T. B. Joshua Biography & Net Worth
Birthday: June 12, 1963
Famous: Philanthropists Spiritual & Religious Leaders
Also Known As: Temitope Balogun Joshua
Sun Sign: Gemini
Born In: Arigidi, Nigeria
Famous As: Televangelist And Faith Healer
Spouse -: Evelyn Joshua
Children: Promise Joshua, Serah Joshua
Founder/Co-Founder: The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN)
Net Worth: $10 Million As Of May 26, 2017
Temitope Balogun Joshua, also known as TB Joshua is a Nigerian born televangelist and faith healer; he is one of the most influential personalities in Africa. Believed to have been born after being in his mother’s womb for 15 months and also having survived a near-death accident as an infant, he rose to become a self-proclaimed spiritual messenger of the almighty.
Obedient to the divine call, he started a ministry with a mere eight members, of which he currently serves as the General Overseer.
He is the leader and founder of the ministry organization ‘The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)’ which spreads his religious teachings and messages around the world. The ministry started very small, but has now grown far beyond the shores of Nigeria.
The organization also runs a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV, and has gathered a large following over the years across the globe. He is also a notable humanitarian, providing aid to minorities and the underprivileged. Today, as a man of faith, he is both a representative of God and of people. He has published numerous videos claiming to document the healing of incurable disabilities and illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. He is considered to be one of those who have submitted to the will of God and embrace every act of the almighty with love and respect.
The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)
Joshua wrote that in a heavenly vision he had received divine anointing and a covenant from God to start his ministry.Following this, Joshua founded the ministry organisation The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN). According to the organisation, more than 15,000 members attend its weekly Sunday service; visitors from outside Nigeria are accommodated in the accommodation blocks constructed at the church.
The Guardian reported that The SCOAN attracts more weekly attendees than the combined number of visitors to Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. The SCOAN’s popular services have also resulted in an enormous boost for local businesses and hoteliers.
Despite Joshua’s popularity, the church only has a branch in Ghana, Joshua stating that “it is not yet time” for him to have branches worldwide as “it will be too much for my character”
TB Joshua Childhood & Early Life
He was born on June 12, 1963 in the small village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. According to him, unusual circumstances surrounded his birth as he remained for 15 months in his mother’s womb before being born, a much longer time than the normal pregnancy period.
Another remarkable event occurred when he was three days old, as a large boulder crashed through the roof of his house, missing him by a few inches. Therefore his mother named him, ‘Temitope’, meaning, ‘What You (God) have done for me is worthy of thanks’.
TB Joshua Education
From 1971 to 1977, he attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arigidi, Akoko, Nigeria, but failed to complete secondary school education because of poverty. In school, he was known as “small pastor” because of his love for the Bible.
He further gained reputation for spiritual prowess after confronting a madman in the school premises and collecting his weapon from him. He was the leader of ‘Scripture Union’ whilst in school.
Thereafter, he worked for some time washing people’s feet on the muddy streets of Lagos before moving to a poultry farm where he had the demeaning job of carrying chicken waste. At the same time, he organized Bible studies with children and attended evening school.
He also tried to be enlisted into the military, an ambition which was aborted by an act of fate, as the train he boarded to attend an interview in the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, developed fault and he was left stranded for six days.
TB Joshua’s Wife, Children, Family
TB Joshua is the type who keeps his personal life private. However, the public is well aware that the prophet is happily married to his wife, Evelyn Joshua, with whom he has three children. Despite the controversies surrounding the prophet, his kids are number one fans of their father’s ministry, as well as his activities.
Evelyn Joshua (Wife of Prophet TB Joshua)
TB Joshua Career
In 1987, he visited a ‘prayer mountain’ to seek the face of God. There, he fasted and prayed for 40 days and 40 nights. He wrote that in a heavenly vision, he received divine anointing and a covenant from God to start his ministry.
Thereafter, he laid the foundation of his ministry organization ‘The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)’.The society has released numerous videos to document the healing of incurable disabilities and illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. The videos have generated thousands of views.
Many people have also been healed through ‘Anointing Water’ that has been prayed over by him and given to those who are unable to physically attend his church in Lagos. His organization has also been in controversy regarding the deliverance of those possessed by evil spirits during its services.
He predicted remarkable events like the Michael Jackson’s death, the attack during Boston marathon in America and the outcome of two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final matches. He also predicted the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH370 several months before the incident.
He has also written and published books such as ‘The Mirror’, ‘The Step Between You And The Cure’, ‘Daily Time With God’ and ‘What The Future Holds’.
Emmanuel TV YouTube channel
Emmanuel TV’s YouTube Channel is one of the most subscribed Christian YouTube channels worldwide and the most subscribed in Nigeria, having amassed over 700,000 subscribers and 300 million views since its inception. Google ranked one of Emmanuel TV’s YouTube videos as the fourth most viewed clip ever within Nigeria.
TB Joshua Influence in African Politics
A BBC Africa journalist once questioned whether Joshua was “the most powerful man in Africa” due to his alleged influence in the African political sphere.
Days after the late John Atta Mills became President of Ghana in 2009, his first port of call was Joshua’s church for a thanksgiving service where he revealed the cleric had accurately ‘prophesied’ his ascension to power and specific details relating to his narrow victory over Nana Akufo-Addo. Joshua was a regular visitor to Ghana during Mill’s early presidency and organised prayer warriors to be praying in Osu Castle.
Joshua’s much-publicised prophecy concerning the death of Malawian President Bingu Mutharika garnered intense media attention and was subsequently the subject of a Malawian government inquiry as his successor, Joyce Banda, is a devotee of the cleric. Banda claimed Joshua’s prayers healed her husband after he suffered a stroke and regularly visited Joshua in Nigeria while she was Head of State.
Joshua played the role of a peacemaker in the aftermath of the Tanzanian elections in 2015, visiting the country to meet and hold reconciliatory talks with President John Magufuli – a member of his church – and opposition leader Edward Lowassa. Commentators acknowledged his visit significantly reduced tensions in the country after the elections which the opposition party were fraught with irregularities.
Joshua was a key influence in former Liberian warlord Senator Prince Yormie Johnson’s decision to endorse the candidacy of George Weah for president in the 2017 Liberian elections. His endorsement came days after the two were spotted publicly together in The SCOAN, a visit that caused a media storm in Liberia. Weah’s main opponent and current Vice President, Joseph Boakai, also requested to visit Joshua in lieu of the elections.
He is the leader and founder of the ministry organization ‘The Synagogue, Church of All Nations’ (SCOAN), which runs a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV, available on satellite and on the internet via the Streaming Faith broadcast portal. His shows are also aired weekly on a number of local television stations across Africa.
TB Joshua Awards & Achievements
For his consistent humanitarian work, he was conferred with the National Honor of OFR by the Nigerian government in 2008.
He was honored as an ‘Ambassador of Peace’ by the ‘Arewa Youth Forum’, a predominantly Muslim organization, in appreciation of his humanitarian endeavors.
He was recognized as one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by Pan-African magazines ‘The Africa Report’ and ‘New African Magazine’.
TB Joshua reveals secret behind his power
He said he could not have succeeded in using demonic powers to deceive foreigners flocking into his church.
Stressing that his mission would not be thriving if it wasn’t from God, he told TheNEWS that: “Right now I am talking to you, there are over 400 foreigners from 10 different countries here. Are these people being deceived, destroyed or killed (as my detractors alleged)? If I have been using occultic power, the congregation here will not increase. If my mission here is not of God, it won’t stand just as Gamaliel said.”
“When people have their problems solved or they have salvation, they tell others,” the prophet added.
Reacting to critics who insist he uses demonic or occult power, Joshua shared from the Act of Apostles thus: “the early Christian preachers were being disturbed by the Pharisees, Sadducees and the High Priests in the Synagogue and the Temple in Jerusalem.
“But among the elderly religious Jews was a man called Gamaliel, a doctor of the law. He quoted the example of Theudas who boasted to be somebody and who attracted over 400 men. He was slain and his followers scattered.
“Gamaliele cited example of Judas of Galilee (not Iscariot) who rose in the days of the taxing. He attracted many people, but he perished while his adherents were dispersed. Those were in the days when Israel was under Roman colonialism.
“Gamaliel, therefore warned the Jewish, elders. ‘Refrain from these men (Christian preachers) and let them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will come to nought. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, yet, haply ye be found to be even to fight against God’ (Acts 5:38-39, King James Version).
“So, if I am not of God, I will not survive this trial. But if I am of God, this trial will not destroy me. Trial is the soil in which faith flourishes. God sees his own people through trial.”
Giving insight into circumstances surrounding his birth, the SCOAN General Overseer stated that he was in his mother’s womb for fourteen months before coming into the world.
His words, “My mother was pregnant in April 1962. After six months, the foetus did not seem to be moving. My mother was taken to a medical doctor and the baby kicked…. the child stopped kicking again. Seven, eight and nine months, there was no kicking. A strange man advised my mother to stop visiting medical doctors. The old man recommended prayers and that my mother should move to a different area entirely.
“After the 14th month, my mother gave birth to me. The information was conveyed to my father in the farm, who became so happy that he threw away his hoe and cutlass, ran home and named me Temitope (my experience requires gratitude to God).”
Joshua further disclosed that over 100 years ago, a certain farmer, hunter and warrior named Balogun Okoorun predicted that a young man shall emerge from his clan, who would be powerful, famous and would have a multitude of followers.
According to him, “Over 100 years back, there was one Balogun Okoorun, a farmer, hunter and warrior who was from Oosin Quarters of Agbaluku, at Arigidi Akoko. The man had prophetic powers.
“He predicted that a section of my town would move from their original place to Imo in the north of Arigidi. That was fulfilled in 1952.
“The second prophesy was about my humble self. He said that a young man would emerge from Oosin quarters, who would be powerful, famous and would have a multitude of followers, as well as that his life and works would explain that the human grace is one, notwithstanding different religions, culture and skin pigmentation.”
TB Joshua Net Worth
T. B Joshua has amassed massive wealth. According to reports released in 2012 by BBC, Joshua is believed to be worth somewhere between $10-15 million, making him one of the richest pastors in the world.
The same figures were also quoted by Forbes when the organization was compiling the list of wealthiest Nigerian pastors. While the source of his wealth is not well documented, it is believed that much of it has come from the sale of products through his SCOAN ministry.
TB Joshua Prophecies and Miracles
Couple prayed for by TB Joshua welcomes baby after 10 years of childlessness
According to a testimony shared by a couple who has been looking for the fruit of the womb for 10 years, they welcomed a baby after Prophet TB Joshua prayed for them. Prophet TB Joshua has been a source of strength and encouragement to a lot of people facing different issues in life.
A man identified as Folajimi Dasho was diagnosed with low sperm count, which led to him trying unsuccessfully to have a child with his wife of 10 years. According to him, his situation caused his first wife to abandon him before he met and married his second wife. Mr Folajimi welcomed his first child after 10 years. He had been advised to go for adoption or stay childless but he refused to accept that as his lot.
This led him to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) through his mother-in-law’s directions. On getting to SCOAN, he was given the ‘morning water’ and prayed for by Prophet TB Joshua. His wife took in soon afterwards.
This baby was born 10 years after her parents got married According to Dasho, he also placed the anointed ‘morning sticker’ on his wife when she was due to welcome her baby, and also gave her the water, causing her to deliver safely.
The couple showed their gratitude while proudly showing off their little daughter. This is awesome!
TB Joshua donates N6m to deportees who returned to Nigeria
“On Friday 17 May 2017, 200 Nigerians who were deported from Libya rushed to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in search of refuge. When Prophet T.B. Joshua, who is currently in Ecuador for the opening of the new school donated by Emmanuel TV, heard of their arrival, he said that they should be attended to the same way as the deportees of the previous week. He instructed that foodstuff and financial support be provided immediately.
Many of the deportees were weak and sick from their difficult episode. They were given a cash gift totaling ₦6 Million alongside two bags of rice and Morning Water to start their lives afresh. Glory be to Jesus Christ! “If you don’t give, you don’t receive.” – Prophet T.B. Joshua”.
The Libyan deportees got N6 million from the founder of SCOAN The deportees were also fed at the church.
The deportees show off the cheques they were given The deportees jubilated after receiving their money The deportees were overcome with joy after they heard what they were getting from the prophet.The deportees were given two bags of rice each The deportees pick up their bags of rice joyfully This is just awesome!
TB Joshua : IN HIS WORDS
In our spiritual walk with the Lord, we have good times and hard times. When the going is good, we say we are in good times. When the going is tough, we say we are experiencing hard times. Remember, life itself is a mission. While we are on the go, we need to stop between steps, to re-focus on the Word and the Will of God. While we are on the go, I mean, while we are on the mission, we need to sometimes stop at intervals to assess our progress and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead.
Certain challenges on our way usually make us stop awhile – I mean, for a moment. When you stop awhile, you are not down. What are these challenges? They could come in the form of sickness, failure, setback, imprisonment, poverty. For instance, if I receive a sack letter from my very lucrative job, there is a natural tendency for me to cry and lament, if I do not view the situation from the maturity that comes from faith. It takes faith to realise that the situation is a mere stopping interval – a short break between two events.
I do not need to go very far to cite or give an example of what I am saying because my experience in life is enough to illustrate this philosophy or principle of life. As we said earlier, many things could cause one to stop between steps. I could still remember vividly when I sat for and passed the entrance examination into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.
I was invited for the interview and I had to board the train from Lagos to Kaduna. Behold, on our journey the train developed some serious faults that kept us in the bush in Jebba for six horrible days with little or no provision. Remember, I was going for an interview that was billed to hold the following day. I was on the railway line in Jebba while the interview was going on in Kaduna and there was nothing I could do to help the situation as I lacked the means to arrange for an alternative way of transporting myself to the venue of the interview, so I missed the whole thing.
This was how the ambition to enlist into the military was aborted by what was obviously an act of fate. Who knows what would have happened if I had successfully attended that interview. I actually felt very bitter I had missed another chance of making it in life.
With a very heavy heart I went to the village to complain to my mother of how so many opportunities had slipped by. Little would I have reasoned that it was one of those stops between steps in my spiritual walk with God until my mother did her best to calm me down, saying: “My son, do not mind the seeming appearance of things as of today. If I am ever confident of any child, you are that child. Do not be afraid of what the future holds for you, because I know if anyone is destined to fail, you are not the one.
So, be patient and you would see what God would do in your life. I am so sure of your future breakthrough, considering the strength of the predictions and prophecies about you even before you were born. I cannot forget so easily what I experienced when I was pregnant with you, and I know God cannot lie. My son, whatever you may be going through today, just take it as a temporary setback, meant to prepare you for the challenges ahead. Don’t forget your name is “Temitope” and, by the grace of God, the whole world shall have the cause to thank God for your sake.”
After this encounter with my mother, I began to look at whatever came my way with a more mature mind whose focus was on God alone. I mean, the maturity that comes from faith in the finished works of our Lord Jesus Christ. My case was already settled in Heaven. Here I am today in your midst; I can boast of what God is doing for us. Hallelujah! You are all witnesses.
In my spiritual walk with God I have experienced both good and hard times. Who knows what would have happened if those temporary stops did not come at intervals. Consider how my education suffered epileptic fits; today I am in school, the next day I am out. Remember, when God is executing His plan in our lives, He also designs and arranges events which continue to unfold until His purpose is revealed. The ups and downs in my education were part of the events that revealed the purpose of God in my life. Remember, the man who is poor is not the man that has no money, but one without a dream. They are suffering that have no dream. They are poor that have no dream.
Before I knew it, I had gone around six different colleges in less than one year. I enrolled for the examinations of JAMB (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) four times and on each occasion it was either I forgot my acknowledgement card and other necessary documents or there was an accident on the way to the exam venues. People who saw what was happening to me simply attributed my predicament to either sin or non-seriousness on my part. But those with the maturity that comes from faith, like my mother, saw it as mere stopping intervals or natural stops in my spiritual walk with God.
In James 4:7, we are told to submit ourselves to God and resist the devil. If we examine carefully our attitudes toward certain situations, we would see how much we willingly submit ourselves to the devil each time we view things with the maturity that comes from the experience rather than of faith. The maturity that comes from experience is based on what is seen, what is heard and what circumstances look like. When your maturity is derived from circumstantial factors other than faith, your level of maturity would continue to fluctuate rather than being stable.
This is why I am enabled to maintain a balance and stable approach to the challenges that come my way every day. I am not moved by what people say or do concerning my relationship with God. I submit myself to His direct will which is good and perfect with no evil in it. Sometimes, God uses foolish things to strengthen our desire for Him.
In Luke 22:32, Jesus said to Peter, “I pray that your faith would not fail”. This means, all men make mistakes but people of God get back up. Certainly we would fall, but with Jesus supporting our position, we would soon get back up.
Life is truly a learning experience! What are the fundamental lessons you have learned from this biographical account of Prophet T.B. Joshua?
TB Joshua reveals relocating ministry to Israel
The man of God revealed that Israeli government offered him both the and facilities – TB Joshua further explained that the relocation would help people appreciate what his ministry has been contributing to the Nigerian economy Controversial Nigerian man of God, Prophet TB Joshua has taken everyone by surprise as he openly declared his intentions to move his ministry to Israel.
TB Joshua made this revelation on Sunday, April 30, in church. He added that the he has been offered both land and facilities in an area around the biblical site of the Sea of Galilee so he can organize meetings for international pilgrims.He said: “This is where my Father in Heaven came from, it’s non-negotiable. It’s the best place for you to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua. After your healing, blessing and deliverance, you can move around all the spiritual monuments which will establish your faith.
This is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africa. That is why I choose to live a lonely life. If you want to see me, come to this church. I don’t go out. It has not been easy because I don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy. TB Joshua in a close door meeting with Israeli officials If you learn T.B. Joshua is not around, I am in a revival. I live in the church here.
I don’t have a house outside. Anytime you pray, remember Africa in prayer. Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa. There are many geniuses in the Western world who are originally from Africa. That is why I choose to live a lonely life. If you want to see me, come to this church. I don’t go out. It has not been easy because I don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy. If you learn T.B. Joshua is not around, I am in a revival.
I live in the church here. I don’t have a house outside.” However, Prophet TB Joshua further revealed saying: “Where you are not celebrated is the best place to stay, to get strength. When you are in the midst of a battle, you are building yourself. That is why I decided to stay where I am not celebrated here in Nigeria.
When the grace of God is amid challenges, it gets stronger. Your life can preach a better sermon than your mouth.” He further released pictures of him having meeting with the Israel officials of his Facebook handle.
He posted the pictures with the caption: Prophet TB Joshua coming out of an helicopter in Israel “Many of you don’t know why I have this passion. I want to pray for people; I want to see people healed and delivered.
I derive joy seeing people free, seeing people laugh! I am just telling you the secret. I derive that joy. If there is anything that gives me joy, that is it! If you are not happy and God uses me to give you happiness that day I will not eat. I am not fasting but I easily forget to eat. I have that joy.
Muslim Cleric Threat
A prominent Nigerian Muslim cleric, Sheikh Hussaini Yusuf Mabera, threatened to drag Joshua to court for “describing Jesus Christ as God”
Quick Facts About TB Joshua
TB Joshua is God’s prophet and that he can predict the future. His latest and most famous prediction came in February of 2012 when he claimed that a certain African leader would pass away. Later that year, Bingu Wa Mutharika, Malawian president died, prompting his followers to say that it was evident the man was indeed a prophet.
On his SCOAN website, there is a statement which claims that 100 years before he was born, his birth has already been prophesied. The website further claims that after the pastor was born, he narrowly missed death when a stone missed hitting him on the head where he was placed.
T.B Joshua is a philanthropist. TB Joshua is very charitable. According to a report released by Forbes, the pastor has given away around $20 million dollars in the last three years alone. Much of his contribution goes to healthcare, rehabilitation of militants from Niger Delta and education.
He has many critics. TB Joshua has seemingly gained what some people would call vocal minority ire. In the list of his fiercest critics are charismatic pastors who, it seems, are directly or indirectly competing with him. While others have not taken a competitive angle when dealing with him, they are, however, quick to point out instances of inconsistencies in his conduct and prophecies. Of late, so many blogs and websites have come up criticising his ministerial work.
10 things you need to know about T.B. Joshua
1. T.B. Joshua was born on 12th June 1963, in the small village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, after reportedly spending 15 months in his mother’s womb.
2. He reportedly attempted to join the Nigerian Army but couldn’t because the train he was travelling in broke down, leaving him stranded en route to the military academy.
3. T.B. Joshua is a father of three children. He is married to Evelyn Joshua. His eldest daughter Serah Joshua is a graduate from the London School of Economics, while the second, Promise Joshua, is currently a student of the same school.
4. He was once named the ‘Yoruba man of the decade’, by IrohinOdua, the first pan-Yoruba news outlet. READ ALSO: Wife of brave police officer who died in the Zenith robbery attack cries out (photos)
5. His TV station, Emmanuel TV, has made his ministry more publicised, drawing more and more foreigners from all around the world to his weekly church services.
6. He is often trailed by controversies mainly due to the nature of sicknesses he has reportedly healed people of and afflictions he has delivered people from. He is also known for his predictions/prophecies.
7. In 2014, a guesthouse collapsed in his church compound, killing about 115 South Africans.
8. Did you know he is also a published author? T.B. Joshua wrote and published such books as The Mirror, The Step Between You And The Cure, Daily Time With God and What The Future Holds.
9. He is a well-known philanthropist. He has been known to give out cash gifts and foodstuff including other material gifts, to the poor and downtrodden who visit his church. A Forbes blogger estimated that TB Joshua has spent about $20 million on charitable activities.
10. He is very popular on social media, as his YouTube channel has over 500,000 subscribers, his Facebook page has over 2.8million likes, while his Twitter has about 177,000 followers as well.
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