Juanita Bynum, the American televangelist and singer, has come under criticism for asking people to “pay big” to learn how to pray. 

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The author and lecturer is the founder of Juanita Bynum International, her ministry, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States.

The televangelist recently announced a programme themed ‘The Prayer Institute’ scheduled to hold in October.

To participate in the programme, the singer asked people to pay $1,499 — which is about N642,860.

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In a blog post, the 63-year-old author said the four-week intensive programme will begin on October 6 and hold every Thursday in the month.

According to the post, registration for the programme originally costs $1,999 –which is about N857,290 — but now goes for $1,499.

Benefits of the programme, according to the post, include “two-hour intensive (7 sessions), Q & A (at the end of each intensive), the prayer institute tote bag, and the prayer institute binder.”

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Others are “exclusive prayer institute journal, the prayer institute certificate, mantling of a full prayer shawl by Dr. Bynum, and sacred anointing oil”.

Further checks on the website by TheCable Lifestyle show Bynum charges for other prayer-related items such as sacred prayer kits and 5 am prayer T-shirts which cost $133 and $15 respectively.

Her registration fee for the forthcoming programme has sparked a wave of backlash on Twitter.

Several users called out the televangelist for “selling” what should be free.

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Here are what some people had to say:

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