Controversial Nigerian pastor, entrepreneur and televangelist TB Joshua claims he predicted the death of Michael Jackson, the ISIS attacks in Paris and the Boston bombings. He also boasts the loathsome and wildly discriminating talent of excising “homosexual” demons from people’s bodies, so we’re sure he’s not totally on the ball majority of the time.
The guy is confident in his wackiness and outrageous prophecies, though there is no denying his impact however unsavoury it may seem. His congregation comes in at around 15 000 parishioners every Sunday and his Facebook page has gathered over 2 million followers. In 2011 Forbes named him Nigeria’s third richest pastor with a net worth of around $10 – 15 million, a statement which he and his church; The Synagogue, Church of All Nations fervently denied.
Along with the church he also owns a Christian television station broadcast throughout Nigeria called Emmanuel TV, where he films his sermons that include: patrons writhing and rolling on the ground, copious crying and in one instance a little girl with a serious witchcraft problem.
Strange yes but his predictions are what have afforded him international exposure. In January 2009 he made headlines across Africa when during one of his sermons he said a “great star” was going to die that year.
“I’m seeing a great star whom the world is shouting, “Hey, hey, hey!” In his own area, he’s famous – he’s known everywhere. He is great – too great… I see something will begin to happen to that star and that may likely end in him packing his load and going on the journey of no return…”
In June 2009, the king of pop music himself, Michael Jackson, famously died suddenly due to an accidental drug overdose.
His initial prediction is too vague to represent Jackson in particular, but it got stranger when a colleague and friend of the Jackson family claimed TB Joshua fervently requested a meeting with MJ before he died, due to the fact that he needed, “healing.”
It should be known that he also “predicted” that Hillary Clinton would win the US election. We all know how that turned out.
What we really want to know is, where the hell was he during the clusterf**k that was 2016? We would have loved a heads up on Prince, TB.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.