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Taribo West: Meet The Famous Defender Who Became A Pastor

Taribo West is a prominent Nigerian defender who was a member of the Nigerian Olympic team that won the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. In his playing days, he was a superb defensive midfielder, who was also noted for his brightly colored haircuts.

It was at the 1996 Olympics that he demonstrated his superior defensive ability by keeping the Nigerian defense safe against players such as De Lima Ronaldo, Diego Simeon, and Roberto Carlos. This encouraged several major European teams to pursue his services until he chose Inter Milan, where he played with players such as Diego Simeone and Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima.

West became the first African to win a European Cup when he led the Inter Milan defense line to victory in the UEFA Cup final, which he said was the result of rituals he did with his herbalist in Nigeria.

In 2015, when Taribo was asked if he had ever used any fetish items during his time as a professional defender, he responded emphatically with a simple yes.

He described himself as follows:

The answer is, "Of sure, I don't understand why individuals are reluctant to talk about their engagement with charms."

As a kid growing up, I used to collect charms and have them made by (traditional physicians) for my friends and I to go to (national) camp with us when we were away from home. It worked part of the time, and it didn't work other times.

Nevertheless, Taribo, according to an article published by THE CABLE, disclosed that he abandoned his previous lifestyle and converted to Christianity after being acquainted with a female preacher who guided him to Christ. Since then, the former Super Eagles player has made a name for himself as the creator of the Shelter in the Storm Miracle Ministries of All Nation.

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