Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua is one of the biggest pastors in Africa and founder of the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN). The SCOAN is a Christian organisation that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos. Prophet T. B Joshua is a pastor, televangelist and philanthropist with more than 3 million followers on Facebook and 1 million on YouTube.
Today, we’ll be sharing Prophet T. B Joshua’s biography, age, family, early life, education, businesses, controversy, net worth and all you need to know. Before we proceed, let’s have a quick run down on Prophet T. B Joshua’s profile.
Prophet T. B Joshua Profile
This is a quick run down on T. B Joshua’s profile and a few things you should know about him:
Full Name: Temitope Balogun Joshua
Other Names: T. B. Joshua
Date of Birth: 12th of June, 1963
Occupation: Pastor, Televangelist, Author
Spouse: Evelyn Joshua
Children (three): Serah Joshua, Promise Joshua
Net Worth: $20 million
Prophet T. B Joshua Biography And Early Life
According to Prophet T. B Joshua’s official biography, his birth was surrounded by certain unusual circumstances. According to the source, he spent fifteen months in his mother’s womb and narrowly escaped death after a quarry explosion occurred near his house just seven days after his birth.
In his ques to spread the gospel, he organised Bible studies for local children and attended evening school during this period. T. B Joshua attempted joining the Nigerian military but was thwarted due to a breakdown of the train en route to the military academy which left him stranded.Prophet T. B Joshua is married to Evelyn Joshua and they have three kids :- Serah Joshua, Promise Joshua and a son together.
The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)
The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) is a church founded by Prophet T. B Joshua with its headquarters in Lagos and only branch in Ghana. According to him, he started the ministry after receiving a divine anointing and covenant from in a heavenly vision.
The SCOAN has been described as ‘the most visited destination by religious tourists in West Africa‘ and ‘Nigeria’s biggest tourist attraction‘ because of the huge number of foreign visitors it attracts annually.
A report also released by This Day newspapers stated that about ‘two million local and inbound tourists’ visit The SCOAN annually. In fact, SCOAN’s popularity has contributed to an increase in flight routes from several African countries to Lagos in 2013.
SCOAN’s Potential Relocation To Israel
Some time ago, Prophet T. B Joshua during a Sunday service hinted at the possibility of relocating his ministry to Israel. The announcement was however proved controversial with several prominent Nigerians who urged him to remain in the country.
This was because of the major role the cleric is playing in the Nigeria’s tourism sector and the setbacks his absence would cause.
Personal life and death
Joshua was married to Evelyn Joshua and had three children. He died on 5 June 2021 after one of his evening services in Lagos, Nigeria. He was aged 57.
SCOAN claims that Joshua has successfully predicted events in the lives of individuals who attend his church services as well as worldwide events, including a purported prophecy of Michael Jackson’s death, and the outcome of two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final matches, which were won by Zambia and Nigeria respectively. He has been voted by the public among the most famous prophets.
His prophecy about the impending death of an African president was widely reported in African press. Joshua’s followers believe the prophecy concerned the former president of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika who died in 2012, aged 78.
False rumors spread using Joshua’s name are known to have caused widespread panic in communities, affected sporting events, music concerts and led people to stop using social networks.
When Hamza Al-Mustapha, the Chief Security Officer of former Nigerian President Sani Abacha, was released after eleven years of imprisonment, his first port of call was to Joshua’s church in acknowledgement of a ‘prophecy’ the cleric allegedly gave him when Abacha was still in power.
Critics argue that Joshua’s predictions are too vague.
Alleged MH370 prophecy
SCOAN released a video claiming that TB Joshua predicted the Malaysia Airlines MH370 event. The prophecy received a lot of attention on social media and its accompanying YouTube video amassed over 1 million views.
Several terrorist attacks perpetrated by ISIS, Al-Qaeda affiliates and Al-Shabaab militants have allegedly been predicted by Joshua, including the November 2015 Paris attacks, the Garissa University College attack in Kenya, the Ouagadougou hotel siege in Burkina Faso and the 2016 Brussels Bombings. It is also claimed that he predicted the Boston bombing attacks in America.
Ghana terror attack
Joshua’s alleged prophecy in April 2016 that an impending terror attack would befall Ghana made national headlines in the West African nation and led the national police to issue a statement calling for the general public to be calm and vigilant. 600 foreigners reportedly cancelled their visits to Ghana in the wake of the statement. Days later, a captured Malian terrorist confessed that his group had planned to target Ghana.
US election prophecy
Joshua incorrectly predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 US election. After this prophecy failed to materialise, with Donald Trump winning the election, Joshua stated that he was referring to Clinton’s win in the popular vote and any misinterpretation was due to a lack of “spiritual understanding”.
2017 Zimbabwe coup
A video of Joshua predicting “the military” of an undisclosed Southern African nation embarrassing, killing or capturing “a President or Vice-President … or the First Lady of that nation‚” surfaced on social media after the statement, which was made and recorded in August 2014, was interpreted as a prophecy of the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d’état against Robert Mugabe.
Joshua claimed that COVID-19 would disappear globally on March 27th, 2020.
Influence in African politics
A BBC Africa journalist once questioned whether Joshua was “the most powerful man in Africa” due to his alleged influence in the African political sphere.
Days after the late John Atta Mills became President of Ghana in 2009, his first port of call was Joshua’s church for a thanksgiving service where he revealed the cleric had accurately ‘prophesied’ his ascension to power and specific details relating to his narrow victory over Nana Akufo-Addo. Joshua was a regular visitor to Ghana during Mills’ early presidency and allegedly organised prayer warriors to be praying in Osu Castle.
Joshua’s much-publicised prophecy concerning the death of Malawian President Bingu Mutharika garnered intense media attention and was subsequently the subject of a Malawian government inquiry as his successor, Joyce Banda, is a devotee of the cleric. Banda claimed Joshua’s prayers healed her husband after he suffered a stroke and regularly visited Joshua in Nigeria while she was Head of State.
Joshua played the role of a peacemaker in the aftermath of the Tanzanian elections in 2015, visiting the country to meet and hold reconciliatory talks with President John Magufuli – a member of his church – and opposition leader Edward Lowassa. Commentators acknowledged his visit significantly reduced tensions in the country after the elections which the opposition party alleged were fraught with irregularities.
Joshua was a key influence in former Liberian warlord Senator Prince Yormie Johnson’s decision to endorse the candidacy of George Weah for president in the 2017 Liberian elections. His endorsement came days after the two were spotted publicly together in The SCOAN, a visit that caused a media storm in Liberia. Weah’s main opponent and former Vice President, Joseph Boakai, also allegedly requested to visit Joshua in light of the elections. Weah eventually won the election to become Liberia’s 25th President.
In November 2019, Joshua visited South Sudan where he was received by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. He led Mayardit and his cabinet in prayers for peace at the nation’s Presidential Palace in Juba and called on leaders to overcome their differences in a message broadcast on South Sudan’s state television. In February 2020, South Sudan finally formed a unity government with peace brokered between Mayardit and rival leader Riek Machar.
Emmanuel TV, the SCOAN television station, broadcasts 24/7. Its Sunday services are broadcast live. Joshua’s programmes also air weekly on a number of local television stations across Africa. It debuted on DStv and GOtv in November 2015, as well as StarTimes in February 2016. In its profile on Joshua, the BBC described him as “Nigeria’s best known televangelist”.
Emmanuel TV’s motto is ‘Changing lives, changing nations, changing the world.’ The station is also known for its catch-phrase, ‘Distance Is Not A Barrier’, encouraging viewers to ‘pray along’ with T.B. Joshua by ‘touching the screen’. There are several claims of people receiving miraculous ‘healing’ through these prayers, including popular Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh who said Joshua’s prayers ended her 14-year smoking addiction.
Joshua earned a reputation for not focusing on the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ and Emmanuel TV is known as one of the few Christian channels that does not engage in fundraising on air.
Emmanuel TV’s YouTube Channel had over 1,800,000 subscribers and 400 million views, before it was closed in April 2021 after allegations of hate speech. It had been the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the platform.
Google ranked one of Emmanuel TV’s YouTube videos as the fourth most viewed clip ever within Nigeria.
Criticism and controversy
Joshua has many critics and was known to be controversial.
Relationship with other pastors
Joshua has been publicly condemned by several prominent pastors within Nigeria, his most vocal critic being Pastor Chris Okotie who described him as a ‘son of the devil’. The Christian Association of Nigeria and Pentecostal Fellowship Of Nigeria have both acknowledged Joshua is not a member of either organisation and denounced him as an ‘impostor. Enoch Adeboye, David Oyedepo, Ayo Oritsejafor, Paul Adefarasin and Matthew Ashimolowo are among the pastors who publicly denounced Joshua, as did disgraced American megachurch leader Ted Haggard.
Blacklisted in Cameroon
He was ‘blacklisted’ by the government of Cameroon in 2010 and termed a ‘son of the devil’. Rumours of a visit by Joshua to Zimbabwe in 2012 led to an intense national debate, culminating with pastors and politicians strongly objecting.
HIV deaths In London
In 2011, several media houses in UK reported at least three people in London with HIV died after they stopped taking life saving drugs on the advice of their pastors. The HIV prevention charity African Health Policy Network (AHPN) believed that The SCOAN “may” be one of those involved in such practices although the three in question have no demonstrable link to the SCOAN. The BBC quoted The SCOAN as saying “No, we do not ask people to stop taking their medication”.
On 14 September 2015, it was reported that Joshua “secretly purchased a $60 Million Gulfstream G550 Private Jet”. These rumors were dismissed as false by a media aide of Joshua.
Boko Haram confession
A self-confessed member of the Islamic sect Boko Haram came to The SCOAN in March 2014, allegedly with plans to ‘bomb’ the church. According to him, it was Joshua’s prayers that prevented the plan and later compelled him to confess. The subsequent clip of the confession went viral on YouTube and proved very controversial. A group known as the “Movement for Accountability and Good Governance”, has called for the investigation of the incident based on the claims that were made.
Collapse of guesthouse
On 12 September 2014, a guesthouse collapsed in the SCOAN’s premises in Lagos killing at least 115 people, 84 of them South Africans. Controversy has continued to swirl around the circumstances that led to the collapse, with the former Nigerian Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode alleging Nigeria’s intelligence agencies ‘blew up’ the building.
Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper stated that Joshua incorporated a company called Chillon Consultancy Limited in the British Virgin Islands in June 2006, based on reports stemming from the Panama Papers leak. Joshua immediately denied his involvement, stating on Facebook, “I am not a businessman and have no business whatsoever. What God has given me is more than enough.”
Threat by Muslim cleric
A prominent Nigerian Muslim cleric, Sheikh Hussaini Yusuf Mabera, threatened to drag Joshua to court for “describing Jesus Christ as God”.
Prophet T. B Joshua’s Net Worth
Prophet T. B Joshua is one of the biggest pastors in Nigeria and his church records an average of 15,000 visitors weekly. He also has millions of followers on Facebook and YouTube. According to Forbes, Prophet T. B Joshua is estimated to be worth $20 million.