Temitope Balogun Joshua, born June 12, 1963, popularly known as T. B. Joshua, was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist. He founded and led the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian megachurch headquartered in Lagos, known for operating the Emmanuel TV television station.
|Temitope Balogun Joshua
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|June 12, 1963
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|Pastor Evelyn Joshua
Early Life and Education
Born on June 12, 1963, in Ondo State, Joshua was married to Evelyn Joshua, and they had three daughters.
Claiming to have spent 15 months in his mother’s womb, he narrowly escaped death as a quarry explosion near his house sent rocks through its roof just seven days after his birth.
Followers believed a prophecy about the birth of a man of God from the impoverished neighborhoods of Oosin in Arigidi Akoko, given 100 years earlier, applied to T. B. Joshua.
Widely recognized in Africa and Latin America, Joshua had a substantial social media presence, boasting over 6,000,000 Facebook fans and over 1,000,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV—the most-viewed Christian ministry on the platform.
He earned titles such as the “Oprah of Evangelism” and “YouTube’s most popular pastor.”
Joshua received accolades, including the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2008 from the Nigerian government and the title of Yoruba man of the decade by Irohin-Odua.
He was also named one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by The Africa Report and New African Magazine.
T. B. Joshua Net Worth
T. B. Joshua was estimated to have a net worth of about $60 million during when he was operating as the general overseer of his church.
Prophet T. B. Joshua was married to Pastor Evelyn Joshua, and they have children together. His wife is has now taken the mantle of leadership of his church since his demise.
On June 5, 2021, Joshua passed away after an evening service in Lagos, Nigeria, just a week before his 58th birthday. The cause of death was not disclosed.
In 2024, a posthumous BBC investigation accused T.B. Joshua of raping and abusing followers for nearly two decades, including instances of child abuse within a compound in Lagos, Nigeria.