By: Izunna Okafor
It was a mourning Saturday, as the Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope Joshua, popularly known as Prophet TB Joshua, died.
According to reports, Joshua reportedly died yesterday (Saturday) night in Lagos after concluding a programme at his church.
Although the cause of his death was not immediately disclosed, sources too close revealed that he fell ill two days ago. Born on June 12, 1963, plans were underway for his 58th birthday, which was just six days away from the day he died.
His body is believed to have been deposited at General Hospital in Isolo, Lagos.
As at the time of filing this report, the church and his family have not officially announced his death. He was 57.
Prophet TB Joshua’s megachurch runs the popular Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, followed by many Christians worldwide.
The Prophet is famous across Africa, Europe and America. His YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 1,000,000 subscribers and was the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the platform before it was suspended.
He is well known for his controversial prophecies such as the Ghana terror attack, US presidential election, coronavirus and his influence in African politics. He recently predicted Nigeria would remain one despite instability in different parts of the country.
He recently wrote on his Facebook page about plans to celebrate his 58th birthday.
He said, “As things stand, you may have realised it will not be easy for me to celebrate my birthday under the present circumstances. Some of the people who want to come are troubled by the situation all over the world. We see their fear and their worry. I feel their pain; I feel their worry.
“Therefore, let us dedicate this day to prayer and fasting. Don’t forget the needy. By the grace of God, more birthdays are ahead. God bless you! Emmanuel. Jesus is Lord! Happy Birthday.”
On September 12 2014, a guesthouse collapsed in Lagos’s SCOAN premises, killing at least 115 people, 84 of them were South Africans.