Renowned for performing miracles, making prophecies, and doing a lot of humanitarian work, TB Joshua is unarguably one of the most well known religious leaders in Africa. Through his work, the Nigerian pastor and televangelist, who is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has impacted the lives of many people across the continent and the world at large, thus attracting millions more to witness and receive from the mighty work that God is doing in his life.
A testament to the popularity of TB Joshua is the fact that he has the honor of being YouTube’s most popular Pastor. His channel, Emmanuel TV, has over one million YouTube subscribers and is the most viewed Christian ministry on the video-sharing platform. He further operates one of the world’s largest Christian television networks, Emmanuel TV.
Born Temitope Balogun on June 12, 1963, Johsua’s birth according to his biography was surrounded with unusual circumstances that saw him spend 15 months in the womb of his mother among other things.
His journey to becoming a servant of God later begun when he was nicknamed “small pastor” in secondary school because of his affection for the Bible. He was later known for organizing bible studies for children in his area. By 1987, the young boy would go-ahead to launch his own ministry, when according to him, he had a call from God who asked him to start the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
Today the church has more than fifty thousand (50,000) visitors annually. It was reported that SCOAN attracts more weekly visitors than the combined number of people that visit Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. The Nigerian Immigration Service further reports that six out of every ten foreign visitors coming into Nigeria are going to SCOAN.
Wife and Children
TB Joshua’s wife is Evelyn Joshua, with whom he has three children. Evelyn is a minister in SCOAN and is believed to be the second most powerful person in the ministry.
The eldest of the couple’s children, Serah Joshua, finished from the London School of Economics, Department of Law. She was called to bar in Nigeria in December 2015, a year after which she was again called to bar in New York, USA. Promise Joshua, the Joshuas second daughter, is studying Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics. Not much is known about their third child.
Notable Prophesies of TB Joshua
As mentioned above, TB Joshua is known for his prophecies that are widely sought after by the public. These prophecies are mostly shown on Emmanuel TV Live, where he preaches and also performs miracles.
Among the most popular prophesies he has made was one that included the death of the late president of Malawi, Bingu Mutharika, as well as the death of Michael Jackson. Other notable prophecies he has allegedly made include the result of two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, the Malaysian Airlines MH370 event, Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks, ISIS and Al-Shabaab militant attacks in Kenya, the 2015 Paris attacks, the 2016 Brussels bombings, and so on.
Another notable prophesy he made was about the 2017 Zimbabwe coup. In a video recorded in 2014, Joshua said that an undisclosed Southern African nation’s president, vice-president or first lady will be embarrassed, killed or captured. This was interpreted as a prophecy against Robert Mugabe.
Other Facts About The Pastor
1. He is Very Influential
Joshua is believed to be one of the most powerful and influential men in Africa because of the amount of influence he has in the political sphere. Directly or indirectly, the man of God has had a hand in the political victories of some of the continent’s biggest leaders, including Ghana’s John Atta, Liberia’s George Weah, Tanzania’s John Mufuli, and Malawi’s Joyce Banda.
2. TB Joshua Does a Significant Amount of Humanitarian Work
Joshua is actively involved in humanitarian activities and youth empowerment schemes. This includes him coming to the aid of victims of natural disasters in Nigeria and elsewhere, providing scholarships, and starting a football team as a part of a youth empowerment scheme, among many other things. Thanks to his work, TB Joshua has been awarded a National Honour by the Nigerian government, as well as a letter of appreciation from the United Nations.
3. He Engages in Exorcism
Another quick fact about him is that he engages in exorcism and is said to have delivered many people from evil spirits. This action has led many to claim that his powers come from other sources other than from God, as others further say that they are not real.