On Tuesday, Nigerians and even foreigners paid glowing tributes to the late Founder/Leader of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly referred to as Prophet TB Joshua.
According to the church, the famed televangelist, Prophet TB Joshua died on June 5, a week before his 58th birthday on June 12.
The ceremony took place on the grounds of a church in Ikotun, Lagos State, and was well guarded.
The late Prophet TB Joshua wife and children set the tone for an emotional day.
Evelyn, the preacher’s widow, informed the live-streamed audience how he affectionately referred to her husband as “TBJ, my darling.”
Despite his busy schedule, she regarded him as a caring husband, father, and someone who made time for his family.
Mrs. Joshua praised God for making her the wife of such a great man and spiritual father to many, saying: “Thank you for choosing me.”
According to her, the late preacher did not impossibility existed.
“We will keep the light burning. I was proud and shall forever be proud to be your wife.
“You are not dead; I know that.
“I am sad that I, Evelyn, may not be able to see you physically again. Your children, spiritual sons and daughters may not see you physically again, but we know that you are not dead. Sleep on, my love. Sleep on, my God’s general,” she said.
The late cleric’s first daughter, Sarah, said: “I am so proud of my father. Dad told me that the work of God is so beautiful to do.
“Indeed, he lived a prayerful life. I recall how he, one day, we prayed for 45 minutes, and after that my knees were aching. After that, he told me that the spirit is willing but the body is weak.
“I will truly miss our conversation. If anyone lived a fulfilling and yet enigmatic life, it was you. My dad had the biggest heart that I know of. What a life you lived! Such a legend and exemplary light!”
Another child of the deceased, Promise, said: “He lived each day like it was his last. He didn’t come to me like a surprise. Thank you for living such an exemplary life.”
Eminent personalities at the event included the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gani Adams; Nollywood actresses Ronke Ojo (aka Ronke Oshodi Oke) and Olajumoke George.
Activities for the burial of the late SCOAN founder began on Monday with a private candlelight procession.
Others include the lying-in-state on July 8, laying to rest and internment on July 9, and a thanksgiving service on July 11.