TB Joshua: Influential Nigerian preacher dies at 57

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Publish Date : 2021-06-06

TB Joshua: Influential Nigerian preacher dies at 57

Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, one of Africa's most influential evangelists, 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".

Reports said he died on Saturday shortly after conducting a live broadcast, but the cause of his death has not been made public.

Tens of thousands would attend his services, with top politicians from across Africa among his followers.

But his teachings and practises were also 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 TB Joshua said he was casting out a "demonic spirit".Who was TB Joshua?
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.

Tens of thousands of people have attended his weekly services in Nigeria'sTB Joshua preached across the world
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.

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.A prediction by influential Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidential election has been removed from his Facebook account.

Mr Joshua told his congregation on Sunday that he "saw" a woman winning.

After Donald Trump convincingly won Tuesday's vote, visitors to the preacher's Facebook page noticed the prophecy had been removed.

The wealthy pastor is known as "the prophet" to his many followers.

He is one of Nigeria's best-known and influential evangelists - and is popular across Africa, with many top politicians among his flock.

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The US election prediction was broadcast on 
Mr Joshua's TV channel Emmanuel TV, 
which an individual uploaded to YouTube.
A section of that "prophecy" was posted on the preacher's 
Facebook page but is no longer available.

"Ten days ago I saw the president of America with a narrow win... What I frankly saw was a woman," it said.

People have also taken to a Facebook entry he posted on Wednesday to complain.

Clive Mashiri from South Africa asked: "Why was the prophecy deleted? If this was uttered by the man of God, why remove it?"

Though some have defended him.

"I will always believe in your prophesies, through thick and thin," said South African Gugu Mathonsi.

Many people believe TB Joshua has supernatural powers, which include healing and prophecy.

Ghana's late President John Atta Mills said in a speech at TB Joshua's thanksgiving service after winning an election in 2008 that he had consulted the preacher through his campaign.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli and Malawi's former leader Joyce Banda have also paid homage to him in the past.

The church building that collapsed in Lagos last week, killing dozens of people, was owned by one of Nigeria's best-known evangelists, TB Joshua. The BBC's Tomi Oladipo profiles the popular preacher who has claimed to perform miracles, including curing blindness and people with HIV.

From a country littered with burgeoning churches, Temitope Balogun Joshua, or TB Joshua, as he's known, is one of the biggest exports of Nigerian charismatic Christianity.

Prophet Joshua was born to a poor family on 12 June 1963, claiming to have been in his mother's womb for 15 months.

Later in life he claims to have seen a vision in which popular biblical figures commissioned him to preach and perform miracles. It was then that he started The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), with eight members.

Rush for anointing water
Today, like other popular Nigerian preachers or "men of God", TB Joshua is wealthy, influential and highly revered for the office he holds.

People come from around the world to the SCOAN headquarters in the Ikotun district in Lagos to seek healing and to witness prophecies.

When the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa, the Lagos State government, recognising the vast reach and influence of this preacher, asked that no victims of the disease be brought to the church for healing so that there was no threat to other members of the congregation.

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