In little more than three months, Baba Jukwa, a faceless Facebook character has overtaken popular preachers Emmanuel Makandiwa and his friend a fellow preacher Uebert Angel.
Makandiwa who at one point filled the giant National Sports Stadium is no equal to the enigmatic cartoon character, who claims to be a disgruntled member of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF.
With more than 120,000 followers on Facebook, Baba Jukwa is in a league of his own.
Makandiwa who has a special team dedicated to shoring up his support on social platforms has only 33,708 followers while Baba Jukwa who appears to churn out Zanu-PF top secrets has almost four times more followers.
Although head and founder of the Spirit Embassy, Uebert Angel has a strong 80,847 fan base he still trails behind Baba Jukwa notwithstanding the fact that he has a television channel that is dedicated to his sermons and a huge following that goes beyond the county’s borders including in countries such as South Africa and Botswana.
Another popular preacher, prophet Passion of the Kingdom Embassy has 1,975 followers while some notable churchmen such as Ezekiel Guti, whose church is found across the globe have a very small following on social networks.
But it is not only churchmen who leg behind in terms of following on social networks, politicians such as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are no match to Baba Jukwa.
The Facebook character is beating celebrities as well, such as Pokello Nare who has 13 840 followers backing their participation at the on-going TV reality show series together with Hakeem Mandaza who has a mere 290 followers.
Techno-savvy cabinet ministers, such as the minister of Information, Communication and Technology Nelson Chamisa; Youth and Empowerment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere; and the leader of the smaller MDC formation, Industry and Commerce Minister Welshman Ncube, pale in terms of popularity with the mysterious figure.
Chamisa has 2,561 followers, with Kasukuwere recording 1,801. While Ncube has south of 4,000 followers.