Nigerian evangelist buried in Lagos

Nigerian minister TB Joshua will speak at a New Year's memorial service for South African relatives of those killed in a collapsed building in Megachurch, Lagos, on December 31, 2014.

TB Joshua often toured Africa, America, United Kingdom and South America

The popular Nigerian evangelist TB Joshua is buried in Lagos after a week’s funeral.

Thousands of mourners gathered at his church, the synagogue, and the churches of all nations (SCOAN) in the Ikotun region of Lagos.

According to the church, a 57-year-old woman died of a short illness on June 5.

Temitope Barogun Joshua was respected by people all over the world and tens of thousands attended his weekly worship service.

His prominence in the late 1990s was in line with the explosive growth of “miracle” shows on Nigerian television by various ministers.

His ministry has attracted people from all over the world, proclaiming that it will cure all kinds of illnesses, including HIV / AIDS.

Known by his followers as a “prophet,” he ran the Christian television station Emmanuel TV and frequently toured Africa, the United States, Great Britain, and South America.

Joshua came from a poor background and was raised by his Muslim uncle following the death of his Christian father.

Another popular Nigerian minister, Mega, has been missing since the commemorative week for Joshua, emphasizing that he had a frosty relationship with them.

The Christian Society of Nigeria (Can) and the Pentecostal Fellowship (PFN) of Nigeria previously described him as a “scammer” belonging to the “occult” group that pervaded Christianity.

However, a few days after his death, he was able to make a statement that “the loss occurred not only in the family and the church, but in Nigeria and the whole world.”

Joshua’s followers have found him charismatic and realistic, and thousands are expected to appear for his burial.

Woman crying at TB Joshua's church

The pastor’s funeral is also held in his hometown of Arigidi Akoko, Ondo.

On Thursday, the hearse carrying his body stopped at his favorite “Mountain of Prayer.” It is a small hill in the Agodo region of Lagos where he spent his days isolated in prayer.

Thousands of mourners then received the bodies in his church, where he made the bodies open to the public.

His wife, Evelyn Joshua, now appointed general director of the church, said her deceased husband had grown the church from an eight-member rally to the present church.

“In order for money to turn money, we have to go through the fire. Thank you for being a good father for our children,” she said in a compliment service all day on Tuesday.

His children; Sarah Joshua, Promise Joshua, and Hart Joshua described their father as a “formidable devoted man.”

“My dad was the biggest humanitarian I’ve ever known,” Sarah said.

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