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Nigerian preacher TB Joshua deletes prophecy of Clinton win

  • 9 November 2016
  • From the section Africa
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Image caption TB Joshua is one of Africa's most influential evangelists, with top politicians among his followers

A prediction by influential Nigerian TV evangelist TB Joshua that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidential election has been removed from his Facebook account.

Mr Joshua told his congregation on Sunday that he "saw" a woman winning.

After Donald Trump convincingly won Tuesday's vote, visitors to the preacher's Facebook page noticed the prophecy had been removed.

The wealthy pastor is known as "the prophet" to his many followers.

He is one of Nigeria's best-known and influential evangelists - and is popular across Africa, with many top politicians among his flock.

The US election prediction was broadcast on Mr Joshua's TV channel Emmanuel TV, which an individual uploaded to YouTube.

A section of that "prophecy" was posted on the preacher's Facebook page but is no longer available.

"Ten days ago I saw the president of America with a narrow win... What I frankly saw was a woman," it said.

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Image caption Some news sites in Nigeria took a screen grab of the post on Monday
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Image caption On Wednesday, the post was not showing on sites that had embedded it - like Ghana's Citi FM

TB Joshua has been trending on Twitter across Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa as people shared memes poking fun at his prediction.

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People have also taken to a Facebook entry he posted on Wednesday to complain.

Clive Mashiri from South Africa asked: "Why was the prophecy deleted? If this was uttered by the man of God, why remove it?"

Though some have defended him.

"I will always believe in your prophesies, through thick and thin," said South African Gugu Mathonsi.

Many people believe TB Joshua has supernatural powers, which include healing and prophecy.

Ghana's late President John Atta Mills said in a speech at TB Joshua's thanksgiving service after winning an election in 2008 that he had consulted the preacher through his campaign.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli and Malawi's former leader Joyce Banda have also paid homage to him in the past.


TB Joshua:

  • Founded Synagogue, Church of All Nations in the 1990s
  • Runs Christian television station Emmanuel TV
  • The ministry professes to heal all manner of illnesses
  • Controversially this includes HIV/Aids
  • Known as the "Prophet" by his followers
  • Tours Africa, the US, the UK and South America

Profile: Nigerian preacher TB Joshua

In pictures: TB Joshua's ministry in 2005


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