The accurate predictions by Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, are causing ripples in many southern African countries since Malawian President, Bingu wa Mutharika died of cardiac arrest on 5 April.
T.B. Joshua had on 5 February during a live Sunday service in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, predicted that within 60 days an African head of state would die suddenly due to sickness. The prediction, P.M.NEWS learnt, was not taken seriously in many African countries until 5 April when the Malawian President collapsed during a meeting and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
The sudden death of Mutharika and the latest prediction by T.B. Joshua that another old African head of state would soon fall critically ill and be hospitalised, have thrown many African countries into panic, especially Zimbabwe, where octogenarian President, Robert Mugabe, is battling with lingering poor health. Last year, leaked US diplomatic cables quoted the Zimbabwean Central Bank Governor, Gideon Gono, as disclosing to the American Ambassador that doctors had told Mugabe he had prostate cancer and could die in 2013. Since Mutharika’s death, stories on T.B. Joshua, his healing, predictions and miracles have been front page news in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and a horde of other southern African countries where the 49-year old preacher and healer from Ondo State, southwest Nigeria, is extremely popular.
In Zimbabwe, it was learnt that the ruling ZANU PF is attempting to block T.B Joshua’s visit into the country scheduled for 25 May against the wishes of millions of people in Zimbabwe where T.B. Joshua has sometimes been portrayed in media reports as a power broker since Zimbabwean Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, visited his church in 2010.
T.B. Joshua’s Christian television station called Emmanuel TV which is available on satellite and on the Internet via the Streaming Faith broadcast portal is watched by millions of people in western, eastern and southern Africa. In Cameroon, for instance, where a statement credited to the former Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Henri Eyebe Ayissi, once said that T.B. Joshua had been blacklisted there, Pentecostal churches have since cleared T.B. Joshua and extended an invitation to him. he is also immensely popular there. “With regards to what our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is doing through you in your country and several other countries where you have been invited, we are delighted to say that the proof of your apostleship is not anymore a disputable matter.
We also want to affirm our belief in your ministry and to present our firm conviction to the fact that you are a source of inspiration and great blessing to the church of God all over the world,” said Dr. Tsala Essomba, Founder and President, the Pentecostal Christian Churches of Cameroon, who had issued the invitation to The Man of God as T.B Joshua is referred to.
TB Joshua is renowned for prophesyingng the death of king of pop music,Michael Jackson, the resignation of Pakistan’s ex-president ,Pervez Musharraf, and the rise of the current president of Ghana, John Atta Mills, a few weeks before the events took place, as well as a recent plane crash. —Simon Ateba