Temitope Balogun Joshua known as TB Joshua celebrated 52nd Birthday in a Grand style in South Africa.
On Friday 12th June 2015, thousands of Africans from more than 10 nations converged in South Africa to celebrate the birthday of controversial Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua.
The event, which was held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa, was dubbed ‘A Celebration Of Love’, a reference to Joshua’s popular slogan ‘let love lead’.
Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, is a Nigerian preacher. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, a religious organisation that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria.
The Synagogue Church of All Nations said the event was organised to honour the self-proclaimed prophet, and the 84 South Africans who perished when a church building collapsed in Lagos in September last year.
Joshua booked the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand to accommodate over 2 000 of his followers in celebrating his 52nd birthday.
He however, did not attend the event on Friday night.
Gospel artists VaShawn Mitchell, Loyiso Bala and opera singer Kimmy Skota entertained guests, who were also treated to a buffet-style meal.
Among those who paid tribute to T.B. Joshua was Chief Victor Mditshwa, a Director at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), popular South African ‘Bishop’ Stephen Zondo from the ‘Rivers Of Living Waters Ministries and representatives from the nations of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Temitope Balogun Joshua (born June 12, 1963), commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua, is a Nigerian preacher. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a religious organisation that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria.
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 ‘The Africa Report’ and ‘New African Magazine’ and listed among the world’s most famous people.
Joshua is known for his popularity across Africa and his online presence, with over 1,500,000 fans on Facebook and hundreds of YouTube videos which have proved controversial and amassed millions of views In 2011, according to Forbes, Joshua was Nigeria’s third-richest pastor.
According to Joshua’s official biography, unusual circumstances surrounded his birth. He says that he spent 15 months in his mother’s womb and narrowly avoided death after a quarry explosion near his house sent rocks through its roof just seven days after his birth.
Joshua 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.