You may recall that back in February 2016, Pastor Anita’s marriage to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy was dissolved in the United Kingdom. And since then, she consistently ran an online portal where she blogs about various issues – www.pastoranita.org
The site was recently shut down for maintenance. Only to come back on with pronounced major changes especially the one that sparked the viral rumours – on her latest blog post titled ‘A Simple Prayer’, Pastor Anita who used to bear Anita Ebhodaghe signed off as Anita Ebhodaghe Schafer
Since that newest post went live, rumors went rife that Pastor Anita has secretly remarried! Well, here is the real gist about Pastor Anita’s name change, according to insiders: It has nothing to do with her marital status.
Upon the dissolution of her marriage, she had opted to revert back to her maiden name Ebhodaghe.
Pastor Anita is the eldest daughter of Mr. John U. Ebhodaghe, OFR, former MD/CEO of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), and a Swiss mother. She has a dual citizenship and is reported to be very close to her Swiss mother who stays in London with her.
According to Kulgists, reverting to Ebhodaghe might have brought up some issues with her PR. She is likely to be concerned with her image as an international online Pastor and may have been advised to use a more “internationally appealing” name.
Who is Schafer?
The next available name was her mother’s Swiss name Schäfer. Putting Schäfer after her paternal name Ebhodaghe makes her Pastor Anita Edhodaghe Schafer. And if the conspiracy theory is true, then we will be seeing just Pastor Anita Schafer, the London-based international pastor.
It is most likely that she may never remarry as she is devoting her time now to full time evangelism and pastoral work. Again, Pastor Anita has not responded to any congratulatory message on her blog post.
But then, the circled comments below from a commenter, Frau Glauben which congratulates Pastor Anita on her new name and saying the ceremony was beautiful point to the possibility that Pastor Anita has truly remarried.