A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist TB Joshua, one of Africa’s most influential evangelists with top politicians among his followers, has died at the age of 57.
A post on his Facebook page, which has more than five million followers, said: “God has taken His servant”.
The founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) was said to have died on Saturday shortly after conducting a live broadcast, but the cause of his death has not been made public.
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for, and died for,” the church’s statement partly read.
The statement caped- PROPHET TB JOSHUA – JUNE 12th 1963 to JUNE 5th 2021 read : “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. – Amos 3:7
“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.
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.
“As Prophet TB Joshua says, The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it.
“Prophet TB Joshua leaves a legacy of service and sacrifice to God’s Kingdom that is living for generations yet unborn.
“The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family.”
Temitope Balogun Joshua was the founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations. He was one of Nigeria’s most popular televangelists but was perhaps the least flamboyant of his peers.
His rise to prominence in the late 1990s coincided with the explosion of “miracle” programmes performed on national TV by various pastors.
TB Joshua was often mocked for lacking the finesse of his colleagues during “deliverance” sessions – an intense prayer that resembles exorcism.
His ministry professed to heal all manner of illnesses including HIV/Aids and attracted people from all over the world.
Known as the “Prophet” by his followers, he ran the Christian television station Emmanuel TV and often toured Africa, the US, the UK and South America.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the preacher, widely referred to as Prophet TB Joshua by his followers.
TB Joshua was someone who actually touched the lives of many poor people.
Unlike many others, He was one pastor who actually reached out to poor people and always tried to help them.
Tens of thousands of people have attended his weekly services in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos.
But his teachings and practises were somewhat controversial.
In April, YouTube suspended his account due to allegations of hate speech after a rights body filed a complaint over videos showing the preacher conducting prayers to “cure” gay people.
Facebook also removed at least one post showing a woman being slapped while Joshua said he was casting out a “demonic spirit”.
In 2014, one of his churches collapsed, killing at least 116 people, including many South Africans.
A coroner in a Lagos court said “the church was culpable because of criminal negligence”, but he never faced any charges.