Dr. Stella Immanuel recently went viral when a video of her advocating the use of hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19.
Social Media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and others took down the video claiming it contained false information.
Who then, is the 55 year-old Dr Immanuel who has become the new face of global conspiracy about COVID-19?
1. Immanuel Studied Medicine in Nigeria & Has Practiced Medicine in Texas & Louisiana
Immanuel studied medicine at the University of Calabar in Calabar in southeastern Nigeria. Immanuel attended the school between 1984 and 1990. She reportedly completed her residency in pediatrics at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.
2. She Is a Minister of God Who Founded Fire Power Ministries
A lengthy bio on Immanuel’s Details section on Facebook calls the doctor a “prophet of God to the nations.” One sentence in the profile reads, “Her attitude toward demonic forces has been described as cut-throat, a warrior to the core.” Immanuel is also a “wealth transfer coach.” Immanuel believes “you can be saved anointed, fire brand and wealthy too.” The Fire Power Ministry website indicates that Immanuel is a “true daughter of Dr D.K. Olukoya of Mountain of Fire and Miracles ministries.”
3. She Has Previously Advocated for the Use of Hydroxychloroquine & Has Publicly Supported Trump
On July 27, Immanuel’s remarks on the use of hydroxychloroquine went viral and clips of her speaking were shared and retweeted by President Donald Trump as well as Donald Trump Jr. However, Immanuel has been a vocal supporter of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 patients for months now, posting about it frequently on her social media pages.
Immanuel has posted her support for Trump. In the wake of Trump’s acquittal during the 2020 impeachment trial, Immanuel posted a photo of Trump with the caption, “Acquitted.” Trump has been advocating the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus since April 2020.
4. She Has Previously Taken Public Positions Regarding Her Faith & Her Stance Against Homosexuality
The Fire Power Ministries’ website “Beliefs” section states they are against “unmarried couples living together, homosexuality, bestiality, polygamy, etc.”
Immanuel has listed a “Deliverance Prayer against Homosexuality and Sexual Perversion” on her website. She also posted through her Fire Power Ministries Facebook page in December 2016 about her belief that “practicing and celebrating [homosexuality] will take you to hell.”
5. She Is a Mother & Her Daughter Pursued Global Health & Nutrition in University
Immanuel’s daughter, Mima Fondong, is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of Westminster in London. Fondong is based in Houston, Texas. She received a $26,000 scholarship to study in London, where she studied global health and nutrition with a focus on disease prevention and treatment.
During her time at Baylor, Fondong was a contestant in the school’s Miss Green and Gold pageant. She was also the president of the African Student Association, the Baylor Lariat reported.
Immanuel is also the mother of Bernette, who began attending the University of Houston in 2017.
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