Before his death, TB Joshua was one of the prophets in Nigeria who had a lot of controversy about his death. Here is a list of five things you probably didn’t know about him.
1. According to Joshua’s official biography, unusual circumstances surrounded his birth. He said he spent 15 months in his mother’s womb and narrowly avoided death after a quarry blast near his home ripped through his roof just seven days after he was born.
2. It is also claimed that Yeshua’s birth was “predicted” 100 years ago. Joshua, then known as Balogun Francis, attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arrigide Akoko, Nigeria, between 1971 and 1977, but failed to complete one year of secondary education.
3. At school, he was known as “The Little Pastor” because of his love for the Bible. He worked various occasional jobs after his studies, including transporting chicken waste on a poultry farm. He organized Bible lessons for local children and attended evening school during this period.
4. Joshua tried to join the Nigerian Army but was thwarted by a train breakdown that left him stranded on his way to the Military Academy.
5. A Forbes blogger estimated that Joshua spent $20 million on “education, healthcare, and rehabilitation programs for ex-Niger Delta fighters.” There is also a rehabilitation program for militants from Nigeria’s volatile Niger Delta region, repentant armed robbers and sex workers who come to church for “survival”.
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