T. B Joshua is a renowned Nigerian televangelist and pastor. He is also a self-proclaimed prophet and as such, his services always attract huge number of people. While so much has been said about this man of God, quite a lot is not known about him, something that leaves many people to have diverse opinions about him. But who really is this man Prophet T .B Joshua? Well, here are the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About TB Joshua and His Synagogue Church of All Nations Ministry.
1. T. B Joshua has amassed massive wealth.
According to reports released in 2012 by BBC, Joshua is thought to be very rich. According to the report, he 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 organisation 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.
2. He has high-profile fans worldwide.
The self-proclaimed prophet enjoys a cordial relationship with some of the well-known leaders in the world who pays him courtesy calls quite often. This list includes Ghana’s president John Atta Mills, Nigeria’s first lady Patience Goodluck Jonathan, former Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai among others. Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s former wife has also visited the church.
3. He is a self-proclaimed prophet.
Joshua claims that he 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.
4. He has what he calls ‘anointing water’.
Now in the third manifestation, the anointing water is what holds the SCOAN family together, literally speaking. According to the Church’s faithful, it is believed that the water has powers to cure a myriad of diseases and ailments – from spiritual to physical. Of late, the pastor claims that the anointing water is ‘The Blood Of Jesus Christ’ in a bottle.
5. SCOAN Ministry is international.
Pastor T.B Joshua enjoy massive followership worldwide, with his SCOAN Ministry having branches in Nigeria, Ghana, London, Greece and many other parts of the world. However, the popularity of this church is largely attributed to the large population of Nigerians and Ghanaians worldwide.
6. T.B Joshua is a philanthropist.
On rather a positive note (depending on how you will look at it) T. B 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.
7. 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 prophesies. Of late, so many blogs and websites have come up criticising his ministerial work.
8. He owns a television station.
What makes a televangelist without his or her own TV station? Well, you may be wondering but the pastor owns and runs a TV station headquartered in Lagos. Emmanuel TV is a Christian TV Station that operates twenty four hours a day. The TV Station focuses primarily on the Church’s charitable work as well programming.
9. Joshua claims he spent 15 months in the uterus!
According to his biography, his mother carried him for more than a year before giving birth. 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.
10. Actors and artists in Ghana and Nigeria are his great fans.
The pastor also enjoys a massive followership within the entertainment industry. For example, Tontoh Dikeh claimed that SCOAN Ministry helped her break a 14-year-old smoking habit. Another Nollywood actress also claimed that she got liberated thanks to the ministry. A popular Ghanaian musician called Denise Williams also credits Joshua and his church for freeing him from satanic possession. Jim Iyke and several others are among those that has visited the Synagogue at some point in their career