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“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Brother Franklin

16 September 2009 4 Comments

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There are three types of people on online: the kind who have never heard of Brother Franklin, the kind who have only seen him out of the corner of their eye once or twice, and the kind who watch his videos as often as possible just for a pick-me-up. The purpose of this post is to turn you into that last person, and as usual you’ll either love me or hate me for it.

First a primer: A few months ago a video of a man with a very special feeling about the Lord blazed across the internet.

Please note that this video was posted in May, so the “Remember The Time” combination towards the end was completely organic and unrelated to Michael Jackson’s passing!

It eventually came to light that the grooviest thing to hit offering time since envelopes with Scripture printed on ’em is Brother Franklin Owino, worshiping at The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Houston, TX. I know you’re tempted to think that this church is in Lagos, Nigeria and you’re kind of right. According to their website, in 1952 a Nigerian man named Pa Akindayomi “had a vision of words that appeared to be written on a blackboard. The words were ‘The Redeemed Christian Church of God,’… Pa Akindayomi who could not read or write was supernaturally able to write these words down.” Today there are branches of the church almost anywhere you’d find Nigerians (which, in my life, is everywhere), and just so you know the congregation may dance its hearts out but worship through dance is not one of the major tenets of the faith. Say what? Don’t tell Brother Franklin that, because his hip-rollin’ is definitely for the Lord. Check him out scootin’ that booty during another offering time as he breaks out his patented pass-out move!

Guard your women and children because Brother Franklin is a loose canon, stylin’ on em like nobody’s business! That dive-roll at 0:47 makes me believe that most of the congregation probably gets sick of his antics, but haters FALL BACK. For the past few months Brother Franklin’s star has quickly risen – he loves the camera and his videos show it, he now has his very own dance troupe, and even gets center stage at other people’s shows. He’s a bona fide YouTube spectacle for the Lord, and personally I can’t stop watching. I’ll leave you with this last video – please pay close attention to his deconstructed robot/ode to 90’s dances. I love this man – he can run a bank scam on me anytime!

4 Comments »

  • Treina said:

    I laughed so hard that I cried. You are wrong for this, Thembi. Now I’m going to be searching for Brother Franklin on YouTube all the time.

  • Luvvie said:

    Brother Franklin gives me LIFE! Everything I’ve ever wanted. First time I saw this vid a coupla months back, I laughed til my throat hurt. The thing is though, every African knows a Bro Franklin who dances inappropriately at public places. I have an uncle just like him. He’s also hilarious.

  • Sophie Sanders said:

    i can say that i miss jacko so much coz i am one of his die hard fans’.*

  • Double Headboard  said:

    i’ve come to think that Michael Jackson was our best pop artist, kanye west is nowhere near jacko.,`

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