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TB Joshua’s wife encourages church members after BBC documentary

In the midst of controversy spurred by a BBC documentary exposing alleged abuse and torture by the late prophet, Pastor Evelyn Joshua, the wife of the late Nigerian mega church leader and televangelist Prophet TB Joshua, has asked followers of his church to remain faithful and focused on Jesus Christ.

On Sunday, January 14, 2024, at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, Pastor Evelyn Joshua gave a sermon to the congregation. Pastor Evelyn Joshua became the church’s leader following her husband’s passing in June 2021.

Her first speech in front of the congregation since the broadcast of the BBC Africa Eye documentary “Disciples: The Cult of TB Joshua” was this one. In the documentary, the late prophet was accused of misbehavior by former followers, including rape, physical abuse, and forcing women to get abortions.

TB Joshua’s wife encourages church members after BBC documentary

Pastor Evelyn Joshua thanked the church members for their love, faith, tenacity, and devotion during the “eventful week,” without specifically mentioning the documentary or the accusations. She reaffirmed to them the fundamental tenets of the church, including belief in the work of the Holy Spirit, the Bible, Jesus Christ’s atonement, and the day of judgment.

Encouraging the congregation to evaluate all things in the light of God’s word, she emphasized the importance of love, quoting 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, which says that love is not irritable or resentful, and does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

Pastor Evelyn Joshua urged members not to lose focus and to keep Jesus Christ as their central focus and guide, emphasizing that Jesus stood for truth and love, and that the church was a house of joy, which was their conquering power.

She then quoted the alleged last words of her late husband: “Watch and pray, and you will see the glory of God.” She blessed the congregation and thanked them for their support.

Pastor Evelyn Joshua, who married TB Joshua in 1990 and had three daughters with him, was appointed as the new leader of SCOAN in September 2021, after a court order made her a member of the church’s board of trustees.

She faced some opposition from some factions within the church, who questioned her legitimacy and transparency. However, she has since asserted her authority and vision for the church, which has millions of followers around the world.

TB Joshua, who died at the age of 57, was one of the most influential and controversial religious figures in Africa. He claimed to have the power to heal various diseases, including HIV/AIDS and cancer, and to prophesy about world events.

He attracted thousands of pilgrims to his church in Lagos, where he performed his “miracles” and delivered his sermons. He also had a huge online presence, with more than six million followers on Facebook and more than one million subscribers on YouTube.

He was praised by some as a man of God and a philanthropist, but he was also criticized by others as a fraud and a cult leader. He faced several lawsuits and investigations over his practices and claims, and he was also accused of being involved in politics and corruption.

The BBC documentary has reignited the debate over his legacy and the future of his church, as well as the wider issues of accountability and regulation in the Nigerian and African religious landscape.

Akosua Boatemaa

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