Nigeria televangelist Temitope Balogun Joshua, one of Africa’s most popular televangelists who was known as prophet T.B. Joshua died at 57 on Sunday, June 6, 2021
Many of his followers, including the ruler of his town believe prophet Joshua knew he was going to die.
The ruler of his hometown Oba Yisa Olanipekun told reporters that the preacher had prophesied his departure in his last sermon.
“If you listen to his last preaching two days ago, you will see that he already knew that he is ready to go,” said Oba Yisa.
Though a Nigerian online news portal, Cable News had authoritatively claimed that Joshua suffered a very bad stroke months back and was flown to Turkey for treatment many of Joshua’s followers continue to believe his death had nothing to do with ill health, rather a supernatural even that further buttresses Joshua’s authenticity as a “true man of God.”
It is reported that he walked out of a Saturday night sermon to take a little break but did not return to continue the service.
Those in attendance only became aware of the situation when it took the preacher so long to return.
Upon a search at his apartment, he was found dead at 2 am.
Mr. Joshua was one of Nigeria’s millionaire class of Pentecostal pastors and “spiritual healers.”
Last August, he insisted he had healed people stricken with Covid-19 through a virtual prayer session.
He prayed repeatedly: “By the power of the Holy Ghost, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that affliction — that Covid-19 — be flushed out! Those viruses in their internal organs be flushed out!”
He offered what he said were anointing stickers and anointing water. When the Ebola virus broke out in West Africa eight years ago, he sent 4,000 bottles of holy water to Sierra Leone.
In 2013, four people died at a branch of his church in Ghana and 30 were injured in a stampede after his television channel announced that his anointing water would be given out free.
Dozens died in 2014 when a guesthouse at his headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, collapsed, and church workers initially prevented emergency officials from helping rescue people trapped in the rubble.
Prophet Joshua regularly made prophecies on his Facebook page. In one of these, he said that he saw the winner of the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and that it was a woman. The post was later deleted. Some of his followers jumped to his defense and argued that one wrong prediction shouldn’t be a yardstick for judging his many years of “accurate prophecies.”
In 2011, Forbes said he was the third-wealthiest pastor in Nigeria, with a net worth of $10 million to $15 million.
His death was officially announced through his church’s Facebook page The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on June 6.
“On Saturday 5th June 2021, Prophet TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything — time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service,” T.B. Joshua Ministries wrote in a Facebook post.
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home — as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.”
TB Joshua was popular in many African countries, and in South America where he had held many religious crusades.
Several world leaders led by the Nigerian President mourned the preacher.
In a statement, Buhari said, “he will not only be remembered for his spiritual contributions, but for touching many lives through philanthropic gestures.”