Oil on canvas. 2018.
O Yemi : "Most of my recent paintings are about political and social issues around the world. My concern about these issues influences me to do most of my recent paintings."
I am concerned about African colonial masters robbing African people through their evil practices. This painting is about African religious leaders holding up and robbing African people using the Holy Bible as their weapon of armed robbery. Hence the painting is titled "The Robbery Revival.”
"It is written", he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’ (Matthew. 21:13)
Many Africans are very religious Christians and are devoted to God Almighty. They have strong belief that God is the solution to every problem and this strong belief makes them easy prey to false religious leaders, both men and women. For example : "Archbishop U. K. Sterling and Rev. (Mrs) Easy Money are using the Bible to rob my fellow Africans of their God-given resources. Africans longing to be free from poverty, will do anything and this leads some of them to the den of ferocious blood-sucking prosperity preachers. Lord Jesus Christ while physically on earth didn't collect money from his followers. He fed them freely and healed them freely. Many missionaries left Europe and America to win souls for God around the world. The 19th Century explorer David Livingstone’s cry was "Lord, give me the souls of Africans" He served God and African people and died in Africa. The modern day prosperity preachers are not after the souls of Africans; they are after the wealth of Africans. They are not soul winners but cash winners.
At the background of the painting is a banner which is one of the mediums that prosperity preachers use to advertise their business. In it the artist uses the currencies of some nations to name these prosperity preachers. In the middle ground are their prey and in the foreground is one of the prosperity preachers and the Tithe Box. The artist puts a bandit’s mask on the face of the property preacher for two reasons. First to show him as the robber that he is really is, and second to show that he puts on the mask of “The man of God” to hide who he is really - the Holy Bible says he is - “A wolf in the sheep cloth”.
The artist of this painting is a Christian. The aim of the artist is to admonish people not to follow fake men and women of God. They should read the Bible to know the truth and the truth will set them free."