T.B. Joshua was born on 12th June 1963 in the small village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. His birth allegedly is surrounded by unusual circumstances. It is claimed he spent 15 months in his mother’s womb. He also narrowly avoided death after a quarry explosion near his house sent rocks through its roof just seven days after his birth.
Between 1971 and 1977, Joshua attended St. Stephen's Anglican Primary School in Arigidi where he was the leader of the Student Christian fellowship.. However, he failed to complete one year of secondary school education. In school, everyone have known him as "small pastor" because of his love for the Bible.
After his schooling had ended, Joshua worked in various casual jobs, including carrying chicken waste at a poultry farm. During this period, he organised Bible studies for local children and attended evening school.
T.B. Joshua is a father of three children. He is married to Evelyn Joshua.
Joshua founded the ministry organisation The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) when he in a heavenly vision had received divine anointing and a covenant from God to start his ministry. More than 15,000 members reportedly attend its weekly Sunday service. Visitors from outside Nigeria are accommodated in the accommodation blocks constructed at the church.
On 12 September 2014, a guesthouse collapsed in Lagos killing at least 115 South Africans. Officials claimed that the two extra storeys collapsed due to construction failure. But T.B. Joshua claimed a small plane had circled over the building four times before it collapsed and it may have been an attempt to kill him.
Joshua has over 1,300,000 fans on Facebook and hundreds of YouTube videos which have proved controversial and amassed hundreds of thousands of views. He has published numerous videos claiming to document the healing of incurable disabilities and illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
For example, popular Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh testified that Joshua’s prayers on Emmanuel TV stopped her smoking habit of 14 years.
Joshua has allegedly predicted such events as Michael Jackson's death, the attack during Boston marathon in America and the outcome of two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final matches, which were won by Zambia and Nigeria respectively. He also predicted the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH370 several months before the incident.
T.B. Joshua wrote and published such books as The Mirror, The Step Between You And The Cure, Daily Time With God and What The Future Holds.