When a rich and powerful man passes on in Nigeria, it is prevalent for his widow to fight tooth and nail to keep his wealth. Sadly, this has been the reality for Evelyn Joshua, the widow of Prophet TB Joshua, the late founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN). His widow has resulted in battling church members and top leaders of SCOAN over the church finance and who is to take over as the general overseer. This comes after she fought TB, Joshua’s brothers and the monarch of Arigidi Akoko of Ondo state who insisted that the prophet must be buried in his place of birth and not Lagos.
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Evelyn Joshua won that battle and laid her husband to rest in the church premises at Ikotun, Lagos. However, little did the mother of 3 knows that this was only the begging of her battle. While making arrangements for a befitting burial for her late husband, about 15 to 20 top leaders of the church, including prophets and prophetess, were busy looting the church vault with Ghana-must-go bags like covid-19 palliative.
As if that wasn’t enough, these leaders reportedly stood in the way of the late Prophet widow from taking over the church’s affairs and secretly planned a coup to remove her from a place of authority in the ministry. After a few hassles and with the help and support of those loyal to her late husband, Evelyn Joshua was officially named the Chairperson of the SCOAN Board of Trustees and leader of the church by a federal high court in Lagos.
With Evelyn Joshua now running the church’s affairs, she has taken steps to secure the church’s major assets. According to BBC Pidgin, she has evicted disloyal disciples and used Nigeria’s Anti-graft agency, EFCC, to witch-hunt all top leaders responsible for looting the church vault.
Will Evelyn Joshua win this battle despite claims by Church members that late TB Joshua never anointed his wife to succeed him?