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🎤 'Prophet Elvis' puts profit in prophet
This Ugandan preacher may be worth $115 million
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Prophet Elvis Mbonye has amassed a large following based in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, with many who claim that a variety of his prophecies have been fulfilled. Individuals say he predicted job changes and gifts from family members — plus the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016 and much more.
“The record he holds is much bigger than those in the Bible,” one of Mbonye’s circle said.
Worth an estimated $115 million, Mbonye preaches to a primarily middle-class crowd that includes lawyers, doctors, members of Parliament and others.
Today’s top story from Kampala-based journalist Amy Fallon explores Mbonye’s prophecies and the cult of personality that’s built around his name.
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Uganda’s Prophet Elvis Mbonye is worth an estimated $115 million. He’s one of the country’s most talked about prophets amid claims that a variety of his predictions have come true, from the restoration of broken laptops to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016 and Brexit. by Amy Fallon
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In Uganda ‘Prophet Elvis’ Puts The Profit In Prophet by Amy Fallon
Uganda’s Prophet Elvis Mbonye is worth an estimated $115 million. He’s one of the country’s most talked about prophets amid claims that a variety of his predictions have come true, from the restoration of broken laptops to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016 and Brexit.
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