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Nigerian TV evangelist to be buried in Lagos



Nigerian pastor TB Joshua speaks during a New Year's memorial service for the South African relatives of those killed in a building collapse in his Megos Church in Lagos on December 31, 2014.

TB Joshua often toured in Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom and South America

Popular Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua is buried in Lagos after a week of funeral rites.

Thousands of mourners attend the funeral service at his synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun area of ​​Lagos.

The 57-year-old died on June 5 after a brief illness, the church said.

Temitope Balogun Joshua was honored by people from all over the world, and tens of thousands of people attended his weekly services.

The prominent place of the charismatic preacher in the late 1

990s coincided with the explosion of “miracle” programs performed on Nigerian television by various priests.

His ministry claimed to cure all sorts of diseases, including HIV / AIDS, and attracted people from all over the world.

A woman cries in TB Joshua church

Funeral rites for the priest also take place in his hometown of Arigidi-Akoko in the state of Ondo

Known as the “prophet” by his followers, he headed the Christian television station Emmanuel TV and often toured in Africa, the United States, Britain and South America.

Joshua came from a bad background and was raised by his Muslim uncle after the death of his Christian father.

Other popular Nigerian mega-priests were missing from the week with memorials, highlighting the frosty relationship he had with them.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (Can) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) previously described him as a “deceiver” who belonged to a group of “occultists” who had infiltrated Christianity.

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Outside the church, flags from various countries fluttered at the half-mast. It is difficult to know whether the flags represented the lands the Prophet visited during his lifetime, but the poles stretched for more than a mile.

The composition of the thousands of mourners also reflects TB Joshua’s global appeal – people came from the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and South Africa, where he was hugely popular.

People from Ikotun-Egbe, the suburb of Lagos, where the church is located, came out in large numbers on Thursday to see his morgue pass by and many more took to the streets early on Friday.

Most of them are not members of his church, but were influenced by his philanthropy. Many more indirectly benefited from the industry created by his always busy church.

Senior meeting participants include Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Joshua’s home state of Ondo, who read a Bible study.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (Can), which had previously had disputes with TB Joshua over his style, also sent a delegation to Friday’s funeral, an indication that the hostilities are over.

It is one of the things he most wanted while living – to be accepted by Nigeria’s major Christian faith. It is perhaps symbolic that it has come at his death.

His wife, Evelyn Joshua, who has now been appointed general overseer of the church, said her late husband grew the church from an eight-member congregation to what it is today.

“For gold to become gold, it must pass through fire. I just want to thank you for being a good father to our children,” she said in Tuesday’s tribute service all day.

His children, Sarah Joshua, Promise Joshua and Heart Joshua, described their father as “a man with a formidable dedication”.


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