Famously infamous, now demised Nigerian televangelist Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly known as TB Joshua, who died on Sunday, June 6, 2021, was controversial both within and without Nigeria
He was the head of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) established in 1987 and claimed to have divine powers to heal all sorts of incurable diseases like HIV/AIDS and cancer.
And like most prophetic evangelists, he snared many into his fold through huge prohesies.
In 2014, his church released a video claiming that he predicted the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370.
The passenger plane disappeared on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to its planned destination, Beijing Capital International Airport with 239 people aboard.
During the presidential election in the United States in November 2016, Joshua incorrectly predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the poll.
After the prophecy failed to materialize, with Donald Trump winning the election, Joshua said he was referring to Clinton’s win in the popular vote and any misinterpretation was due to a lack of “spiritual understanding”.
Joshua claimed that the COVID-19 would disappear globally on March 27, 2020. That did not come to pass as coronavirus is still spreading across the world.
Many will remember him, and his church, from the widely publicized 2014 tragic collapse of his Church building that killed 116 people.
He raised even more furore when he claimed the building’s collapse was caused by a strange aircraft” but it turned out that the building was poorly constructed and did not meet basic safety requirements
Support and admiration for him remained.
TB Joshua had more than 3.5 million followers on Facebook and his Youtube which was recently shut when he declared the ability to heal homosexuality had close to 1 million followers.
The ongoing support for him and his ministry can be explained by understanding the theological tradition in which he operated.
Several terrorist attacks have allegedly been predicted by him, including the 2015 Garissa University College attack, the Ouagadougou hotel siege in Burkina Faso, the November 2015 Paris attacks and the 2016 Brussels Bombings.