In a statement issued Sunday, his church confirmed that TB Joshua, one of Africa’s most influential evangelists, had died at the age of 57.
KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA — Nigerian pastor TB Joshua has died at the age of 57, according to his church. He was one of Africa’s most influential evangelists.
- TB Joshua, an evangelical preacher from Nigeria, has died at age 57.
- Awarded the title “Oprah of evangelism” and “YouTube’s most popular pastor”.
- TB Joshua died at his home on the 5th of June.
- Cameroon’s government had even ‘blacklisted’ him in 2010 because he was controversial.
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TB Joshua Ministries’ Facebook page announced that “God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine decree.” The last moments of his life were spent in God’s service.
His church is one of Nigeria’s most influential megachurches with a large following on TV and social media, The Synagogue Church of All Nations.
TB Joshua, as he’s also known, is said to have said during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting on Saturday 6, 2021, that – “There is a time for everything – a time for coming here to pray and a time to return home.”
”The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers, and concern at this difficult time, and request a period of privacy for Prophet TB Joshua’s family.”
TB Joshua, who was he?
According to Forbes, TB Joshua, often referred to as “the man of God” or “the Prophet”, had a fortune estimated at several million dollars.
Before its suspension, Emmanuel TV was the most-watched Christian ministry on YouTube with over 1,000,000 subscribers.
He is known as “The Oprah of the Gospel” and as “YouTube’s most popular pastor”.
Among other distinctions, the Nigerian government honored him in 2008/9 with the Office of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and Irohin-Odua voted him the Yoruba man of the decade.
His name has appeared in Pan-African magazines The Africa Report and New African Magazine among Africa’s 50 most influential people.
Forbes ranked Joshua as Nigeria’s third-richest pastor as of 2011, although a statement from the church denied the report.
His controversial nature led him to even be blacklisted by the Cameroonian government in 2010.
Joshua’s official biography mentions that, according to him, he spent 15 months in his mother’s womb and narrowly avoided death after a quarry explosion near his home sent rocks through its roof just seven days after he was born.
Between 1971 and 1977, Joshua Balogun Francis attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arigidi Akoko, Nigeria, although he failed to complete a single year of secondary school.
After his schooling ended, he worked at various casual jobs afterwards, including carrying chicken waste at a poultry farm. He was known as a “small pastor” in school because of his love for the Bible.
Joshua had attempted to join the Nigerian military but was unable to do so after a train breakdown left him stranded on the way.
On June 5th, TB Joshua passed away at home.