(Temitope Balogun)TBJoshua, popular Nigerian televangelist and founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has died, according to iDO GH News.
TB Joshua, as he was affectionately known, died on Saturday, June 5, one week before his 58th birthday.
According to media reports in Nigeria, he died shortly after completing a program at his church.
He was preaching to his congregation about “healing, deliverance, and salvation.”
The cause of his death is unknown.
TB Joshua was well-known in Africa and Latin America, as well as for his social media presence, which included 3,500,000 Facebook fans.
Before it was suspended, his YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 1,000,000 subscribers and was the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the platform.
He has been dubbed the “Oprah of Evangelism” and “YouTube’s Most Popular Pastor.”
He has received numerous honors, including being named an Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian government in 2008 and being named Yoruba Man of the Decade by Pan-Yoruba media outlet Irohin-Odua.
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Pan-African magazines The Africa Report and New African Magazine named him one of Africa’s 50 most influential people.
According to Forbes, TB Joshua was Nigeria’s third-richest pastor in 2011, though the church quickly denied the claim in a statement.
He is well-known for being divisive, and he was even ‘blacklisted’ by the Cameroonian government in 2010.
In 2020, TB Joshua predicted that the coronavirus pandemic would end in Wuhan, China on March 27, the same year, a prediction that he said was misinterpreted as the end of the pandemic worldwide.
Many people around the world mocked him, but he came out strongly to clarify the prophecy.