Born Temitope Balogun Joshua aka Prophet T.B Joshua is a Nigerian faith healer, a televangelist and of the most influential personalities in continent Africa.
J.B Joshua became a popular messenger of God after being pregnant for fifteen months.
He started his ministry, The Synagogue Church of All Nation with eight members and spread his religious teachings across the world. The ministry which started very small has now grown beyond the soil of Nigeria.
T.B Joshua has published several videos claiming to document the healing of incurable disabilities and illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
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Childhood And Early Life
He was born on June 12, 1963 in the small village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. According to him, unusual circumstances surrounded his birth as he remained for 15 months in his mother’s womb before being born, a much longer time than the normal pregnancy period.
Another remarkable event occurred when he was three days old, as a large boulder crashed through the roof of his house, missing him by a few inches. Therefore his mother named him, ‘Temitope’, meaning, ‘What You (God) have done for me is worthy of thanks’.
From 1971 to 1977, he attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arigidi, Akoko, Nigeria, but failed to complete secondary school education because of poverty. In school, he was known as “small pastor” because of his love for the Bible.
He further gained reputation for spiritual prowess after confronting a madman on the school premises and collecting his weapon from him. He was the leader of ‘Scripture Union’ whilst in school.
Thereafter, he worked for some time washing people’s feet on the muddy streets of Lagos before moving to a poultry farm where he had the demeaning job of carrying chicken waste.
In 1987, he visited a prayer mountain to seek the face of God. There he fasted and prayed for 40 days and 40 nights. He wrote that in a heavenly vision, he received divine anointing and a covenant from God to start his ministry.
Thereafter, he laid the foundation of his ministry organization ‘The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)’.The society has released numerous videos claiming to document the healing of incurable disabilities and illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
He has written and published books such as ‘The Mirror’, ‘The Step Between You And The Cure’, ‘Daily Time With God’ and ‘What The Future Holds
Awards And Achievements
For his consistent humanitarian work, he was conferred with the National Honor of OFR by the Nigerian government in 2008.
He was honored as an ‘Ambassador of Peace’ by the ‘Arewa Youth Forum’, a predominantly Muslim organization, in appreciation of his humanitarian endeavors.
He was recognized as one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by Pan-African magazines ‘The Africa Report’ and ‘New African Magazine’.
Personal Life And Legacy
He is married to Evelyn Joshua and the couple is blessed with three children. His eldest daughter, Serah is a graduate from ‘London School of Economics Law Faculty’.