How Nairobi Tout Moved to US, Started a Church, Now a Billionaire

  • Bishop Emmanuel Musinga speaking at an interview on Monday, November 29, 2021.
    Bishop Emmanuel Musinga speaking at an interview on Monday, November 29, 2021.
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  • Bishop Emmanuel Musinga’s journey could possibly be the subject of a thriller movie that fully captures the unrelenting resilience of the human spirit. 

    Musinga wasn’t born in Kenya but found luck, which eventually gave his life purpose in the country. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but because of war, he ended up as a refugee in Kenya

    The toughest challenge is that he fled DRC alone, and did not know anyone else, making his life in Nairobi very difficult. 

    “I was a victim of the civil war, had nothing and was hopeless. That is why I fled to Kenya alone. I came to Nairobi in 2005, where I was hawking mandazi before becoming a matatu tout in Umoja. This was when I started learning English."

    An image of Refugees in Kenya
    An image of Refugees in Kenya
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    Speaking in a recent interview, Musinga narrated how he met his opportunity when the Kenyan refugees were being resettled to various parts of the world. 

    “My story as a refugee was selected by the United Nations, and I went to the US embassy for an interview. Luckily, I was resettled to the United States. 

    “When you are a refugee, the government has a program to welcome you and fully accommodate you for some time. After that, you are given a job, and my first job was to clean the market."

    Musinga proceeded to say that while working as a cleaner, he had always hoped to do something better, and that compelled him to apply for other jobs. 

    Besides that, he always had the passion to become a pastor and a motivational speaker, and that is how he decided to launch his first church. 

    He was not fluent in English at that time, and when he took a loan to start a church, he hoped to find a Congolese audience. Right now, he has about 30 churches in Kenya, Uganda and the United States, and is still launching more churches because of the growing audience.

    The Central African national contends that he is a hard worker, and being a successful businessman doesn’t stop him from engaging in other jobs and businesses. At some point, he recalled that he would work during the day and write his books at night

    “I started off as a sweeper, did my job with passion until I became a caseworker. Right now, I have my own business, I have churches all over the world and several jobs. From zero to hero,”

    “I never imagined that one day I would be living in the United States. Right now, I am a legal citizen in the US, and I can just say it’s by the grace of God," the Bishop stated. 

    Bishop Emmanuel Musinga addressing the faithful of his Church in Indiana USA with the help of a translator.
    Bishop Emmanuel Musinga addressing the faithful of his Church in Indiana USA with the help of a translator.
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