His church says a telegraph founder of a Christian mega-church in Lagos has died in an unsolved case.
Nigeria’s well-known but controversial evangelist Temitope Balogu osh oshua has died in an undisclosed case, his church said on Facebook. He was 57 years old.
The preacher, known as TB osh oshua, founded the Synagogue of All Nations Church, a Christian mega-church in Lagos.
The father of three was one of Africa’s most influential preachers, with millions of television and social media followers. More than 15,000 people from Nigeria and abroad attend its Sunday services.
“God took his servant Prophet osh oshua home; his last moments on earth were spent in the service of God,” the church wrote on its Facebook page on Sunday, without giving further details.
Olakan Ojo, one of the priest’s lawyers, also confirmed his death.
“I confirm that the man of God, Pastor TB osh oshua, passed away on Saturday after his evening program,” Ojo told AFP.
Ahmed Idris, an Azeri Azeri, reported from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, that the preacher is one of the most respected pastors in the most populous country in Africa.
“He gained a lot of prestige in the 1990s, at a time when there was an explosion of television evangelism in Nigeria and in many parts of Africa. He was one of the most backward preachers in Nigeria [across] “Africa,” Idris said.
He was popular in South America, where he campaigned extensively.
TB oshua was known for claiming to make predictions, cure various diseases, and prosper through miracles.
He was, however, controversial, with critics questioning his claims, saying he was taking advantage of people seeking hope.
According to Forbes, his fortune was estimated at several million dollars.
Many African presidents, high-ranking government officials, international footballers, musicians and other high-ranking guests worshiped at his church.
The church guest house in September 2014 collapsed, killing more than 100 people, most of them foreigners, who were in Nigeria to attend his services.
Although authorities say the building collapsed due to structural defects, tuberculosis ua oshua claimed that the building was blown up by a small plane, which it said filled it shortly before it crashed.
In April, the priest’s YouTube channel, which has more than 1.8 million subscribers and և 600 million views, was shut down due to hate speech allegations against LGBTQ people.
One of her videos, which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times, shows a woman being abused to “cure” her of her sexuality.
In Africa’s most populous country, homosexuality is illegal, and “homosexual acts” can be punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
Facebook also removed several videos from its Joshua page, which has more than 5.7 million followers, for its anti-LGBTQ words.