The Founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, Temitope Joshua, popularly known as Prophet TB Joshua, is dead. Popular Nigerian Evangelist reportedly died on Saturday night in Lagos after concluding a programme at his church. News of his demise became a trend on Twitter in the early hours of Saturday as many Nigerians took turns to mourn the late prophet. The church and his family have not officially announced his death however a source close to the family disclosed the news to the BBC.
The cause of his death was not immediately disclosed, but sources disclosed he fell ill two days ago. His body is believed to have been deposited in the Lagos General Hospital in Isolo.
He is well-known across Africa, Europe, and the United States. Before it was suspended, his YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 1,000,000 followers and was the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the internet.
He is well-known for his disputed forecasts, which include the Ghana terror incident, the US presidential election, the coronavirus, and his political clout in Africa. Despite insecurity in several sections of the country, he recently claimed that Nigeria would remain one.
TB Joshua’s megachurch is the home of the famed Emmanuel TV television station in Lagos, which is watched by millions of Christians throughout the world.
He recently wrote on his Facebook page about plans to celebrate his 58th birthday.
He said, “As things stand, you may have realized it will not be easy for me to celebrate my birthday under the present circumstances. Some of the people who want to come are troubled by the situation all over the world. We see their fear and their worry. I feel their pain; I feel their worry.
“Therefore, let us dedicate this day to prayer and fasting. Don’t forget the needy. By the grace of God, more birthdays are ahead. God bless you! Emmanuel. Jesus is Lord! Happy Birthday.”
On September 12, 2014, a guesthouse collapsed in Lagos’s SCOAN premises, killing at least 115 people, 84 of them were South Africans.