KENYAN ‘JESUS’ SAYS HE IS AN ACTOR AND EVANGELIST – DISMISSES CLAIMS OF BEING DEPORTED
Pictures and videos of a man dressed like Jesus Christ, seen by hundreds of thousands of people in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa, have spawned a number of false claims, with some suggesting pastors had presented the man as Jesus Christ on his first African tour. But the man in the viral pictures and videos is Michael Job, an American actor and Christian evangelist, on a Kenyan preaching tour.
The ‘Jesus’ in the recent posts is actually called Michael Job and presents himself as “Evangelist/President at Jesus Loves You Evangelistic Ministries” on his Facebook page.
The Facebook page gives details of his “crusade” in Kenya between July 26 and 29, 2019.
Job denounced the false stories about his Kenya tour in a Facebook post on July 31.
“Hey guys! Just to let you know there has been many false “fake news” reports here in Kenya about me,”
In the text, Job also denied reports claiming that he had been deported along with the pastors who invited him to Kenya, such as this report in online newspaper DailyAfrika.
On the tour, Job was part of a stage-play where he took on the role of Jesus. A video shared on his Facebook page shows him preaching the gospel and at no instance is he heard referring to himself as Jesus.
This is not the first time a man who resembles popular images of Jesus Christ has caused a furore among Kenyans online. Three years ago, a picture of a man supposedly walking the streets of Nairobi created a buzz on social media with online users referring to him as the Mzungu Jesus.
The man later identified himself as Daniel Christos and denied he had claimed to be Jesus in a Facebook post.