“Is it Africa? Is it Africa? It is!” These were the words that came from the commentator’s mouth in the dying seconds of that historical game – it was a moment which will be forever etched in the hearts of all those that watched the match. Friday 16thOctober, 2009 was a special day for all Africans who tuned in to watch the live World Cup Match – Ghana’s Black Satellite’s versus Brazil. Ghana became the first African team to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. It was indeed Africa! With celebrations underway in Ghana and other nations of Africa, a much publicised issue seemed to overtake and almost overshadow the African victory. Rather than news media focusing on the African victory, TB Joshua became the focus of their attention.

TB Joshua had apparently spoken to Coach Sellas Tetteh before and during the match and with his prophetic insight guided the Black Satellite’s to a World Cup victory through telephone conversations by specifying which player should take the penalty shoot-outs. Everything was recorded and played during the live service on Emmanuel TV with footage showing TB Joshua speaking with both Coach Tetteh and the Number 10 player whom he advised should play the first penalty. It was a surprise to many. Controversy was sparked.

Many Ghana media criticised TB Joshua of proclaiming he was the reason for the Black Satellite’s victory against Brazil. Angry insults were hurled at the Nigerian Prophet and things really got out of hand with many believing that this event had undermined men of God in Ghana and Ghanaians in general. Knowing that there are always two sides to a story, it was quite surprising to hear little from the accused himself – TB Joshua. Perhaps being a man of God, he chose not to retaliate. Having listened to TB Joshua talk concerning the event, I was humbled by his own account. “The coach called me in the morning of the battle in Egypt and said I should join them in prayers. I considered this as a great honour because there are many great men of God in Ghana that had also been standing in the gap for the team. And I was one of these called to join in prayer for the team. There are great men of God in Ghana. We are all prayer warriors…”

During his Sunday service broadcast live on Emmanuel TV, TB Joshua actually modestly stated that he was the least of the pastors and that he felt humbled that God would use him when there are greater men of God in Ghana. He further stated, “One thing you must know about ministers of God, we cannot change God’s opinion. We can only know God’s will concerning the situation and when we know God’s will concerning the situation, we tell you. When we tell you, it will help you to guard against mistake and error. We are servants; we are just being used”.

Does this sound like someone who is claiming glory for himself? TB Joshua recognises himself as a servant of God. A true man of God boasts not in what he does for God but boasts in what God does in his life and he never exalts himself above God. TB Joshua never for a moment exalted himself but sought and spoke the mind of God – nothing more. As he said, “The secret is that there is no way I will come out and say, we will win. But what I can do, as a man of God, is to seek the mind of God concerning any situation and interpret the mind of God correctly without removing or adding anything. That is the work of prophets – to deliver God’s message as you receive it,”

TB Joshua - We are who, where and what we are by grace. Let no man boast.
TB Joshua - We are who, where and what we are by grace. Let no man boast.

I was quite saddened by the discrimination this Nigerian pastor faced on the basis of his nationality, particularly as he himself believed, in this event, that as men of God, they were all united in one spirit and one body to pray for the nation Ghana and their players – the Black Satellite’s. Being a Ghanaian myself, I have to admit that I was ashamed at undeserved criticism and treatment he received. Why did it matter that God used a Nigerian pastor to guide a Ghanaian victory? Indeed I am sure that if God had used a man of God who happened to be Ghanaian to successfully guide a Nigerian World Cup victory, we would not complain. This would have been a perfect occasion to prove our African unity amongst other nations of the world.

I humbly address my people, Ghanaians – let us stop criticizing one another out of jealousy, ignorance or misunderstandings. I believe that if we embrace pastors, men of God and prophets from other nations in humility, that God will exalt us as a nation to accomplish great feats which extend way beyond football!

By: Kwabina Owusu-Darko

Development / Ghana / Africa /

Source: Kwabina Owusu-Darko

Credit to TB Joshua

It is good to know that something positive can come out of Nigeria beyond 419, drug trafficking and prostitution. Joshua is helping to polish our image abroad. Let’s give him our support.

Matthew Okonkwo,

Pastor T.B. Joshua is a genuine man of God. First it was Fredrick Chiluba of Zambia, then came Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and now, President John Attah Mills of Ghana. I believe that there is something about Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua which we can’t see with the naked eyes.

Balogun Ojo,

It is becoming increasingly difficult for anybody to doubt the prophetic powers of Pastor T.B Joshua. The man has powers but that’s all we know about him. It is now left for the man upstairs to judge if the powers are celestial or terrestrial.

Ademola Adebola,

It is unimaginable to see big-time politicians prostrate and tremble before a discredited man of God like Pastor T.B. Joshua. I am sure that this man has found the right formula to browbeat these guys to submission. Well, who am I to judge? Na God go judge.

Halidu Balogun,

I believe that T.B Joshua is a genuine man of God. I also know that he has healed so many sick and frustrated people. Joshua is real and all those who are against him must learn to look before they criticize, else they incur the wrath of God. For we walk by faith and not by sight…

Josiah Ajibode,
Apapa, Lagos

Whether T.B Joshua is real or not is irrelevant. What is important is that the man has done well to earn good foreign exchange for Nigeria. A visit to the Synagogue will reveal a horde of white folks and foreign religious tourists. It’s a matter of dollars, pounds sterling and euro!

Mohammed Bala,

Prophet T.B. Joshua has shown his divine competence by predicting the emergence of President John Atta Mills of Ghana. It shows that the man is really God-sent.

Tope Oguntuase,
Lekki, Lagos.

I think it is high time Nigerians stopped criticizing this prophet of God named Joshua. If we fail to believe in his gospel, only foreigners will continue to enjoy the grace of his prophecy.

Femi Adeale,

I have great admiration for Prophet Temitope Joshua, especially his large-heartedness. I wish all other men of God were like him. I will not join those who continue to speculate about the source of his powers and the genuineness of his miracles. I believe he is real and this is the reason why people flock to him from all parts of the world. Well done Joshua.

Istifanus Joshua,


I have never being to Synagogue before nor do I plan to attend in nearest future but I believe that it is better to do good things (miracles) than evil.

But doing miracles regardless on how anyone slice or dice it is far better than those pastors who use name of God and his message to amass wealth and deceive people just give more money. They (fake ones) build Universities that ordinary folks children in their churches cannot go because of huge tuition, they ride in mega millions jets when their congregation were parked in moles, they build mega structures in the name of God only to be pass on them on to their children and wives when they die. They advertise themselves and family on the billboards instead of HIS messages.

Emma Eregare

T B Joshua is doing good things which are commendable, he is healing the sick and feeding the poor, but these deeds does not make a Christian. is he born again. That you call in the name of Jesus for miracles does not make a Christian, miracles can happen to unbelievers too, at least the sun on the good and bad alike. One latest fear have now is his romance with world leaders who may not necessarily have the fear of God. It is only to prove that he is succumbing now to the powers after supposedly falling prey to the domain of principalities. a Christian’s basic work is to believe in the finished work of Christ, miracles are only additives it does not make any one man of God since the devil can still heal and do signs and wonders, remember sign are for unbelievers the bible say. i want ask which church did the prophet attend, how did he get born again, apart from him long spell at fasting to get his powers when and where did he get his nurturing as a young Christian?

Etienne Tawong

Even Jesus Christ who was without sin was still criticized. So, the criticisms are normal for unbelievers. Some people want to see but Jesus speaking before they believe but they don’t know that HE speaks through HIS servants. Some will want to know how these miracles happen before they believe but the through is that God will never reveal how it happens, and even the scientists cannot be able to determine that.


TB Joshua’s practical Christianity is a source of inspiration and motivation for me. When I watch his broadcasts, I am always left encouraged, edified and challenged to do more in my Christian life and service.

The most touching aspect is his charitable works. He has reset the standard of biblical Christianity, proving that it is very possible to live a biblical lifestyle in the midst of the flamboyancy and fallacies of this world. It is about time other pastors started to learn from him, instead of blindly criticizing.


A touching tale penned by TB Joshua recounting experiences in his early life that served to prepare him for the task ahead.

In our spiritual walk with the Lord, we have good times and hard times. When the going is good, we say we are in good times. When the going is tough, we say we are experiencing hard times. Remember, life itself is a mission. While we are on the go, we need to stop between steps, to re-focus on the Word and the Will of God.

While we are on the go, I mean, while we are on the mission, we need to sometimes stop at intervals to assess our progress and prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead.

Certain challenges on our way usually make us stop awhile – I mean, for a moment. When you stop awhile, you are not down. What are these challenges? They could come in the form of sickness, failure, setback, imprisonment, poverty. For instance, if I receive a sack letter from my very lucrative job, there is a natural tendency for me to cry and lament, if I do not view the situation from the maturity that comes from faith. It takes faith to realise that the situation is a mere stopping interval – a short break between two events.

I do not need to go very far to cite or give an example of what I am saying because my experience in life is enough to illustrate this philosophy or principle of life. As we said earlier, many things could cause one to stop between steps. I could still remember vividly when I sat for and passed the entrance examination into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. I was

"I was invited for the interview and I had to board the train from Lagos to Kaduna."

invited for the interview and I had to board the train from Lagos to Kaduna. Behold, on our journey the train developed some serious faults that kept us in the bush in Jebba for six horrible days with little or no provision. Remember, I was going for an interview that was billed to hold the following day. I was on the railway line in Jebba while the interview was going on in Kaduna and there was nothing I could do to help the situation as I lacked the means to arrange for an alternative way of transporting myself to the venue of the interview, so I missed the whole thing.

This was how the ambition to enlist into the military was aborted by what was obviously an act of fate. Who knows what would have happened if I had successfully attended that interview. I actually felt very bitter I had missed another chance of making it in life.

With a very heavy heart I went to the village to complain to my mother of how so many opportunities had slipped by. Little would I have reasoned that it was one of those stops between steps in my spiritual walk with God until my mother did her best to calm me down, saying: “My son, do not mind the seeming appearance of things as of today. If I am ever confident of any child, you are that child. Do not be afraid of what the future holds for you, because I know if anyone is destined to fail, you are not the one. So, be patient and you would see what God would do in your life. I am so sure of your future breakthrough, considering the strength of the predictions and prophecies about you even before you were born. I cannot forget so easily what I experienced when I was pregnant with you, and I know God cannot lie. My son, whatever you may be going through today, just take it as a temporary setback, meant to prepare you for the challenges ahead. Don’t forget your name is “Temitope” and, by the grace of God, the whole world shall have the cause to thank God for your sake.”

After this encounter with my mother, I began to look at whatever came my way with a more mature mind whose focus was on God alone. I mean, the maturity that comes from faith in the finished works of our Lord Jesus Christ. My case was already settled in Heaven. Here I am today in your midst; I can boast of what God is doing for us. Hallelujah! You are all witnesses.

In my spiritual walk with God I have experienced both good and hard times.

Who knows what would have happened if those temporary stops did not come at intervals. Consider how my education suffered epileptic fits; today I am in school, the next day I am out. Remember, when God is executing His plan in our lives, He also designs and arranges events which continue to unfold until His purpose is revealed. The ups and downs in my education were part of the events that revealed the purpose of God in my life. Remember, the man who is poor is not the man that has no money, but one without a dream. They are suffering that have no dream. They are poor that have no dream.

Before I knew it, I had gone around six different colleges in less than one year. I enrolled for the examinations of JAMB (Joint Admission and Matriculation Board) four times and on each occasion it was either I forgot my acknowledgement card and other necessary documents or there was an accident on the way to the exam venues. People who saw what was happening to me simply attributed my predicament to either sin or non-seriousness on my part. But those with the maturity that comes from faith, like my mother, saw it as mere stopping intervals or natural stops in my spiritual walk with God.

In James 4:7, we are told to submit ourselves to God and resist the devil. If we examine carefully our attitudes toward certain situations, we would see how much we willingly submit ourselves to the devil each time we view things with the maturity that comes from the experience rather than of faith. The maturity that comes from experience is based on what is seen, what is heard and what circumstances look like. When your maturity is derived from circumstantial factors other than faith, your level of maturity would continue to fluctuate rather than being stable. This is why I am enabled to maintain a balance and stable approach to the challenges that come my way every day. I am not moved by what people say or do concerning my relationship with God. I submit myself to His direct will which is good and perfect with no evil in it.

Sometimes, God uses foolish things to strengthen our desire for Him.

In Luke 22:32, Jesus said to Peter, “I pray that your faith would not fail”. This means, all men make mistakes but people of God get back up. Certainly we would fall, but with Jesus supporting our position, we would soon get back up.