By Babajide Obafemi, Lagos
Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T.B.Joshua, is a Nigerian pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
TB Joshua is also a world acclaimed Prophet and such, his services always attract a huge number of people. While so much has been said about this man of God.
But, the throbbing question, ‘who really is this man Prophet TB Joshua’ continues to linger on.
Well, below are some of the snippets found by News Hub Mag!Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua was born on June 12, 1963 in Arigidi-Akoko, Ondo state.
Findings by News Hub Mag! reveal that TB Joshua went to St. Stephen’s Anglican primary school, but his indigent parents could not pay his fees.
However, his love for the Bible and the Christian life made him stand out among his equals and also earned him the name ‘small pastor’.
As several reports, as well as witnesses, will have it, strange things happened during the time of the birth of the Prophet. One of these events was that unlike the normal 9-month pregnancy, TB Joshua’s pregnancy was for 15 months.
When he left secondary school, he had to do some menial jobs like disposing and recycling chicken waste for farming purposes. Not being in school also gave him time to engage in Christian activities like organizing Bible studies for children. He, however, enrolled in evening school later on.
News Hub Mag! also gathered that when Pastor TB Joshua started his SCOAN ministry, he had a massive followership worldwide. Sooner than expected, he started qhaving branches in Nigeria, Ghana, London, Greece and many other parts of the world.
According to prophet Joshua, his ministry is a directive from God who anointed him. Look at the Church today, it is amazing that the church which started with a few members has grown into a large Christian empire with over thousands of members attending weekly Sunday service.
Through his vibrant ministry, TB Joshua has attracted high-profile worshippers worldwide. He enjoys a cordial relationship with some of the well-known leaders in the world who pay him courtesy calls quite often.
This list includes Ghana’s ex-president, John Atta Mills, former Zimbabwean Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, among others. Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s former wife has also visited the church.
It is not an under statement that among the prominent pastors in Nigeria, TB Joshua is unique because of his philanthropist gesture. No matter how you look at it, TB Joshua is a very charitable man of God.
According to a report released by Forbes, the pastor has given away around $20 million dollars in the last three years alone.
Much of his contributions goes to healthcare, rehabilitation of militants from Niger Delta and education with unending support for security of the nation.
There have been many testimonies testifying to the words of God at SCOAN. TB Joshua is God’s prophet and can predict the future.
Some years back the most famous prediction came in when he claimed that a certain African leader would pass away. Bingu Wa Mutharika, Malawian president died, prompting his followers to say that it was evident the man is indeed a prophet.
In conclusion, TB Joshua is the type who keeps his personal life private. However, the public is well aware that the prophet is happily married to Mrs. Evelyn Joshua, with whom he has three children.
Despite the controversies surrounding the the Prophet, his kids are number one fans of their father’s ministry, as well as his activities.