Who is Apostle Joshua Selman?
Apostle Joshua Selman is a Nigerian gospel minister, singer and televangelist. He is the founder and senior pastor of the Eternity Network International (ENI) church which is also known as “Koinonia”.
He has been cited as one of the 100 most influential Christian ministers in Nigeria by some sources.
Apostle Joshua Selman’s childhood and education
Apostle Joshua Selman’s full name is Joshua Selman Nimmak. He was born on June 25, 1980, in Jos, Plateau State as the second child of four children. The 41-year-old minister is originally from Zaria, Kaduna State. He obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.
Selman was raised in a devout Christian home which contributed to his passion for ministerial work. It was said that as a child he preferred being alone and just studying the word of God and praying to going out to play with his peers.
According to reports gathered by DNB Stories Africa, his late maternal grandfather, Reverend Rindap Damina Bawado was the first president of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) from 1951 to 1981.
How Apostle Joshua Selman became a minister
Apostle Selman started his ministerial career right from a tender age. His strong Christian background helped him to develop the courage to preach and share the gospel. It was said that the vibrant pastor became born again as a child during his secondary school days.
According to reports, Selman and some friends embarked on a ministerial journey right from their campus days, evangelising and performing miracles in the name of Christ. However, they backslid at some point after their belief was referred to as “heresy”.
Selman re-traced his steps back to his faith and belief after he had an encounter on December 2, 2002, when, according to him, someone tapped him in his sleep and he immediately knew it was Jesus when he woke up, though he couldn’t explain how he knew.
He became an assistant pastor at Christ Gospel Church, Samaru, Zaria in Kaduna upon his graduation from school, neglecting his profession as an engineer. He would later on become a senior pastor at the same ministry before he started his own church in 2011.
Apostle Joshua Selman founded his church, the Eternity Network International (ENI) in March 2011 in Zaria at the age of 30. Prior to this, he has organized different crusades, revivals, and apostolic conferences within the country, especially in the Northern part and already garnered some reputation for his style of preaching.
Selman has made it known that he is influenced by globally recognized men of God, including the likes of Bishop David O. Oyedepo, Reinhard Bonnke, Benny Hinn, T. L Osbourne, among others.
About Eternity Network International (ENI) church
Eternity Network International (ENI) is also known as “Koinonia” which is a Greek word for “Christian fellowship with God or fellow Christians”. The church is located at 15/16 Alin Basawa Road, CGC, opposite 2nd ECWA Church, New Extension, Samaru, Zaria.
The church is known for its focus on demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit, revealing the Kingdom’s wealth, and financing God’s end-time agenda.
The ministry also has a Bible School concerned with the training and mentoring of individuals who are passionate about the work of God.
Wiki Profile of Apostle Joshua Selman
|Full name||Joshua Selman Nimmak|
|State of origin||Kaduna|
|Age||41 years old|
|Date of birth||June 25 1980|
|Alma matter||Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna|
Apostle Joshua Selman‘s marriage and wedding
As of the time of writing this post, Apostle Joshua Selman is not married and does not have a wife.
The man of God has made it known that he is giving up his all, including his desire for marriage, for his ministerial duties as a pastor.
However, it was speculated that Selman was dating and engaged to one Sandra Chinelo Areh and that they were planning on getting married in 2020.
Apostle Joshua Selman‘s relationship with Sandra Chinelo Areh
Apostle Joshua Selman was speculated to be engaged to Sandra Chinelo Areh after a friend of his identified as Olufukeji Ejimi Adegbeye made a post in 2019 to celebrate Sandra’s birthday.
The man in his post thanked Sandra for supporting Selman’s ministry, referring to her as “Selwoman” and even insinuated that there might be a wedding ceremony the following year.
Selman and Sandra Chinelo Areh have also been seen attending crusades and church programs together and also taking pictures together. However, none of them has affirmed or debunked the rumours of their relationship and engagement.
About Apostle Joshua Selman Joshua’s wife
As of the time of publishing this post (March 2022), Apostle Joshua Selman has no wife. The young pastor is expected to eventually get married at the appropriate time.
Apostle Joshua Selman‘s children
As of the time of writing this report, Apostle Joshua Selman has no biological children of his own. There is no information about him fathering a child with any woman.
However, the gospel minister has several “spiritual children” who look up to him as a father all over the world.
Who is Sandra Chinelo Areh?
Sandra Chinelo Areh is Apostle Joshua Selman’s alleged girlfriend/fiancee. She is reported to be part of the media crew of Joshua’s ministry in its early days and they both met in Zaria.
Sandra Chinelo Areh is said to be the creative director of an interior and exterior decoration company called “Nels Tiptop Designs”.
According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Sandra Chinelo Areh is an orphan from Anambra state. She was born on December 9 but her exact date of birth and age is not known. However, she speculated to be in her early 30s,
The young lady lost her father in 2005 and her mother in 2020. She is said to have lived most part of her life in Zaria and even schooled there, graduating in 2013.
She obtained a degree in Mass Communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state and was said to have worked as the Personal Assistant to a legislator of the National House of Representatives of Nigeria.
Sandra Chinelo Areh is said to have described herself as a “cuisine connoisseur” and she is mostly seen at religious gatherings or conferences attended or organized by Apostle Selman.
Apostle Joshua Selman‘s controversial statement
Apostle Joshua Selman was heavily criticized in the media in July 2020 after he made a controversial statement during a pastor’s conference. The man of God had said that anyone who desires to be successful and popular in Nigeria must step foot in Lagos or Abeokuta as the cities are prophetically covenanted in the spiritual realm for those who understand the things of the spirit.
The statement caused an uproar in the media and was received with some criticism by his fans and believers. It led to disagreement, bantering, and even name-calling which made the apostle clear the air in an interview with Pastor Dele Osunmakinde.
Selman made it known that he is human and it is only normal for him to make mistakes. He said the statement was not taught as a doctrine, adding that he is still a student who takes corrections anytime he is called to it provided it is God’s truth. He advised that the public should make constructive criticism and make corrections with love rather than finding joy in bringing a person down.