He was always in the news for all the wrong reasons. Most recently, he was the talk of the town when his page was taken off YouTube after a sermon on 'curing' homosexuality.
Prophet TB Joshua (57) was one of the most controversial televangelists in Africa and his death has sent shockwaves through the Christian community.
He was a crowd puller to his Nigerian church, Synagogue Church of All Nations. His church attracted six out of 10 travellers into Nigeria and two million tourists, annually.
His death was announced over the weekend through his pages. His wife, Evelyn took to social media to share a message of strength with his followers.
Losing a loved one is never easy; whether sudden or foreseen it’s always heartbreaking. Grief can wreak havoc on our overall well being. That’s why it’s important to stay rooted to the Almighty. Only He can lessen our heartache and comfort us in these times.— Mrs Evelyn™ Joshua (@Mama__Evelyn) June 6, 2021
Seek refuge in Him. pic.twitter.com/HEpB8Ksgfr
Some South Africans first learnt of prophet when the guesthouse on the church premises collapsed in September 2014. There were more than 100 fatalities and 84 of them were South African. It took more than two months for the bodies to be released by Nigerian authorities and repatriated to South Africa.
Tributes have been pouring in since the news broke, with celebrities and political parties such as the EFF sending their condolences.
“Millions across the world, and in Nigeria particularly, will always remember him for the spiritual and pastoral care he ministered to the nation and the world with vigour and selflessness committed to the word of God,” the party said in a statement.