TB Joshua, the prominent Nigerian televangelist, and the founder of Emmanuel TV has died. He was 57
Prophet T.B. Joshua as he was popularly called, was the founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN). He reportedly died barely hours after presiding over a program at his Lagos-based megachurch on Saturday. SCOAN plays host to dozens of international guests, and local celebrities, who visit the worship center for prayers. The cause of his death has not been made public.
“On Saturday 5th June 2021, Prophet TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything — time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service,” T.B. Joshua Ministries wrote in a Facebook post.
Joshua rose to prominence in Africa in the 1990s, amassing many followers for himself who would flock to his services in Lagos, Nigeria, and from all over the world.
Joshua claimed to have had heavenly visions of God, prompting him to start his own church The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in 1987.
He ran the Christian television station Emmanuel TV and regularly traveled across Africa, the US, the UK and South America for speaking tours. Joshua’s Emmanuel TV airs in Africa on DSTV, a satellite service owned by South African firm MultiChoice.
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In 2011, Joshua was listed by Forbes as the third-richest pastor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of between $10 – $15 million. His church, SCOAN, however, denied the claims.
T.B Joushua have lovers and critics in equal proportion. Nigerian commentators lamented his sudden death, citing humanitarian and charity work that his ministry reportedly did across Africa.
Joshua’s YouTube channel was deactivated in April after he posted videos claiming to ‘cure’ gay members of his congregation of their sexuality. Rights group reported the channel to the Google-owned video streaming site, alleging hate speech.
Joshua’s YouTube channel had as many as 1.8 million subscribers before its closure.
In 2014, a building on SCOAN’s premises collapsed, killing more than 100 people — most of whom were foreigners from South Africa. A coroner in a Lagos court said at the time that “the church was culpable because of criminal negligence”, but Joshua never faced any charges.
The TV evangelist would have turned 58 years on Saturday June 12, 2021.
T.B Joushua is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and their three children.