Born In: Cameroon
Born In: Cameroon
Cameroonian-American physician and pastor Stella Immanuel became a household name in the US when a video of hers, stating hydroxychloroquine could cure COVID-19 and that face masks were not needed to protect oneself from the disease, became viral and was retweeted by many, including President Donald Trump. She faced a lot of criticism for spreading misinformation, as there is no proof that hydroxychloroquine can treat COVID-19. Her video was eventually removed by major social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. She is also the founder of the religious organization Fire Power Ministries and has often claimed that gynecological illnesses are caused by sex dreams and demon sperm. She claims to have a medical degree from Nigeria and has a medical license in pediatrics and emergency medicine from the Texas Medical Board. She is also an author and a single parent of 3 daughters.
Also Known As: Stella Gwandiku-Ambe Immanuel, Stella Gwandiku-Tita, Stella Gwandiku Fondong
children: Mima Fondong
Born Country: Cameroon
Notable Alumni: University Of Calabar
education: University Of Calabar
Stella Gwandiku-Ambe Immanuel, better known as Stella Immanuel, was born in Cameroon in 1965. She studied at the Cameroon Protestant College.
She received her medical degree from Nigeria’s University of Calabar in 1990. She moved to the US in 1992 and settled there permanently, finishing her pediatric residency at New York’s Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.
Stella Immanuel initially worked at a pediatric clinic in Louisiana and then at the Southern Pediatric Clinic in Alexandria, Louisiana. In 1999, she began working at the General Pediatric Care Clinic. She also owned Louisiana’s Rapha Medical and Therapeutic Clinic.
She also calls herself a wealth transfer coach. A pastor, too, she established the religious organization Fire Power Ministries in 2002 and has hosted the show Fire Power. Her website claims she now works at Houston’s Rehoboth Medical Center.
The video in question was later removed by YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter for spreading misinformation about the deadly disease. However, by then, it had already been viewed by millions and shared by thousands.
The viral video did not just feature Immanuel but also showed a group of people wearing white lab coats. The group called themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” and were gathered at a press conference in front of the US Supreme Court Building. The gathering was termed “White Coat Summit” by them. The conference was broadcast live by conservative media outlet Breitbart and became the second-most popular video on Facebook within hours, earning 14 million views.
The video, itself, was apparently funded by the Tea Party Patriots. The video also included ophthalmologist and bitcoin investor James Todaro and Los Angeles-based doctor and lawyer Simone Gold.
Immanuel’s viral video was later shared by popstar Madonna, too. However, after Instagram blurred the video and flagged it as “false information,” Madonna deleted the post. Donald Trump Jr. claimed the video was a “must watch” but got temporarily suspended by Twitter for spreading false information.
Stella Immanuel was later fined and had to go through corrective action by the Texas Medical Board. She eventually sued CNN and journalist Anderson Cooper for defaming her but lost the case.
She later released the book Let America Live, Exposing the Hidden Agenda Behind the 2020 Pandemic: My Journey, which showcased her take on the COVID-19 controversy. She blamed left-wing media outlets of ripping her apart because of their agenda-driven campaigns.
Immanuel claims she is single but has also stated she has 3 daughters. One of her daughters, Mima Fondong, is a graduate of Baylor University and London’s University of Westminster.
While Stella Immanuel claimed face masks were not required to contain COVID-19, she was seen wearing an N95 mask in a video on her clinic’s Facebook page and even asked visitors to her clinic to cover their faces.
In spite of the COVID-19 controversy, Stella Immanuel’s Facebook page boasts of 44 thousand followers. Her Twitter bio describes her as “God’s battle axe and weapon of war.”
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