Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, was a Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. He was the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a Christian megachurch that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos.
Joshua, then known as Balogun Francis attended St. Stephen's Anglican Primary School in Arigidi Akoko, Nigeria, between 1971 and 1977,but failed to complete one year of secondary school education. In school, he was known as "small pastor" because of his love for the Bible. He worked in various casual jobs after his schooling had ended, including carrying chicken waste at a poultry farm. He organised Bible studies for local children and attended evening school during this period. Joshua attempted to join the Nigerian military but was thwarted due to a train breakdown that left him stranded en route to the military academy.
Joshua wrote that in a heavenly vision he had received divine anointing and a covenant from God to start his ministry. Following this, Joshua founded the ministry organisation The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN). According to the organisation, more than 15,000 members attend its weekly Sunday service; visitors from outside Nigeria are accommodated in the accommodation blocks constructed at the church.
The Guardian reported that The SCOAN attracts more weekly attendees than the combined number of visitors to Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. The SCOAN's popular services have also resulted in an enormous boost for local businesses and hoteliers.
Despite Joshua's popularity, the church only has a branch in Ghana, Joshua stating that "it is not yet time" for him to have branches worldwide as "it will be too much for my character".
Joshua was married to Evelyn Joshua and had three children.
Temitope Joshua is a Nigerian clergyman who has a net worth of $10 million. One of the richest people in Nigeria, Temitope made his fortune as the most controversial Christian minister, televangelist and faith healer who at the same time is an avid supporter of philanthropic causes.