In his famous award-winning book Capitalist nigger, respected Nigerian born African-American writer and entrepreneur, Chike Onyani, postulated that ‘the first step to a successful life is a belief in oneself to be whatever one wants to be in this world’. This corroborates the proposition of the Roman poet, Terrence that “Fortune favours the brave”. Bravery implies courage, determination, hard work, perseverance, dedication, persistence, endurance and patience.
This demands belief in oneself and focus. Whatever we wish for or ask for in life can always come our way; however, we must be brave and have an absolute belief in ourselves to be successful. It is the belief in oneself that removes the obstacles that could stand in the way to achieving our stated goals. Prophet TB Joshua is one distinguished person whom fortune has favoured his bravery.
Although, the personality and ministry of Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, fondly known as TB Joshua has been surrounded in much controversy, the Nigerian prophet is no doubt an icon of self-belief who has stood among equals. From a lowly background as a boy carrying chicken waste in a poultry house, the belief in oneself has pedestal prophet TB Joshua into a well sought after, international brand.
The rising to international fame of the Nigerian born man of God, internationally acclaimed and prophesied miracle worker, minister and Televangelist, Prophet TB Joshua, who has undoubtedly become an enigma in the evangelism world, with his fast growing synagogue church of all Nations, and much watched emmanuel tv is the result of self-belief and determination.
A man renowned world over as a powerful man of God, yet most vilified for his miracle healing services and predictions has demonstrated clearly that the belief in oneself is the key to human achievement on earth. The success story of the Charismatic preacher, Prophet TB Joshua whatever perception or impression people may have about it, is not something that just occurred overnight; it is clearly a product of courage, determination, hard work, perseverance, dedication, persistence, endurance and patience, that has long been bargained for.
The unwavering posture of prophet and his ministry in the face of adversities and criticisms even from people who ordinarily should have been allies and partners in the vine yard shows that he must have carefully studied the success law in 16 lessons of Napoleon Hill in anticipation. The self-made industrial giant, Napoleon Hill summarized his rise in 16 lessons in series of lectures in America, that later became ‘the law of success’ and published as a multi-volume book in 1928. The 16 lessons vividly cannot “belief in oneself” as follows – the mastermind, a definite chief aim, self-confidence, the fill habit of saving, initiative and leadership, imagination, enthusiasm, self-control, the habit of doing more than paid for, a pleasing personality, correct thinking, concentration, cooperation, profiting by failure, tolerance, and the golden rule – “knowing how to make use of the great universal law of human conduct in such a manner that you may easily get harmonious co-operation form any individual or group of individuals”.
Today, whether he read it or he has been divinely endowed with it, the law of success has equipped prophet tb Joshua with the power of bargaining big before the LORD. This has turned the Ikotun Egbe synagogue into a Mecca or Jerusalem of some sort with visitors trooping in daily from all over the world with varying needs in search of help. While most churches attract crowds during crusades or special programmes, TB Joshua’s synagogue has become a globally acclaimed ministry that is always filled to the brim, like a stadium hosting a world cup soccer match finals.
Unlike his contemporaries, the prophet has distinguished himself as a true shepherd who cares about his flock and has built accommodation blocks within the Church premises to give shelter for majority of his teeming worshippers who come outside Nigeria. This has endeared him to the high and low in society who acclaims him to be a true prophet of God.
Born of June 12, 1963, in a village called Arigidi, in Ikare Akoko, Ondo State of Nigeria, Prophet TB Joshua, the founder and pastor of the Synagogue church of all Nations is said to have sparked controversy starting with his mysterious birth. He is said to have remained in his mother’s womb for 15 months before he was born. Prophet TB Joshua’s miracle healings and predictions has been raging controversies ever since his ministry stormed into the public domain in 1987, bringing into question the legitimacy of his works from several quarters.
In spite of the controversies Prophet TB Joshua’s ministry has remained one of the most sought after spiritual houses around the world, attracting notable political and respectable world leaders who come to not only tap one form of anointing or the other at the church, but also to have an exclusive audience with TB Joshua. Amongst the notable visitors to TB Joshua’s synagogue church of all nations (SCOAN) especially within the African continent include Zimbabwe’s prime minister; Morgan Tsvangirai, late Ghanaian president John Atta mills (who testified that TB Joshua prophesied his ascent to presidency), south Africa’s Winnie Mandela, Malawian president Joyce Banda and the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini kabhekuzulu amongst international visitors.
Numerous videos have been produced documenting the healing of incurable diseases such as cancer, paralysis and AIDS, showing people’s conditions before during and after healing prayers. Medical doctors have examined the patients before and after they have testified to a supernatural activity beyond medical science. Despite these healings, TB Joshua does not even claim to be the healer but says, “I am just Gods servant”. The prophet has as well made several phenomenal predictions in full view of global audience members on the satellite Christian Television, Emmanuel TV and all of them have come to pass. A visit to the synagogue will prompt one to conclude that it is a global church, as no church on the continent has this kind of coloration of foreign workers and worshipers that the synagogue has. TB Joshua can be vividly described as a self-thought man who rose to the top in the LORD’S vine yard by sheer determination and grace of God.
Married to Evelyn with four children, if not for his life train that broke down, Prophet TB Joshua today would have been a soldier rather than a prophet of God. The prophet nursed the ambition of becoming a soldier; however fate had its way and made the spirit of evangelism to manifest in him early in life. During his life as a school pupil, the young TB Joshua was known as ‘small pastor’ because of his love for the bible and ability to rightly predict happenings in his community. He further gained reputation for spiritual prowess after confronting and disarming a madman who was wielding a machete in the school premises.
As a result of his lowly family background, TB Joshua had a hitch in his educational pursuit and worked in various casual employments after his schooling had ended, including carrying chicken waste in a poultry farm to earn a living. Notwithstanding, he was not deterred by his predicament from preaching the gospel, as he used to organize Bible studies for local children and attended evening school during this period. Close family sources affirm that he was born with a natural talent to preach, as talking of god was his major vocation as a young man.
This vocation today has made Prophet TB Joshua a global brand, and the monumental heights achieved through his ministry that has made him a globally acknowledged humanitarian worker and philanthropist has gone in no small measure to prove that in life the belief in oneself is the fundamental path to greatness, irrespective of one’s calling.
To be continued…