Temitope Balogun Joshua, also known as TB Joshua, a frontline Nigerian preacher and televangelist, has died, his church confirmed Sunday morning.
Mr Joshua, the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church,
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.
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for,” his church said in a statement.
TB Joshua’s megachurch runs the popular Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, followed by many Christians worldwide.
Joshua 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.
Former Malawian president Peter Mutharika in 2016 accused Joshua of having used witchcraft to kill his brother, President Bingu Mutharika, who died three days after a ‘prophecy’ by Joshua.
“Let me tell you Joshua … you will fail. What you did in 2012 will not happen again this year,” Mutharika was quoted and saying after Joshua predicted that another Southern African president was near death. – The Gazette, Sahara Reporters, Nyasha Times