But for his sudden death on Saturday, June 5, 2021, Nigerian televangelist, Prophet TB Joshua, would have turned 58 in a week’s time.
The controversial preacher died in the evening of Saturday, June 5, at age 57, exactly a week to the celebration of his birthday.
In a video widely shared on social media, the Synagogue Church of All Nations preacher was seen heartily speaking about his upcoming birthday.
He stated in the video that rather than a grand celebration as many would have expected, the day is to be dedicated for prayer and fasting and also in remembrance of the needy in society.
He suggested that the reason for the decision not to hold a grand celebration is because of some recent developments affecting people all around Nigeria and across the world possibly in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As you know, I am a man of the people. So, the wound of one is the wound of all…We see their fear and their worry. I feel their pain; I feel their worry,” he remarked, adding that, “As things stand, you may have realised it will not be easy for me to celebrate my birthday under the present circumstances.”
He said many who wanted to visit Nigeria for the occasion “are troubled by the situation all over the world”.
“Let us dedicate this day to prayer and fasting. Don’t forget the needy,” TB Joshua continued, expressing confidence that “by the grace of God, more birthdays are ahead.”
The death of TB Joshua has come as a surprise to many especially as he held a meeting with church partners earlier in the day before his death.
According to Nigeria’s The Cable news website, TB Joshua was airlifted to Turkey for stroke treatment two months ago.
His church in confirming the death and acknowledging his service and sacrifices to the kingdom of God and humanity, did not state the cause of death.