Biography Intro: Prophet T. B. Joshua, is a Nigerian Pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. He is the founder and general overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian organisation that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos.
Name: Temitope Balogun Joshua (T.B. Joshua)
Date Of Birth: June 12th 1963
Place Of Birth: Ondo State, Nigeria
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Balogun Francis
Married To: Evelyn Joshua (m. 1990)
Children: 3 Children
Occupation: Televangelist, Prophet, Philanthropist
Office Address: Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), 1, Segun Irefin Street Ikotun Egbe Lagos, Nigeria
Phone: 0807 767 9597
Career And Professional Activities: Philanthropist
Prophet TB Joshua is known for his popularity across Africa and his online presence with 2,000,000 fans on Facebook and over 400,000 YouTube subscribers. Described as the “Oprah of evangelism” and “YouTube’s most popular Pastor”, Emmanuel TV is Africa’s largest Christian television network.
The SCOAN has been described as “Nigeria’s biggest tourist attraction” and “the most visited destination by religious tourists in West Africa,” with thousands of foreigners flocking to attend the church’s weekly services. Figures released by the Nigerian Immigration Service indicated that six out of every ten foreign travellers coming into Nigeria are bound for The SCOAN, a fact discussed in Zimbabwean parliament when addressing the economic potentials of religious tourism.
This Day newspapers reported that “about two million local and inbound tourists” visit The SCOAN annually. The church’s popularity has led to an increase in flight routes to Lagos from several African countries in 2013.
SCOAN claims regular occurrences of divine miracles. Several hundred Nigerians and international visitors come to the SCOAN each week to register for the prayer lines where the visitors are prayed over by Joshua. SCOAN has published numerous videos claiming to document the healing of incurable disabilities and illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, blindness and open wounds.
Many have also claimed to be healed through ‘Anointing Water’ that has been prayed over by Joshua and given to those who are unable to physically attend his church in Lagos. Others claim they were protected from deadly incidents because they had the water with them. SCOAN is also known for the purported “deliverance” of those allegedly possessed by evil spirits during its services.