Malawian pastor buys $125,000 luxury car as birthday gift for 5-year-old daughter

Prophet Bushiri’s daughter in front of her new car

South Africa-based Malawian preacher has bought a new Maserati Levante luxury car for his daughter who is turning five on Christmas day.

The controversial prophet Shepherd Bushiri on Wednesday shared photos of the gift on Instagram and Facebook with a moving message for his daughter Israella Bushiri.

“I always count myself blessed during this time of the year because I get the honor to celebrate, not only one but two God-given gifts in my life. I celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and also the birth of our first daughter, Israella Bushiri.

“It seems like just yesterday when her little palms held my forefinger. It seems like only a while ago when I celebrated that finally I could lift her up and allow her to rest on my shoulders. It’s been a joy and heavens honor to watch her grow from being a baby to being the strong and brave child that she is today. I count myself blessed because not only did she give me a reason to smile but she gave me the opportunity to be called a Dad.

“My sweet little daughter, my pride and joy. May God’s loving-kindness always shine on your beautiful face. I prophesy long life! You shall be great and yours shall be a life that heaven celebrates. Happy birthday my princess!” the wealthy self-named prophet wrote.

The pictures show the little girl posing with a brand-new car decorated with ribbons.

The four-wheeled gift is estimated by South African auto news portal Wheels24 to cost around $125,760 in South Africa. This has sent chills down the spines of social media users who believe it is wrong especially when members of his church cannot afford a three-square meal a day.

Below are some of the reactions.

Church goers kids with their cars and Prophet Bushiri’s daughter with her car

— The Instigator (@AmBlujay) December 21, 2017

also take a good look at the reverend’s car and priests cars, also the president’s, and mp’s car, your friend’s goals also don’t forget your dream car: is there a difference?

— Ivan Baguma (@i_baguma) December 21, 2017

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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