TB Joshua, a well-known Nigerian evangelical pastor, died on Sunday, according to his church.
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will,” said a statement on the TB Joshua Ministries Facebook page. His final hours on earth were spent in God’s service. This is what he was created for, what he lived for, and what he died for.”
One of Africa’s most powerful preachers, with a large following on TV and social media, is the founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch in Lagos.
“There is enough time for everything, including coming here for prayer and returning home after the service.” according to Prophet TB Joshua, who spoke at the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
“Prophet TB Joshua has left a legacy of devotion and sacrifice to God’s Kingdom that will go on for future generations. The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers, and concern at this time, and asked that the family be given some privacy,” the statement continued.
According to Forbes, TB Joshua, also known as “the man of God” or “the Prophet,” was worth several million dollars and was known for his “miracles” and “resurrections.”
Before it was suspended, his YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 1,000,000 subscribers and was the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the platform. He was dubbed the “Oprah of Evangelism” and “YouTube’s most popular Pastor.”
He received numerous honors, including the Nigerian government’s Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2008 and being named Yoruba Man of the Decade by Pan-Yoruba media source Irohin-Odua. Pan-African periodicals The Africa Report and New African Magazine named him one of Africa’s 50 most influential persons.
According to Forbes, Joshua was Nigeria’s third-richest pastor in 2011, though the church quickly refuted the report in a statement. He was well-known for being controversial, and the government of Cameroon even put him on a ‘blacklist’ in 2010.
According to Joshua’s official biography, he was born under extraordinary circumstances. He stated he spent 15 months in his mother’s womb and almost escaped death seven days after his birth when a quarry explosion near his home blew rocks through the roof. Joshua’s birth was likewise said to have been ‘prophesied’ 100 years before his birth.
Between 1971 and 1977, Joshua, then known as Balogun Francis, attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arigidi Akoko, Nigeria, but only completed one year of secondary school. Because of his devotion to the Bible, he was dubbed “little preacher” in school. After finishing school, he worked in a variety of part-time jobs, including hauling chicken excrement at a poultry farm. During this time, he organized Bible lessons for local youngsters and attended evening school. Joshua intended to join the Nigerian military but was foiled when his train broke down en way to the military academy, leaving him stranded. He died in his house on June 5th.