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TB Joshua @ 53: Celebrating An Uncommon Passion For Humanity

Posted: Jun 12, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Udom and Chinyere Abiaziem


Today, Sunday June 12, Prophet Temitope Joshua is 53. The cleric deserves to be celebrated from different perspectives, especially at a time like this when the nation is passing through some kind of recession. He has put smiles on faces of the less privileged and downtrodden in society.

Apart from his healing and deliverance gifts, Prophet Joshua walks tall in several aspects of human endeavours.

The story of his life is a demonstration of God’s ability to use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. With just primary school education, the General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations has established himself as a force to reckon with in God’s vineyard. His ministry is arguably the most visited Christian ministry in the whole of Africa and has continued to attract scintillating reviews from the international media. Thousands of visitors from across the world have continued to throng the Ikotun-Egbe based ministry in search of spiritual succour.

But it does not end there. The man of God understands the challenges of the troubled world and has maintained a rare reputation for helping individuals, institutions and nations overcome their spiritual as well as socio-economic challenges through crusades and humanitarian efforts.

Though some persons who may not be in good terms with the church seem to ascribe negative things to the man of God, who  has consistently maintained that it is unnecessary joining issues with the world; instead he has channeled most of his time into catering to the needs of the less-privileged in society.

Uncountable number of people, both Nigerians and foreigners, have continued to benefit from his ministry’s milk of human kindness.

Through his ministry’s Emmanuel TV Partners, millions of lives, nations and destinies have been changed across the world. According to the man of God, true love always searches for whom to help whenever and wherever it is in a position to do so. How he has been able to maturely manage the bad press emanating from the collapsed building incident remains very phenomenal.

He has maintained a calm and unperturbed disposition – a quality that can only be God-given especially in situations of crisis.

T.B. Joshua is described as one of the Nigerian pastors that are hardly seen around the corridors of power.  He believes that a true servant of God should be for all and not frolic around with politicians.

Despite his reputation being marred, in the last two years, the man of God has received both national and international recognitions for his exemplary service to mankind. He was recently ranked amongst the most famous prophets in the history of mankind. The ranking was contained in a publication by an America-based research organisation – www.Ranker.com.

He has been awarded various accolades, notably receiving the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian government in 2008 and being voted the Yoruba man of the decade by Pan-Yoruba media outlet, Irohin Odua. He was recognised as one of Africa’s 50 most influential people by Pan-African magazines.

Born on June 12, 1963, in a rustic village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo state, Nigeria, Joshua is said to have spent 15 months in his mother’s womb. His birth and early development is also said to be shrouded in mysteries after narrowly escaping a boulder from a nearby quarry which came crashing inches near him in his parents’ house.

The name ‘Temitope’, means ‘what God Has done for me is worthy of thanks.’

He attended St. Stephens’ Anglican Primary School but failed to complete secondary school due to poverty. Today he is not only blessed, but also a blessing to many lives.