Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, one of Africa’s most influential evangelists, has died on Saturday 5 June 2021, at the age of 57. Evelyn Joshua, wife of the late TB Joshua, said he had suffered a stroke just two months ago. Evelyn reportedly said her husband had prayed for three hours before the last service on the mountain and that he showed no sign of illness. She said he was concerned about prayers for Indians against the COVID-19 pandemic. Evelyn also took to social media to express her feelings over the loss of her husband.
A post on his Facebook page, which has more than five million followers, said: “God has taken His servant”.
Tens of thousands would attend his services, with top politicians from across Africa among his followers.
Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the preacher, widely referred to as Prophet TB Joshua by his followers.
TB Joshua Last Words
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.”
Who was TB Joshua?
Temitope Balogun Joshua was the founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations. He was one of Nigeria’s most popular televangelists but was perhaps the least flamboyant of his peers.
Tens of thousands of people have attended his weekly services in Nigeria’s biggest city, Lagos.
His rise to prominence in the late 1990s coincided with the explosion of “miracle” programmes performed on national TV by various pastors.
TB Joshua was often mocked for lacking the finesse of his colleagues during “deliverance” sessions – an intense prayer that resembles exorcism.
His ministry professed to heal all manner of illnesses including HIV/Aids and attracted people from all over the world.
Known as the “Prophet” by his followers, he ran the Christian television station Emmanuel TV and often toured Africa, the US, the UK and South America.
In 2014, one of his churches collapsed, killing at least 116 people, including many South Africans.
A coroner in a Lagos court said “the church was culpable because of criminal negligence”, but he never faced any charges.