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BN Exclusive: Jimmy “Pastor J” Odukoya & His Sweetheart Oluwakemi Sade Banjoko tied the Knot Today! First Photos & Love Story



Jimmy Kemi Odukoya Wedding BellaNaija1Congrats to gospel rap artiste/pastor Jimmy Odukoya, son of the late Pastor Bimbo Odukoya and Pastor Taiwo Odukoya of Fountain of Life Church!
The artiste popularly known as “Pastor J” married his sweetheart Oluwakemi Sade Banjoko in London today!
Congrats to the lovely couple.

Read all about their love story in this interview by Lanre Odukoya via ThisDay.

How did you meet?
Jimmy: I went to the same secondary school with her cousin and she came for her cousin’s introduction.
I hadn’t seen her cousin in a while and we said let’s hook up and catch up. We got to Ooh La La, in Ikeja. I get out of the car, she gets out of the car and I said who is that and he said, “she’s my cousin”. So the first time I saw her was at Ooh La La, in the parking lot.

What year was this?
Jimmy: It was in 2011

Was it love at first sight.
Jimmy: Actually no, I talked more to her cousin, Kike, catching up, updating each other. I hardly spoke to her. We were talking of relationships and she said she has been single for four years and she hasn’t seen what she is looking for. I said this is Lagos, this is your first time in a long time, before you know it you will have lots of offers, people will probably offer to chat you up, and her cousin suggested that we exchange contacts since we were both single and I said okay. That was the first day.

Kemi: The next day was my cousin’s introduction and that was when we started talking. He asked my cousin’s permission to talk to me.

Your cousin is male, I presume?
Jimmy: He is male, we went to school together. When I got there I asked if I could talk to her cousin and he is one of my very good friends and I said why is everybody not talking to her. They said he told everyone not to talk to her, so I said let me go and talk to her and we really had a very good conversation and I asked her to marry me jokingly because my sister had just gotten engaged and I found out that my brother in-law, Olumide’s younger brother had just gotten engaged. Everyone was engaged so I said why don’t we just get engaged. So I said, take your time, I will give you five minutes to think about it and I went downstairs to tell her aunty that I was going to marry her niece jokingly and it’s funny how in reality it ended up being just that way.

Jimi Odukoya Wedding 2When you first saw him what was the impression you had?
Kemi: The first thing that struck me about Jimmy is that he is very kind and I actually told my cousin about it in the car on the way back. Everyone he introduced me to actually said he is kind and it’s like it radiates from him.

What was it that made you want to marry her?
Jimmy: I think we had great conversations. We talked a lot.

Kemi: We talked for hours, day and night for like three days straight. He would call me up like from 8.00pm and we’d talk till 5.00am and we talked about everything and my uncle was like who are you talking to in the middle of the night.

Jimmy: One thing I always looked out in the person I would end up with was not someone who will be a ready-made pastor’s wife, who can rip out the microphone and preach the sermon. That was not my criteria. I wanted somebody who loved God and who has an open mind towards learning, growing in God and growing in life generally. One thing that struck me is that her love for God is real, is genuine, she can adapt to any situation, she is also very flexible.

Were you a pastor in 2011?
Jimmy: Yes, I was.

Kemi: He didn’t tell me at first(general laughter).

Jimmy: Yes, at first I didn’t tell her. But the first time I told her, I actually just said to her: ‘by the way, I am a pastor.’ There was this 30 seconds silence. She was just kind of silent for a while.

Kemi: (Laughing) I was silent. I was thinking of all the things I had told him.

Jimmy: But I’d mentioned it to her by telling her what my mum would always say and the next day we were talking and she just said straight out of the blue, she said she was thinking of what I said the previous day and what my mum always asked my dates and she said: ‘I am going to stop doing what a pastor’s wife won’t do’. We were not official yet, but I liked the way she was thinking and because most of the ladies I had dated in the past were not comfortable having that conversation.
I tell them: ‘listen I am a pastor, there are certain things you can’t wear, there are certain places you can’t go, certain things you can’t say, certain places where you can’t show up.’

Jimi Odukoya Wedding 3You know he is a Pastor and that he is Pastor Taiwo’s son; is there any pressure?
Kemi: I know he is a pastor, a lot of people love him, and they love his family. I think it’s a big role but I see it like two people meeting and falling in love. We are going to get married and we should go with the flow.

How did you propose to her?
Jimmy: I had intended I would go and do the proposal in December. But the first time I met her father and we had this ‘I will marry your daughter conversation’ all he said was ‘my daughter?’ I had flown to London to see her father and all he said was ‘my daughter’ and we had a very good conversation. It was very interesting.

So, I planned to propose in December and I had told my friend, Olumide, who would be my best man. I introduced both of them on Skype and Olumide just told her: ‘look I don’t know what you have done to my friend but he is planning to propose in December.’ I was stunned. I actually did not believe he just told her so I decided to propose in March and so I was actually looking for a way to go get a ring that I had booked online.

It was difficult going because she was always with me. I told her I was going for a meeting in church and when I got there the ring was not actually what it looked like on the internet and I spent another two hours looking for another ring and she kept calling me, asking where I was.

So, I told her I would be home shortly and she was suspecting something and when I got back to the hotel, I walked into the bathroom and she went through my stuff and she didn’t find anything and I am sure she was disappointed and she was eating these jelly sweets and they were in different shapes and one of them was ring shaped and so I said I am about to propose because she was getting kind of upset so I moved closer and took one of the candy and asked her if she would marry me. I was about putting the candy ring on her finger and she said: ‘where is the ring?’ So I went to the mirror in the bathroom and asked her to close her eyes, and when we got to the mirror I asked her to open her eyes and pick the ring and she said she couldn’t find the ring, then I asked her to look down and she looked down and saw the ring so I told her to pick the ring, it’s yours, touch it and she was quite shocked as she picked it because she didn’t expect it.

Jimi Odukoya WeddingWhat do you think your mum would have said about her?
Jimmy: I think my mum would have actually loved her. I am sure she would have actually given her so many nick names like kem-love, kem-darling and all the kem-kem stuffs. My mum has always been interested in knowing who I was dating and there was a time I was dating someone and it seemed to be serious. I was schooling in America then and she was about to fly her from America to London for a day just to see her.
Later on, when I came home for Christmas and my mum saw her, she said she was not the one. My mum was always 100 percent right when it comes to anything that has to do with relationships. But seriously she would have loved her, her attitude, her personality and, sure, she would have been all over her.

What did your father think about her?
Jimmy: He is this kind of person that sits back and watches and he then makes his decision. When I first told him that I have found the one I wanted to marry and that I had bought the ring, he said ‘okay, no problem’. There was a time he didn’t go for ministration or travel anywhere and he asked her to come so he would meet her and they had some serious conversations.
I remembered my first meeting with her father; her dad didn’t even smile with me. The second time he didn’t smile at me. The third time, maybe a half smile, but here she was meeting my dad for the first time and they were eating, laughing and having a nice conversation. It wasn’t fair. My dad really likes her and he said she is the one. If he didn’t support we won’t probably be here by now.

How difficult was it courting without acting inappropriately as a pastor?
Jimmy: One thing I believe is that true love waits. If it’s something you believe is true, then it’s worth waiting for. Besides, you are in a place where people look up to you and you have to direct and lead them the best way you can. That accountability and position that you occupy are what keep you going and God’s grace.

Jimmy Kemi Odukoya Wedding BellaNaija2What is your background like?
Kemi: My full name is Oluwakemi Folashade Banjoko. I have two brothers. I was born in London and I went to the University of Manchester where I studied English literature and French. I worked at HSBC. I was supposed to go back after graduation but I got engaged to Jimmy Odukoya.

Jimmy: I am Othniel Oluwajimi Odukoya. Now, I have two brothers and two sisters. I got my degrees from Oral Roberts University. First degree was Business Administration minor in Advertising. Second degree was MBA, Business Administration. I moved back home in 2010. I worked in Accenture for a year and now I work at Bourbon Inter Oil Nigeria Limited. I am a Pastor at Fountain of Life Church and all the other stuff.


  1. AAsh

    March 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Congrats Jimmy and Kemi. GOD bless and keep your union forever.Amen


    March 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Lovely couple. Oh and christians in general shouldn’t act inappropriately during courtship not just pastors 🙂

  3. Purpleicious Babe

    March 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    likes how they kept the courtship short and simple.

    Congrats to both them and am sure Mum Bimbo is proud. x

    • semesee

      March 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      the “genuine christian courtship is always short and simple………..because the girl keeps her legs firmly together. On the other hand, where you find both couple engaging in pre-marital sex, what is the guys rush?

    • Shantee

      March 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm


  4. Visit

    March 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Congrats! BN We need pictures oooo

  5. HABBA

    March 9, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    the girl fine no be small ooo! i cant wait to see the Yoruba traditional wedding!

  6. R

    March 9, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    God bless their union!

  7. kanyinsola

    March 9, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Awww… So romantic and real! 🙂

  8. suregirl

    March 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    yayy first to comment …lovely bride ,my mr right where art thou ?

  9. d2

    March 10, 2013 at 12:13 am

    why were they interviewed?

    • word

      March 10, 2013 at 6:27 am

      So u can come her to read it an and drop a comment just like u have. U ok now?

    • Hmm

      March 10, 2013 at 9:31 am


  10. kaymi

    March 10, 2013 at 12:27 am

    I so love their love story…see what I did here with it

  11. Femi Aturu

    March 10, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Congrats to the couple…I wish them a blissful future…

  12. again

    March 10, 2013 at 12:42 am

    fantastic..lovely jimmy choo shoes, or versace displayed,just pure love.congrats

  13. tai tai

    March 10, 2013 at 12:53 am

    d2 why the silly question? and why did you read the interview in the first place and lastly..every wedding featured on BN has an interview duh!

    • d2

      March 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm not every wedding featured. they usually publish a piece written by the bride and groom on how they met, proposals etc…..have’nt seen any other couple interviewed…no vex o haba

  14. timi

    March 10, 2013 at 1:41 am

    God bless you all. I absolutely adored pastor Bimbo.The memory of the righteous is blessed!!

  15. Na wa

    March 10, 2013 at 2:22 am

    The girl fine o no be small.

  16. 'Dire

    March 10, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Beautiful couple. Such a genuine interview, God bless your union. And thanks for the small but mighty lesson there, ‘true love waits’, such an exemplary young man and role model to look up to, I’m sure your mum approves and she must be SO proud. Happy married life.

    • Falala

      March 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

      True Love waits… good to hear not all the guys around are ‘not-waiting.’

  17. na me

    March 10, 2013 at 4:00 am

    beautiful couple

  18. NNENNE

    March 10, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Good luck with everything.

  19. Luster

    March 10, 2013 at 7:39 am

    “I told her I was going for a meeting in the church”. Erm……wasnt that a lie told by pastor?Ok. Pastors are human huh

    • Omega Female

      March 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

      What if he went to church first, then left church to go get the ring?

    • Bunmi

      March 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      That was a good lie jare! Not “Baby, I’m about to pray for Mr. Kwame’s wife” Meanwhile, Kwame’s wife is his dirty secretary servicing his ‘fountain’ under the desk”

  20. Creamy_Amie

    March 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Congrats to you guys, Happy Married Life….

  21. @ajiriavae

    March 10, 2013 at 8:17 am

    She is so pretty.

  22. kilipot

    March 10, 2013 at 8:52 am

    simple as a b c…. aiye o le jare

  23. Tae

    March 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    What a beautiful couple, wishing them a happy married life.

  24. D Fairy GodSister

    March 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm


  25. MissyD

    March 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Lovely story, congrats to Jimmy and Kemi.

    My question now is, why is BN calling this story an exclusive when they basically copied and pasted it from Thisday?

  26. ItsModella

    March 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    am I the only one who thinks the guy looks like Chris Attoh somehow?

  27. errrm

    March 10, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    lovely but wetin una dey do for hotel o ..mmmmm

  28. Lacoste

    March 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Thy seem like a chill couple…which I love. Not everything in life should be overwhelmingly dramatic …I love you together and wish you a happy married life. Pls don’t be distracted by worldly things jimi. As a young pastor you are in position to shape the lives of many young people looking up to you to guide them

  29. Stella Kashmoney

    March 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Beautiful couple. Congrats to them.

  30. kofo

    March 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    May God bless dis beautiful home u av created 2geda. HML. We wud av 2 wear glasses 2 look @ d children dey wil make cus dey will be breath taking!!!


    March 10, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    God bless their union happy married life, and is it me or does the bride look like Keisha Cole in the first picture?

  32. ve

    March 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    “Daddy I ve found someone I want to marry. Daddy: ok” …some fathers tho. That just sounded lik ma dad. Lol
    Meanwhile……mom I ve found someone I want to marry. Mom:is he born again,wat does he do,wen did u guyz meet,u sure he doesn’t hav an ancestral curse, hav u confirmed from God………….lov ma mom jare

    • na mi

      March 11, 2013 at 8:22 am


    • Deeolar

      March 11, 2013 at 9:37 am

      Hahahahaha! Classical Naija parents’s response

  33. Doks

    March 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    lol @ ve’s comment

    Congrats Jimi & Kemi. I’m so happy for you both. Indeed, its the Odukoya’s season of rejoicing.
    They met in 2011 and are already married. Short and sweet! I love that.

    May God bless and keep your home. May His face continually shine upon your family with favour and abundant blessings.

    Pst Bim – we all miss you, look how well your children have turned out. You will forever be a positive example to me.

  34. Sandra

    March 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Congratulations to u too may God bless and keep the union….

  35. adelegirl

    March 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Lovely story. Pastor Bimbo must be smiling down from heaven at her kids. They turned out so well. A testament to the hand of God in the lives of their parents. So often, pastors’ kids don’t turn out as well. But this is a different story and I bless God for His hand in their lives. Congratulations to the new couple. May their home be blessed always!

  36. twinkle

    March 11, 2013 at 10:59 am

    short courtship is good jor, met my husband oct, he proposed in december n by september the following year we were married, havent been happier, but i did tell God what i wanted tho n he answered.;)

  37. Abena

    March 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Not a kill joy but what was she doing in his room in the night without a chaperone?dont they know all things must take place decently as 1C0r 14:40 mentioned?he is supposed to be exemplary in everything he does and not give room for people to doubt him.
    I hope he followed in his sister’s steps as regards chastity and please nobody must scream at me for quoting the Bible.As a christian,we must perceive God’s thought in our everyday life.Thank You.,

    • Blossom

      March 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

      Abeg park well

    • ebony

      March 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      being disciplined is the key…

  38. Kenñî

    March 11, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    They are cute 2gether

  39. Chi

    March 12, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Twinkle you are very lucky, infact that is the kind of courtship I want
    . Short and sweet, especially since I am not exactly young anymore (27 in April). God bless us singles with the bone of our bone. Amen!

  40. Jane

    March 12, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Amen! No long dating+forever engagement. I love their style. When you see what you want, you just know!

  41. tanny

    March 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Congrat guys God bless ur union

  42. kacy ego

    March 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

    what a lovely couple.guys shld learn nd avoid lng relatnship.God shld quicken d step of my bone to bone.Amen

  43. Djanebu

    March 12, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    When u honor Lord and put him first he blesses u with good things. Happy marry life she is stunning.

  44. Adewale

    March 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Cute couple, I like this trend of fashionable, stylish, young, classy men of God. God bless your union

  45. HRS

    March 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    @Abena, U truly need to park well. Some of us Christians can control our otherwise raging hormones, with the help of the Holy Spirit and are adults enough to know that premarital sex is wrong and not of God, so even if we are in the room alone, it will all be gists and other activities that will take our minds off the body and when we notice that our strong attraction for each other is on the surface, we simply leave the room to where we can find other adults or public places.

    Congrats Jimmy and Kemi, truly happy for u! Stunning couple!

  46. mhooo

    March 18, 2013 at 12:32 am

    and to think I have ‘harmlessly’ been frequenting oh la laa lately; guess I now need to make the trips there purposive. lol!!!

  47. ibitayo isaac

    March 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Congratulation pastor “J” on your wedding ceremony,now you have made your mother dream come real according to what God has given to her as a talent to change the life of the singles & married ones. May God blessed your married life.

  48. Clara

    June 3, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Good I found it here, I have been looking for this!

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