Balogun, Temitope Joshua was a charismatic Nigerian pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist known as T. B. Joshua. He was the founder and leader of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch in Lagos that operates the Emmanuel TV television channel.
Between 1971 and 1977, Joshua, then known as Balogun Francis, attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arigidi Akoko, Nigeria, but only completed one year of secondary school. Because of his devotion to the Bible, he was dubbed “little preacher” in school. After finishing school, he worked in a variety of part-time jobs, including hauling chicken excrement at a poultry farm. During this time, he organized Bible lessons for local schoolchildren and attended evening school. Joshua attempted to join the Nigerian military but was unsuccessful owing to a train breakdown that stranded him on the way to military college.
Joshua wrote that he had received supernatural anointing and a commitment from God to begin his ministry in a heavenly vision. Following this, Joshua created The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a ministry organization (SCOAN). Over 15,000 members attend the organization’s weekly Sunday service, according to the organization; guests from outside Nigeria are accommodated in the lodging buildings built a few years ago.
According to The Guardian, The SCOAN has more weekly visitors than Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London combined. The SCOAN’s famous services have also given local businesses and motels a huge boost.
Despite Joshua’s popularity, the church only has a branch in Ghana, with Joshua claiming that “it is not yet time” for him to build branches all over the world as “it will be too much for my character”.
Temitope Joshua is a Nigerian pastor with a $10 million net worth. Temitope is one of Nigeria’s wealthiest persons, having gained his fortune as a controversial Christian clergyman, televangelist, and faith healer while also being a philanthropist.
Joshua and Evelyn Joshua had three children together.