Fans from all over the world and across the continent of Africa have sent messages of condolences and solidarity to the family of popular preacher, prophet and televangelist, Temitope Balogun Joshua, who was popularly known as TB Joshua. Joshua is said to have passed away on Saturday evening in his home country of Nigeria. It is said that he passed away soon after presenting a show on the television channel that he ran in Nigeria called Emmanuel TV. TB Joshua was also the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which is based in Lagos, Nigeria. No cause of death has been advanced even though the SCOAN released a statement in which it requested the public to give the family time to mourn the preacher and prophet in peace.
TB Joshua became popular for his ability to predict world events, politics, and the economy. His following was mainly in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. He was also in the news about four years ago when one of his buildings collapsed. The multi-story building, which was attached to the church collapsed, killing 115 people, 84 of whom were South African. Two engineers appeared before a high court judge to answer questions about the collapse of the six-story building at the time.
A couple of years ago, the leader of the opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema also traveled to the West African country to seek guidance and advice from the charismatic preacher. The party has issued a statement on the passing of Joshua. In part of its statement, the EFF said, “The EFF sends its heartfelt condolences to the family and worldwide congregants of Synagogue Church of All Nations on the untimely and sad occasion of the passing on of the Man of God, Prophet TB Joshua.”
The controversial televangelist was also in trouble after his YouTube account was closed by the company for violent exorcisms that were posted on the channel. In his response, Joshua requested his followers to help him pray for YouTube. Some of his videos were also taken down from Facebook for the same reasons.