Leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian megachurch that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua is dead.
He was aged 57 and would have turned a year older on the 12th of this month, June 2021.
Viral reports say he died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church.
Earlier this month, TB Joshua urged Nigerians should fast and pray on June 12, 2021, a date which happens to be his birthday.
Joshua also revealed that he will not be holding a public celebration for his incoming 58th birthday.
Addressing his members, the prophet said “As you know, I am a man of the people. So, the wound of one is the wound of all.
“As things stand, you may have realized it will not be easy for me to celebrate my birthday under the present circumstances,” adding that many who wanted to visit Nigeria for the occasion “are troubled by the situation all over the world.
“We see their fear and their worry. I feel their pain; I feel their worry so pray for Nigeria on June 12, 2021.
“Let us dedicate this day to prayer and fasting. Don’t forget the needy.” TB Joshua has said a few days ago.
According to Wikipedia, Joshua was known for his popularity across Africa and Latin America and his social media presence with 3,500,000 fans on Facebook.
His YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 1,000,000 YouTube subscribers and was the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the platform before it was suspended.
The cause of his death was unknown as at the time of this report.
TB Joshua is survived by a wife and three kids.