Temitope Balogun Joshua, better known as Prophet T. B. Joshua, is a Nigerian preacher. He is the founder and leader of The Synagogue Church of All Nations and Emmanuel Television in Lagos, Nigeria.
T.B. Joshua was born and raised in a humble background in the small village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. His mother was religious and named him Temitope, following extraordinary events surrounding her pregnancy and the first few days of his life.
Due to poverty, T.B. Joshua dropped out of secondary school. He had previously attended St. Stephen's Anglican Primary School, where he led the Christian fellowship. Later, he sat for and passed the entrance examination into the Nigerian Defence Academy based in Kaduna. However, he did not join the academy because he missed a crucial interview when the train he took broke down in Jebba leaving him stranded for six days.
He moved to Lagos and held casual jobs as a poultry farm hand and shoe shiner. He later became a kindergarten teacher and attended evening classes before going into full-time church ministry.
T.B. Joshua founded and is the general overseer of The Synagogue Church Of All Nations in Lagos. Over 15,000 people attend his weekly services and over a million people follow him on social media. His church runs multiple programs to help widows and needy students, and works to rehabilitate militants from warring factions in and around Nigeria.
T.B. Joshua attracts admirers and critics alike with controversies surrounding his miracles and prophecies. In 2014, 115 people died when a guest house collapsed during one of his gatherings,