A recent three-part investigative documentary by the BBC has unveiled disturbing revelations about the late Nigerian Pastor, Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly known as TB Joshua, who allegedly subjected his daughter, Ajoke, to constant abuse and torture.
In the documentary, TB Joshua’s disciples asserted that Ajoke was born outside of lawful marriage and was systematically tortured and humiliated by the late pastor. TB Joshua, perceiving her existence as a significant threat to his reputation as a man of God, allegedly orchestrated these acts.
Ajoke herself claimed to have never experienced fatherly affection from TB Joshua, asserting that her father compelled her to become a disciple, ultimately ruining her life. She expressed the difficulty of watching him preach about love and mercy while feeling estranged from such sentiments, having been raised as TB Joshua’s daughter.
The pain Ajoke endured is described as indescribable, with years of consistent abuse that seemed unending. She disclosed that other disciples actively participated in compounding her humiliation, acting like brainwashed enablers following commands without questioning or accountability.
“That kind of pain cannot be put into words. I feel like, you know, maybe I really don’t deserve to be alive. We are talking about years and years of abuse, consistent abuse, abuse that wasn’t ending,” she said.
One disciple revealed Ajoke’s status as TB Joshua’s biological daughter born outside of wedlock, growing up within the Synagogue like an outcast. The narrative surrounding Ajoke portrayed her as having evil spirits that needed to be driven out.
According to Sahara Reporters, the allegations of abuse extend over nearly 30 years within a secretive Nigerian compound, with over 25 former members, including those from the UK, Nigeria, US, South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, and Germany, providing corroborating testimonies about their experiences within the church. Some likened their experiences to being part of a cult during the three decades leading up to 2019.
Despite being hailed as one of the most influential pastors in African history upon his death in June 2021, TB Joshua’s legacy is now marred by these allegations. The BBC, in contacting the current leadership of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, received a dismissive response, stating that making unfounded allegations against Prophet TB Joshua is not new. The leadership denied the substantiation of any allegations, declining to respond to specific details.