21 Shocking Things Many Don’t Know About Late TB Joshua
The news of the death of the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope Balogun Joshua, widely known as Prophet TB Joshua, broke early hours of Sunday.
Temitope Balogun Joshua commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. He was the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos.
Below are 21 amazing things you probably don’t know about the late preacher:
1· Joshua was born on June 12, 1963
2. He was from Arigidi Akoko, in Akoko North West Area of Ondo State
3. He was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist and philanthropist
4. He was the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations in Lagos Nigeria
5. His megachurch SCOAN, runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos
6. Financial difficulties impeded the completion of his education at St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School, as his parents found it difficult to pay his fees. Nevertheless, his love for the Bible and the Christian life made him stand out among his equals and also earned him the name ‘small pastor’
7. TB Joshua was married to Evelyn Joshua, with whom he had three children
8. He was widely believed by many to be a Prophet. He claimed that he was God’s prophet and that he could predict the future
9. On his SCOAN website, there is a statement that claims that 100 years before he was born, his birth had already been prophesied. The website further claims that after the pastor was born, he narrowly missed death when a stone almost him in the head where he was placed.
10. In 2008 he was awarded the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian government
11. He was known to be controversial and was even ‘blacklisted’ by the government of Cameroon in 2010 and termed a ‘son of the devil’
12. On 12 September 2014, a guesthouse collapsed in the SCOAN’s premises in Lagos, killing at least 115 people, 84 of them were South Africans.
13. Joshua, following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, sent a team of medical personnel and humanitarian workers to the affected area, establishing a field hospital called ‘Clinique Emmanuel’
14. The prophet sent support to nations such as Philippines, India and Ghana in the wake of varying natural disasters
15. TB Joshua funded the building and running of a school in Lahore, Pakistan named ‘Emmanuel School’. He also rebuilt a school in a rural area destroyed by the 2016 Ecuador earthquake, travelling to Ecuador for the opening of the school in June 2017
16. He received the National Honour in 2008 as well as receiving a letter of appreciation from the United Nations
17. In 2009, Joshua started a football club, My People FC. Two members of the team, Sani Emmanuel and Ogenyi Onazi played for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Emmanuel was Nigeria’s top scorer and the tournament’s MVP. Emmanuel and Onazi signed professional contracts with SS Lazio while Onazi went on to become a key player for the Nigerian Senior Team, the Super Eagles
18. TB Joshua was a man of the people. He was loved by many across the globe
19. He was a philanthropist
20. He died on Saturday 5th June 2021 after one of his evening services in Lagos, Nigeria
21. 12. Joshua was aged 57
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