Bishop I Makamu (born Israel Makamu) is a South African preacher, author, empowerment speaker, life enhancement strategist, and relationship coach. He is not a new face on the small screen.
He has appeared on several local television shows including on the Moja Love reality talk show Rea Tsotella. He has his reality television show “I Am Bishop I Mokamu“. The show premiered on 2nd July 2019 on Moja Love.
On the show, viewers get the chance to know more about his lifestyle and that of his family, the church politics, and many other things.
|around 43 years old
|Christian Family Church International Bible College
|Ntwanano, Ntokozo, Ntsumi
|Endless Hope Bible Church
|I Am Bishop I Makamu
His biography is not complete until we refer to where he grew up. The senior pastor of his church grew up in a church. During his secondary school days, he was known to be a preacher which earned him the nickname “Bishop” in high school.
He was raised in Katlehong, Gauteng. Having a parent who was a pastor did not make it easier as he was under pressure that he wouldn’t want his children to experience.
As a pastor’s child people expected him to be perfect but according to him “I was far from perfect”. Though he wasn’t a drinker neither did he smoke and was family-oriented. Sometimes Israel did not want to go to church and take part in its activities.
The preacher holds a certification in Theology, though he doesn’t like to talk about a textbook. Though Israel believes his gifts “comes naturally”, still he went to Bible school. He attended the Christian Family Church International (CFCI) Bible College. He finished with a diploma in Theology.
Israel was born into the family of Titus Makamu (father) and Rophinia (mother). His parents are active in the church, though his father is late. He lost his father, who was a pastor, in 2017.
Bishop I. Makamu is married to Hloniphile Makamu. He met his wife in 2003, on the day, he dropped off a friend and saw her as she stood beside the traffic lights.
He immediately was attracted to her and decided to make a move. The preacher had to stop his ride and went to approach her. That was his first time to walk up to a woman. To get her attention, he followed her up for about one week.
When they met, she was nineteen and was a nursing student at Ann Latsky Nursing College, Joburg. After two years, from the day they met, they got married in 2005. His wife is around 36 years old.
Israel lives in a secured upmarket estate in the south of Johannesburg with his family. The house double-storey mansion with large glass windows. The beautiful house is grey and has a garden which is of course well maintained.
Bishop I Makamu is the senior pastor of Endless Hope Bible Church. The church has grown and has over ten branches across the country.
With his outreach programs, Bishop I. Makamu Ministries Outreach program touches all provinces and outside. Though he is a founder of the church, he receives a salary like any other profession.
His show, which was anticipated to hit the small screens on July 2019. On the show, the Bishop showcases his lavish way of life and moves around with guards.
On the first episode of the show, he was seen on his way to the airport to catch a flight to officiate at a church service in Durban. You are right! Every Sunday, he flies to hold his Sunday service in KZN.
The one many people refused to keep silent on was the ATM (Automated Teller Machine) in his church. In his defense, he asked, “why is it okay for the taverns to have a speed point but people questioned why it’s been used in the church?”.