On the night of Saturday, June 5, news surfaced online that one of the popular pastors in Nigeria, Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), had passed on.
The news which has been confirmed by TB Joshua Ministries on Facebook has left many of his congregants in shock and pain.
According to the report, the cleric, who is popularly called TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting held on the day of his death. As his family, friends, the church, and the nation mourn the death of the man of God, Legit.ng highlights some important facts about him.
His “strange” birth It is widely known that babies are born in nine months’ time except on very rare occasions. Well, Joshua’s was one of such rare occasions. At a gathering marking his 55th birthday in 2018, the man of God recounted the mysterious events that surrounded his birth.
According to him, he was in his mother’s womb for 15 months, Nigerian Tribune reports. He finally arrived in the world on June 12, 1963, in the small village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Life in school He attended six colleges in less than one year. The cleric however failed to complete secondary school education because of poverty. In school, teachers and colleagues called him ‘small pastor.
His family The televangelist is married to Evelyn Joshua and they have three children together. His eldest daughter Serah Joshua is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
Rush for anointing water People from around the world throng the SCOAN headquarters in the Ikotun district in Lagos seeking healing. The man of God has special water which is in small bottles and is said to position users “for mercy, favor, healing, deliverance, blessing, prosperity and fruitfulness”.
Other hot-selling church products Asides from the healing water, the church also has car stickers, books, and special oils which are hot-selling items.
Failed attempt to join the army He reportedly attempted to join the Nigerian Army but couldn’t because the train he was traveling in broke down, leaving him stranded en route to the military academy.
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Source: Yen News