THE TRUE STORY OF DORCAS BABALOLA, WIFE OF APOSTLE JOSEPH AYO BABALOLA
Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola was called into the ministry in 1928 at the age of 24 when he encountered the voice of God at Ikeji Arakeji while working for a road construction company as the driver of the steam roller.
Babalola started his ministry that same year and God began to work with him confirming His Word with outstanding miracles, notable signs and wonders.
By the year 1930, his fame began to spread abroad most especially due to his amazing exploits at the Great Revival that happened at Ilesa which changed the spiritual climate of the western region.
It is not an overstatement to say that the impact of the great revival was felt virtually all over the country.
Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola became a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian church and became the leader of the pentecostal movement in Nigeria. His name was virtually on every lip both of friends and foes, admirers and critics.
Babalola however remained single and many of his family members, followers and colleagues were becoming curious as to why he was not considering marriage being a church leader.
It then came to pass that after persistent pressure from his father, Pa David Rotimi Talabi, Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola got married to Dorcas on April 25, 1935.
About 6000 people attended the wedding and he received a total gift of 3 pounds, 10 shillings and 6 pence.
The wedding took place at the first Aladura assembly at Efon Alaaye and was conducted by Pastor David Odubanjo, Pastor J.S.B Odusona and Pastor Medaiyese.
Apostle Babalola met his wife a virgin and had to give her 2 pounds and 10 shillings for the virginity, a custom of the Yoruba people at that time.
During their lifetime, Babalola used to call his wife ” Mama Abiye” and Dorcas would also call him “Baba Abiye”. They settled down in Efon Alaaye.
Much has been said about Dorcas Babalola. Dorcas was born on March 10, 1912 to the family of Fowowe at Ilesa. Many people regarded Dorcas as being mean and aggressive but we have to look at the circumstances of her frustrations.
In the first few years of their marriage, sometimes Dorcas would cook from morning