CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: [UPDATE] Who was TB Joshua? Founder of One of the World’s Largest Christian Evangelical Churches – Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) | “We are a Church, Not a Cult, for We Preach Jesus Christ”: Pastor Evelyn Joshua [#TBJoshua #SCOAN]
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BBC investigation, which included more than 25 church insiders from the UK, Nigeria, Ghana, the United States, South Africa, and Germany, uncovers 6 ways in which he tricked worshipers:
1. The Emergency Department
5. Fake Medical Certificates
6. Video Manipulation
Just a few days after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired its documentary about the clandestine and unspiritual activities that late ‘Prophet’ TB Joshua allegedly carried out at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), his television channel, Emmanuel TV, announced that it will cease broadcasting on MultiChoice platforms – DStv and GOtv on Jan. 17.
MultiChoice has stated that Emmanuel TV would be withdrawn from the DStv and GOtv platforms.
Emmanuel TV will depart from both StarSat and other pay-TV providers as well.
LINK TO FULL STATEMENT BY JOURNALIST DR. OLUKEMI OLUNLOYO (KEMI OLUNLOYO): https://twitter.com/Kemiolunloyo/status/1744887174342865330
#BREAKING UPDATE: TB Joshua committed SUICIDE taking his own life. SCOAN has called the #BBCAfricaEye “gangster journalism” with no knowledge of who any of the disciples they interviewed were. BBC was planning to disgrace Joshua as early as 2020/2021 when they started their… pic.twitter.com/elmTMO4ErJ
— Dr Olukemi Olunloyo (@Kemiolunloyo) January 10, 2024
The BBC investigates how late megachurch leader TB Joshua, who is accused of major sexual assaults, imprisoned and tormented his own daughter for years before abandoning her on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria.
“My dad had fear, constant fear. He was very afraid that someone would speak up,” says Ajoke, one of the pastor’s daughters and one of the first whistleblowers to contact the BBC about the abuse she observed at her father’s church, the Synagogue Church of All Nations.
TB Joshua, who died in 2021 at the age of 57, was accused of horrific abuse and torture over nearly 2 decades.
Ajoke, now 27, lives in hiding and has dropped her surname “Joshua”.
Little is known about Ajoke’s biological mother, who was said to be one of TB Joshua’s church members.
Ajoke claims she was raised by Evelyn, Joshua’s widow, from as early as she can remember.
Ajoke claims she had a very happy upbringing up to the age of 7, traveling with the Joshua family to locations like Dubai.
But one day, everything changed.
She was suspended from school following a misdemeanor, and a local media described her as TB Joshua’s illegitimate kid.
She was removed from school and transported to the SCOAN complex in Lagos.
The disciples were an elite group of devoted followers who served and lived with TB Joshua within the church’s maze-like structure.
They arrived from all over the world, and many remained at the site for decades.
They followed a stringent set of restrictions, including not sleeping for more than a few hours at a stretch, not using their own phones or having access to their personal emails, and being required to refer to TB Joshua as “Daddy”.
Ajoke, a child, did not follow the regulations like the other disciples: she refused to stand up when the pastor entered the room and defied the strict sleeping restrictions.
The abuse began shortly after.
Ajoke has been considered as an outcast since she went to the church in Lagos’ Ikotun area.
Ajoke claims she was hauled out of his office and placed in a room separate from the rest of the church members, where she remained in social isolation for more than a year.
Ajoke claims that when she was 19, she was led to the church’s front gates and then abandoned there.
The church guards, who were armed, were warned she would never be permitted back in.
This occurred 6 years before her father died.
As a young lady with no money, Ajoke did anything she could to live, spending many years on the streets.
She originally contacted the BBC in 2019 after seeing a BBC Africa Eye exposé, but it wasn’t until others confirmed her tale that a lengthy BBC investigation into the torture at SCOAN started.
Ajoke was just able to get off the streets thanks to former disciples and close friends.
However, it has resulted in spells of poor mental health.
Despite everything she has gone through, she is determined to expose the truth about her father.
Former disciples have told the BBC that watching Ajoke stand up to this man was one of the key reasons they began to question their confidence in TB Joshua.
Ajoke believes that the truth is the most important thing in her life:
“I lost everything, my home, my family, but for me, it comes down to the truth. And for as long as there’s breath in me, I will defend that, until the very end.”
Her ambitions include returning to school and completing her education, which was cut short.
The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has responded to the BBC documentary on the late Temitope Babatunde Joshua, also known as TB Joshua, the founder of SCOAN.
SCOAN dismissed the documentary against TB Joshua as false, and the people interviewed in the report were unknown to the church.
According to the Church, hundreds of people have experienced incredible miracles and profited greatly from the Lord’s anointing and grace bestowed upon His servant.
It said that the BBC would not have lost anything if it had gone to the church in disguise as tourists to get a firsthand account of what was going on instead than depending on angry and manipulative individuals, some of whom were previously unknown in SCOAN.
According to it, this is not only embarrassing to hear, but also disrespectful to observe in the work of purportedly well-trained journalists.
The church criticized the news and urged God to pardon the sponsors, claiming that persecution of divine envoys or servants of God was not unprecedented in history.
It was highlighted that the Church had been cursed and twisted to produce false witnesses against the Gospel.
The British Broadcasting Corporation’s Africa Eye has received varied comments on social media after airing an investigation on the purported hidden lives of the late televangelist Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua (TB Joshua).
The 3-part YouTube film, titled “Disciples: The Cult of TB Joshua,” featured video testimonials from different witnesses making numerous serious claims against the late prophet.
The BBC interviewed former followers and church staff who said that the prophet deceived and physically tortured them into remaining with him for many years.
The majority of them, especially from the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Namibia, claimed to have spent 10 to 14 years in the Synagogue as a result of such deception.
The study also discussed the September 12, 2014 building collapse at the Synagogue’s guest house, which killed at least 116 individuals, the majority of whom were foreigners.
Many social media users have continued to respond to the news.
While some have expressed outrage and called for a thorough inquiry into the charges, others believe it is hired work to tear down the late clergyman’s legacy.
Man of God? Or predatory cult leader? A ground-breaking investigation into the world famous televangelical preacher, TB Joshua, told by the people closest to him: his Disciples.
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The BBC has discovered evidence of horrific abuse and torture committed by the founder of one of the world’s largest Christian evangelical congregations.
Dozens of ex-Synagogue Church of All Nations followers, including 5 British, have accused Nigeria’s late TB Joshua of crimes like as rape and forced abortions.
The claims of torture in a secluded Lagos complex date back nearly 2 decades.
TB Joshua, who died in 2021, was a charismatic and very popular preacher and televangelist with a massive global audience.
The BBC discovered the following over a 2-year investigation:
1) Dozens of eyewitness stories of Joshua’s physical aggression or torture, including child abuse and individuals being beaten and chained
2) Many women allege Joshua sexually abused them, with others saying they were raped regularly for years inside the property.
3) Multiple reports of forced abortions inside the church in the aftermath of Joshua’s alleged rapes, including one lady who claims she had five terminations.
4) There are several first-hand testimonies of Joshua faking his “miracle healings,” which were televised to millions of people throughout the world.
The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has a global following, including a Christian TV channel named Emmanuel TV and millions of followers on social media.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, tens of thousands of pilgrims from Europe, the Americas, South East Asia, and Africa traveled to Nigeria to witness Joshua’s “healing miracles.”
At least 150 tourists lived as followers inside his Lagos property, sometimes for decades.
More than 25 former “disciples” from the United Kingdom, Nigeria, the United States, South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, and Germany testified to the BBC, providing compelling corroborating evidence about their experiences within the church, the most recent of which occurred in 2019.
When they first joined, many victims were in their teens.
In some of the British cases, Joshua funded for their transportation to Lagos in collaboration with other UK churches.
TB Joshua was remembered as one of the most prominent preachers in African history when he died in June 2021.
He rose from poverty to build an evangelical empire that included scores of government figures, celebrities, and international footballers.
During his lifetime, he did, however, spark some controversy when a hostel for religious pilgrims collapsed in 2014, killing at least 116 people.
The BBC’s investigation, conducted in collaboration with the international media platform Open Democracy, is the first time that a number of former church officials have come out to talk on the record.
They claim to have spent years attempting to raise the alarm but have been successfully silenced.
After previously speaking out against the abuse and publishing films detailing claims on YouTube, a number of our witnesses in Nigeria allege they were physically attacked, and in one case fired at.
SCOAN is still thriving today, thanks to the leadership of Joshua’s wife, Evelyn.
She led a tour of Spain in July 2023.
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