Man has been trying to find God in different place and through different means. While others search for him to know him, others search him for other things such as miracles, prophecies, or other things that cannot be imagined.
It is for this that people from South Africa to Ghana, Mali and Asia, America and other unknown places, for a long time now, keep trooping Nigeria to find a man who is alleged, knows the exact answers to those questions. The man is Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua.
TB was born Temitope Balogun Joshua on June 12, 1963, in a small village in Ondo State, Nigeria called Arigidi. Like the no ordinary man that the man would become, TB’s birth was not ordinary, as he remained in the womb four six months longer than normal. Also, it has been alleged that 100 years before his birth, prophesy came of the birth.
For his primary education, Joshua attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arigidi-Akoko, where he was nicknamed Francis. After completing his primary education, he proceeded to secondary school, however he had to drop out in his first year because his widow mother could not pay his fees.
After dropping out of school, he picked up some casual jobs. He had at some point attempted joining the army, however it didn’t turn out fine.
TB Joshua’s wife is Evelyn Joshua, with whom he has three children.
Since a very young age, it has been said, Prophet TB showed signs that he was made for the ministry. This began since his primary school days, when although he was among the smallest, he led others in prayers. Also, while he failed in other subjects, he excelled in Christian Religious Studies as a result of his much “consumption” of the bible.
The ministry proper however, began in 1987, when he said he had a call from God, who asked him to start the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN). SCOAN began in the swampy jungle of Agode-Egbe in Lagos state, Nigeria, with eight members. As the population kept increasing, the church kept changing places until its present location in Lagos.
Today the church has more than 15 thousand members and it sees more than fifty thousand visitors annually. The church however has no branches around the world, except in Ghana.
TB Joshua prayers are seen as very effective by both his members and many around the world. Many world leaders including Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, Former Malawian Leader Joyce Banda, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and late Ghana President John Evans Atta Mills had at different times visited the preacher. Others are President Omar Bongo, ex-President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia, Pascal Linssouba of Congo Brazaville and Yormie Johnson, the former Liberian warlord.
TB Joshua Sermons from the church are very much popular online as well as TB Joshua news.
Any TB Joshua prophecy is taken serious by most people. This is because of the reputation the man has built for himself as a prophet. Among the most popular prophesies it was alleged he made include the death of the late president of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, as well as the death of Michael Jackson.
TB Joshua miracles and services are mostly shown on Emmanuel TV Live, where he preaches and makes his prophesies. The TV station has been enjoying wide viewership worldwide. While most people come for miracles directly, others depend on his anointing water for miracle. This water was claimed by a Sierra Leonean politician to have helped in curing and stopping the spread of Ebola in the country
In his ministry which has been graced by celebrities including popular actors and footballers, it is claimed that diseases including HIV/AIDS and cancer have been cured.
While TB Joshua videos which show his miracles and prophesies have amassed many views, they have generated controversies. This is as while others claim his powers come from some sources other than God, others claim they are not real.
Through his years, the popular preacher has been engulfed in various controversies, with the major being the collapse of some part of his building in 2014. The SCOAN guesthouse collapsed in Lagos, killing 115 people including 84 South Africans. The event had him sued.
He has also had issues with various preachers who have claimed his powers are not to be trusted. Such include Nigerian preachers; Chris Okotie, Enoch Adeboye, David Oyedepo and Matthew Ashimolowo among many others.
It was reported in London that in 2011, some people died of HIV after they had stopped taking their drugs as advised by pastors of SCOAN. The church however denied asking them to stop taking their drugs.