“In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of ankle-bracelets, and the headbands, and the crescents, the pendants, and the bracelets, and the veils; the headdresses, and the leg ornaments, and the sashes, and the houses of the soul, and the amulets; the rings and nose jewels.” (Isaiah 3:18-21).

Many rich and privileged women totter into fashion, but it takes a profound and perceptive one to mirror the depth of current trends to the world. These, incidentally, are traits that Siju Iluyomade has mastered. Not only does she possess the verve and charisma needed to dictate the pace of fashion, she has metamorphosed into an ambassador of modern Christianity.

The wife of Pastor Idowu Iluyomade of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos, is not just a pastor’s wife. She lives her life like a queen, always dressed in Gucci, Zagliani, Hermes and Marc Jacobs products. For her, Christianity has evolved beyond conservative dress. Among other pastors’ wives in Nigeria, she reigns as the queen of style and fashion.

Although she is a pastor’s wife, she remains the essence of glamour, elegance and unrestrained aura. City of David, arguably one of the richest RCCG parishes in Nigeria, is filled with elegant women who appear in church in elegant and immaculate dresses. But they mostly pale into insignificance compared to the flamboyance of their pastor’s wife. Her pretty face looks more like a work of art. She drives the best of cars and wears the most expensive of accessories.

Heads turn each Sunday when she steps into church in appreciation of her beauty, while some ladies are simply green with envy. Her jewellery twinkle with carats of diamonds and gem stones and cause the hearts of many to overflow with longing.

The Nation

April 30, 2016

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