By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja
The founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet TB Joshua died on Saturday at 57, according to an official statement from his church.
TB Joshua was known for prophesying and performing miracles while politicians, celebrities and sportsmen thronged his church situated at Ikotun in Lagos.
Below are seven things to know about TB Joshua:
· Joshua was born on June 12, 1963
· In 2009, Joshua started a football club, My People FC. Two members of the team, Sani Emmanuel and Ogenyi Onazi played for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Emmanuel was Nigeria’s top-scorer and the tournament’s MVP. Emmanuel and Onazi signed professional contracts with SS Lazio while Onazi went on to become a key player for the Nigerian Senior Team, the Super Eagles
· Joshua, following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, sent a team of medical personnel and humanitarian workers to the affected area, establishing a field hospital called ‘Clinique Emmanuel’.
· The prophet sent support to nations such as Philippines, India and Ghana in the wake of varying natural disasters.
· Joshua funded the building and running of a school in Lahore, Pakistan named ‘Emmanuel School’. He also rebuilt a school in a rural area destroyed by the 2016 Ecuador earthquake, travelling to Ecuador for the opening of the school in June 2017.
He received the National Honour in 2008 as well as receiving a letter of appreciation from the United Nations.
· He was ‘blacklisted’ by the government of Cameroon in 2010 and termed a ‘son of the devil’.