Televangelist, T.B. Joshua is Dead! Read his last words before his death
Temitope Balogun Joshua, a frontline Nigerian 1preacher and televangelist, has died, family sources told Peoples Gazette.
Mr Joshua, the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church, The Gazette learnt from family sources who did not want to be quoted as an official statement was still being prepared. He was 57.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed to The Gazette, but family sources said his remains had been deposited at the morgue and an autopsy would be performed forthwith.
Prophet Joshua reigned for several decades as a fiery preacher on television, using his platform to attract a large number of Christians from across the world. Emmanuel TV, run by Mr Joshua’s SCOAN, is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations, available worldwide via digital and terrestrial switches.
In 2014, his church was at the centre of a multi-national investigation following a section of his church headquarters in Lagos collapsed, leaving dozens killed and many more injured.
Prophet Joshua denied allegations of negligence and a trial over the incident was still underway prior to his demise.
Born in Ondo state, Temitope Balogun Joshua was the founder of The Synagogue Of All Nations (SCOAN), coupled with the Emmanuel TV in Lagos.
Pastor Joshua was even regarded by people as the “Oprah of evangelism” and he also bagged various awards which includes the “Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) which was accorded to him by the Nigerian government back in 2008.
TB Joshua reportedly provided money in the tune of $20m on education, healthcare and rehabilitation programs for ex-Niger Delta militants, and helped restore electricity in 4 councils in Akoko area of Ondo state.
He also provided scholarships for students and financial assistance for Nigerians who attempted to travel to Europe through illegal means from Libya but were later sent back home.
All these and more were TB Joshua’s numerous works but sadly enough, he has passed away at the age of 57, just 7 days before his 58th birthday.
Below is Prophet Joshua’s last words before his death as seen on the ministry’s official Facebook page:
Before his death, Pastor TB Joshua spent his time in the presence of God as he spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting. And his last words were “Watch and pray.”