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Nigeria: The prophet who speaks to our leaders

All of Africa is talking about the prophet who predicted the death last month of Malawi’s president.

Patrick KabwelaThe Herald (Zimbabwe)

All of Africa is talking about the prophet who predicted the death last month of Malawi’s president, Bingu wa Mutharika, said Patrick Kabwela. But that was hardly the first correct revelation by T.B. Joshua, head of the Synagogue Church of All Nations. The church has put each of Joshua’s prophecies, including the death of Michael Jackson and Zambia’s win in an African soccer tournament, up on its website. “If what he said had never come to pass, he would have been dismissed long ago by all and sundry.” Yet this Nigerian televangelist commands the respect of our leaders. President John Atta Mills of Ghana and Zimbab-wean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have prayed with Joshua, and Zimbabwe’s top soccer executive, Cuthbert Dube, rose from his wheelchair after visiting him. Joshua is no charlatan: It’s obvious that “a higher hand is with him, in him, speaking and working through him.” The question for Africans is “whether the force is of good or evil, whether inspired by God Almighty, the Creator of the whole earth, or Satan, the destroyer.” Some despise him and fear his influence over African leaders. Many more speak of him with rapture and devotion. What we can all agree on, though, is that the continent is in his thrall.

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