The leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua popularly known as T.B. Joshua was announced dead on Sunday, 6th, June 2021.
He was reported to have died 5th June 2021 in his home in Lagos shortly after his Saturday night teaching.
The prophet who died exactly a week to his 58th birthday was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist. His church runs the popular Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos.
Here are 10 other things to know about him:
– T.B. Joshua was born on 12 June 1963 in Arigidi Akoko, Ondo State Nigeria. He was married to Evelyn Joshua, and they are blessed with children.
– Joshua was reported to have spent 15 months in his mother’s womb and narrowly avoided death after a quarry explosion near his house sent rocks through its roof just seven days after his birth.
– His birth was alleged ‘prophesied’ 100 years prior.
– He attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arigidi Akoko, Nigeria, between 1971 and 1977 but failed to complete one year of secondary school education.
– Joshua attempted to join the Nigerian military but was thwarted due to a train breakdown that left him stranded en route to the military academy.
– He was widely known across Africa and Latin America and had a large social media presence with 3,500,000 fans on Facebook.
– His YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 1,000,000 YouTube subscribers and was the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the platform before it was suspended in April 2021 after allegations of hate speech.
– He was awarded various accolades, notably receiving the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian government in 2008 and being voted the Yoruba man of the decade by Pan-Yoruba media outlet Irohin-Odua.
– He was called one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by Pan-African magazines The Africa Report and New African Magazine.
– As of 2011, according to Forbes, Joshua was Nigeria’s third-richest pastor, although the claim was immediately denied in a statement by the church.