Until his sudden departure to glory on Sunday, July 1959, Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola showed no sign of illness. On Friday 24 July, he returned to Ibadan to attend the general council’s meeting slated for that day. On Saturday morning, July, Apostle Babalola conducted the morning prayer for ministers and members living in the vicarage of C.A.C. Olugbode, Ibadan and prayed for everybody. The same day, he sent two of his followers, Michael and another fellow to me at Ede that I should prepare a place for him to sleep. I never knew he was talking of his final sleep. Apostle Ayo Babalola arrived Ede around 6:30 in the evening that Saturday and he was gladly received. Before his arrival, I had prepared my bedroom ready for him. 

We ensured that nobody was allowed to rush into the bedroom with him; for it was Apostle Babalola’s habit that he never turned away anybody who came to him for prayer and counselling, no matter how weary he might be. After prayer, I informed him that his meal was ready. He declined to take any meal but requested to be allowed to have some sleep, because he had been holding series of meetings since the past nine days with little or no rest. He woke up three hours later and took some tea and slept off again. At 4 a.m. on Sunday, he woke up, took his bath, took some tea and had his morning meditation without any disturbance. At 6 o’clock, I went to him in the bedroom and he began to talk about a great convention which will soon be held at his hometown, Odo-Owa. He was speaking in parables, so I did not suspect that he was talking about his approaching death. He directed me to call in Prophet Babajide who was in the adjacent room. Both of us knelt down beside his bed and he began to narrate to us how he began his ministry. It was such a sublime experience.

Both of us just listened; we did not utter a single word during the course of his narration. After this, we knelt down for prayer. The three of us prayed. I took the lead. Prophet Babajide followed. When it was Apostle Babalola’s turn to pray, he prayed for a very long time, praying for the church, the leaders and for us too. After the special service, people came to Apostle Babalola in my bedroom and bid him farewell before leaving for their various destinations with joy and humour. He bid everyone farewell and prayed for them. Nobody suspected through his speech or action that death was lurking in the corners. We left him alone to attend to those who were waiting to see him. Meanwhile, Michael Osabi and Samuel Oluwatusin, the two young men who used to wait on him, remained with him as he took a nap. When he woke up, he called me and returned my covering-cloth to me. His action surprised me and I asked, “Baba, why are you doing this?” He replied, “A man should sleep with his own clothes.” It did not occur to me that he was speaking of his imminent death.

He advised me to go and have some sleep myself. By then, everybody else had gone to church for the evening service. Around 5 p.m. as he lay on the bed, Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola breathed heavily three times, saying after, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” His breathing was like the rumbling of a rain-storm and there was a great vibration in the bedroom. As this was happening, his personal attendants (Michael and Samuel) ran to call me to his bedside before he gave up the ghost. We began to pray and quickly sent for the church leaders who had gone to church for the evening service. We all prayed for his restoration. But while this prayer was on, the Lord opened my spiritual eyes to see what was happening in the heavenlies. The heavenly hosts had come to meet this great prophet and joyfully admitted him into the glory above. He had laid down his sword at Jesus’ feet. So he could not return to earth again. The church leaders and the elders who were present arranged for Apostle Babalola’s corpse to be taken to Efon-Alaaye that same night.

The account of his marriage is documented also.

Written by Perry Martins

Perry Martins, officially known as Martins Okonkwo is One of Africa's foremost Gospel Music and Christian Entertainment blogger. He is Tony Elumelu Foundation Alumni and a Young African Leaders Initiative Alumni.
Perry is also a Radio and TV host on Gospotainment Radio.


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  1. We thank God,even if our father in the Lord died physically,spiritually his work is going on.And we are part of him.

  2. I love this… I love to see more scene of end time and Antichrist so people can see, watch and believe that truly that heaven and hell is real and Jesus is coming.Thanks

  3. thank God he made heaven. i pray all faithful ministers wil also make heaven at d end of their christian race in Jesus n

  4. i celebrate you sir. though i was not privilege to meet with you , your great works made me celebrate you and also admire you kine. sir i pray for your grace to rest upon me. and i pray the good lord fill my soul and spirit with same anointing . thank you sire. i love you but heaven love you most

  5. The greatest commission of man on earth is “GOD’S MANDATE” pray to God to fulfil your destiny-God’s mandate before your time will be off on earth. May His grace be sufficient for us and may we never miss in Jesus Name. Amen.

  6. I thank God for grace of God that was with apostle Ayo babalola (Baba) till the end and that after every thing he make it to be with Jesus Christ.
    i pray that in this our generation God will give us that kind of grace in Jesus name Amen

  7. I appreciated baba calling and his work in the lord it motivat me ,oh lord let me too end well in Christ Jesus amen

  8. Thank God he finished well. It’s one thing to start a race and it’s another thing to finish well. Glory to the name of the lord that He indeed finished well.

  9. Do you know that I am Prophet I.O. Ogedegbe (full name: Isaiah Oghenevwegba Ogedegbe) from Warri? Call me on 08134836494.

  10. A great Man of God with a great auction and power, a prayer machine, a Man of the Word, addicted to fasting, committed to holiness within and without, what a great gift to human kind.

  11. I really appreciate God upon my father apostle Joseph Ayodele babalola who as slept in prayer is that God will bring another person greater than baba in this our generation AMEN.

  12. Comment:for all what i have seen to read about you was a great story that one could have withness doing your days on earth.what can we say about you is it for your signs and wonders or your predictation about your self,as for me you are just a peculia person.My prayer is that the God that use babalola should also use me as well so that i can have eternity……..AMEN

  13. Apostle Ayo Joseph Babalola remains my role model. He was a man of prayer, a man of exploit, a man of holiness, a man of consecration, a man of obedience, a a man of generosity, a man of God, a man of auction, an anointed man of God. he is everything i want God to make me to be.

  14. Joshep Ayobabalola is not dead truly is not here again, but his presence is mightly here, and behold the last revival is about to start, Jesus is raising people greater then babalola again,jesus is coming back hallelujah

  15. God I Want You In My Life Like You Be With Joseph Ayo Babalola I Want Thesame Power Like Him God Accept My Prayes Amen!!!

  16. May the anointing of Apostle Ayodele Joseph Babalola find me and enrich my family. May that special anointing remove all the chains and shackles from my children’s live. Amen

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