, note that right beneath the box within where you comment is this Caution: "This is NOT real! It's all BS made up to entertain you." THE STORY IS FAKE
smh On 21/12/2013 19:08:41
Have all u pple read the small print of this website by any chance? Its not real.
NeedsHub.com On 21/12/2013 15:25:50
Wow, the best deal ever, Who no wan get private Jets... :)
CHRISTLIKE DIMAOND On 21/12/2013 12:14:05
The love of money is the root of all evil, well the end time is here, so who have ears let them hear. The bible warm that many will come in my name but be not deceived.WE CAN NOT EAT OUR CAKE , OUR LEADERS HAS FAILED US, IF WE DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY..... THEN WE SELL OUR SOUL TO THE DEVIL IN DIFFERENT WAYS FOR MONEY... WHAT A PITY...... REPENT TODAY AND GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST FOR TOMORROW MAYBE TOO LATE. DEVIL HAS SENT HIS ANGEL TO THE WORLD WITH WEALTH AND MONEY.. SO WHEN YOU GO AND RECEIVE IT YOU SALE YOUR SOUL TO THEM AND MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOU.
Tearsofbliss On 21/12/2013 11:59:00
Its nothing personal. Its simply business!
radi On 21/12/2013 11:42:56
see the way Africans dey quote the bible and other philosophies -the people dem bring come sef i doubt if they could do same -with precision, simple commandment love yr neighbors as yrself sef ... every African country dey fail make i go on .
gail On 24/06/2012 02:48:37
business is business, Money is money, i never said we are friends
hotman637 On 02/06/2012 15:38:43
Luke 16:11 If you cannot handle riches on earth why would God give you any in heaven?
RAY On 18/05/2012 13:24:17
THIS IS SERIOUS...HONESTY COMMENDABLE...MOTIVE OBVIOUSLY DEVIOUS..IF THE RATINALE IS RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND 500% IN 2YRS NTHIS GUY WILL ROB WIDOWS ....JUST SAYING ...LOOL THE IDEA EXCITES ME
Fela On 08/04/2012 03:06:13
I believe if heaven dey,this man deserve to go there because of his honesty.How can any intelligent human, give his money to a pastor who turns around instead of building businesses to employ his unemployed congregation, buys luxury Cars and private jets and the same guy goes back next Sunday to give him more money.You get what you deserve.
Fela On 08/04/2012 03:06:13
I believe if heaven dey,this man deserve to go there because of his honesty.How can any intelligent human, give his money to a pastor who turns around instead of building businesses to employ his unemployed congregation, buys luxury Cars and private jets and the same guy goes back next Sunday to give him more money.You get what you deserve.
Fela On 08/04/2012 03:06:07
I believe if heaven dey,this man deserve to go there because of his honesty.How can any intelligent human, give his money to a pastor who turns around instead of building businesses to employ his unemployed congregation, buys luxury Cars and private jets and the same guy goes back next Sunday to give him more money.You get what you deserve.
jc On 09/07/2011 00:20:17
lmao "Brothers and sister, the Lord has brought me here today to tell you that there is no business like church business." it's only a nigerian man that can say that a church is not a place to make money it's for worshiping our lord. if u wanna make money go to the market place nd hustle it hard


johnson On 08/07/2011 14:22:05
this man is a disgrace to religion though that is what it has turned into in nigeria i am very sure he has roots in the east
marc On 02/07/2011 11:39:02
monkey !!
Hadebayor Ishmael On 24/06/2011 18:46:49
9ja we too much but the man is really crazy what does he take us for just CHURCH mad man
ife On 14/06/2011 12:54:23
as much as this sounds incredible it is true.The church has moved a place of exhortation to a place of pure extortion both financially and morally.Hiding under the coffers of religion to extort money ,abuse children is just a new height and so degrading.Well this serves as a lesson to mindset of some of our so called pastors and helping the general public to watch out
obaomo taiwo On 21/05/2011 14:10:37
the coming back of Christ will receive you to myself '' refer to the rapture ,when all living believers shall be caught up together .
Ajisafe AO On 21/05/2011 12:23:21
fela had spoken
Avalanche! On 21/05/2011 09:13:04
::: Well he says its business. Its his business... whether for good or for bad, the gospel is being preached. So why some people dey knack head for ground for another person wahala?

Leave and Let GOD !!

A self actualized Naija boy.... On 19/05/2011 11:03:17
I strongly believe that as the world becomes more educated the notion of religion will eventually disperse. We of this generation met christianity upon our arrival, the words of men who died thousands of years ago (words which have been passed down year after, gone through so much translation and contrasting understanding) and we know build our lives upon these words. It would have been understandable in the dark ages when man knew nothing to hold on to the belief of some supernatural deity but now we live in enlightened times. And the history of this "church" whom so many attach themselves to has been paved on the road of blood and torture eg The burning of the lutherans and the holy crusades, the popes and cardinals of yester-year had nothing but power hungry men who preyed on the belief of others only attain more wealth and power (sound familiar anyone???)....but none the less how can humans not be swayed by something that preaches do good and bad..(basic ethics and morality)...I believe your conscience is your GOD and we should stop raising these so called pastors (who steal your money), bishops/reverend fathers (who rape little boys) and popes (who protect the rapists) to the level of apotheosis...for in the end they are just men governed by the faults and characteristics we "normal" human beings have...
amma On 17/04/2011 07:46:08
Many thanks to Helyn & Nancy
Alex On 06/04/2011 10:19:43
Too Funny! God also has a sense of Humour.Bless you all. Wazobia. Paul A. Adjivon you cracked Me Up. I feel you!
Harvey O'Neil On 02/04/2011 01:00:20
Fustrating and irritating as this might sound to believers and Christ followers, am afraid it is the bitter truth.
I have seen an experienced some jaw dropping events in West Africa, especially in Nigeria on the number of turn ups and church seminars, events, masses, crusades and services etc.
In big cities such as Abuja and Lagos city, without exaggerating, I counted personally over 85,000 churches (I actually stopped my mini census at 85,345 when I gave up). However, majority of these churches still overflow with congregation every Sunday causing heavy traffics and sometimes weekdays if there are any weekday sermons and miracles to do received).
CEOs (or GOs as they are known) of these churches ride in the most expensive cars, private jets, live the best lives and only lives a majority of Nigerians would only dream about. Am sure every Nigerian reading this would relate to this.

Now, The question is; Is a church in the Nigerian church industry a lucrative business capable of yielding a 500% return in a year?
My answer is NO! it is capable of much more than that; I would say 1000%.

However, the idea of using religion as a business is the lowest thing one could ever do. Religion itself is enough slavery that keeps people bonded to some superior being and its belief shouldn't go further by tormenting that psychology.

but if its all about money...hey..why not?

shobo On 01/04/2011 11:02:51
evil's den...im sure they will invest when the shows off air
tunji Obileye On 27/03/2011 16:27:46
the church is big business in nigeria, its a shame, only God can save us.
Bolaji On 25/03/2011 13:09:08
Many will come on that day and say Lord, Lord, the answer will be I knew you not. You shall them by their fruites.
Every one of us will give account for him/herself. Do not be decieved, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows that he will reap!!!

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