T.B. Joshua, a Nigerian Celebrity Megachurch Pastor, Dies at 57

DAKAR, Senegal — One of the most well-liked and controversial evangelical pastors in Africa has died at 57 of unknown causes.

Temitope Balogun Joshua, often known as T.B., based the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria. He died on Saturday after talking in a assembly on his tv channel, Emmanuel TV.

His demise was introduced on his official Facebook web page, which mentioned his final phrases have been “Watch and pray.”

Mr. Joshua was one in every of Nigeria’s millionaire class of Pentecostal pastors, a lot of whom preach a prosperity gospel that some say was imported from the United States, telling their adherents that religion will convey them wealth and success. He additionally claimed that hundreds of individuals with well being issues had been healed at his church.

Last August, he claimed to have healed individuals stricken with Covid-19 by means of a digital prayer session.

He prayed repeatedly: “By the power of the Holy Ghost, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that affliction — that Covid-19 — be flushed out! Those viruses in their internal organs be flushed out!”

He supplied what he mentioned have been anointing stickers and anointing water. When the Ebola virus broke out in West Africa eight years in the past, he despatched four,000 bottles of holy water to Sierra Leone.

In 2013, 4 individuals died at a department of his church in Ghana and 30 have been injured in a stampede after his tv channel introduced that his anointing water can be given out free.

Dozens died in 2014 when a guesthouse at his headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, collapsed, and church staff initially prevented emergency officers from serving to rescue individuals trapped within the rubble.

Mr. Joshua referred to as himself a prophet and commonly made prophecies on his Facebook web page. In one in every of these, he mentioned that he noticed the winner of the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and that it was a girl. The submit was later deleted.

In 2011, Forbes mentioned he was the third-wealthiest pastor in Nigeria, with a internet value of $10 million to $15 million.

“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home — as it should be by divine will,” the announcement on Facebook learn on Sunday. “His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.”