Joshua Temitope Balogun, born 12 June 1963 was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist. He was the leader and founder of Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian megachurch owners of Emmanuel TV television station, Lagos.
TB Joshua as he is widely called and known across Africa and Latin America and had a large social media presence with 3,000,000 fans on Facebook His Youtube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 1,000,000 subscribers and was the most-viewed Christian ministry on the platform before the channel was suspended by YouTube in 2021 for alleged homophobic hate speech. Joshua was described by media outlets as the “Oprah of Evangelism” and “YouTube’s most popular pastor”
Joshua won several awards of recognition, local and national various accolades, notably receiving the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian government in 2008 and being voted the Yoruba man of the decade by Pan-Yoruba media outlet Irohin-Odua. He was called one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by Pan-African magazines The Africa Report and New African Magazine.
In 2011 the Forbes magazine rated TB Joshua as Nigeria’s third-richest pastor though the claim was immediately denied in a statement by the church. He was a controversial figure, and was officially blacklisted by the government of Cameroon in 2010.
T B Joshua died on Saturday 5 June 2021, few days to his 58th birthday.
It is wailing and tears at the Synagogue church as those whose life had been torched shed tears in unbelief, grief and hopelessness at the news of the great servant of God.
City Trends family, condoles with all aggrieved persons. May his soul rest in the peace of the Lord his maker.
Adieu, Prophet T B Joshua..
He lived among us yet unknown to many, hated by many, joyfully loved by many.
May his soul rest in the perfect peace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Emanuel…. God with us.