*Wife, EVELYN, Opens Up On Their 23 Yr Old Love Story
The founder and Senior Pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua, is a man who is always in the news. On different occasions, the man of God has been in the news for different reasons. However, one aspect of the life of this highly popular, but somewhat controversial pastor is his life as a family man. In fact, not too many people are aware that Prophet T.B. Joshua is married. This is due to the fact that this aspect of his life has been shrouded in some sort of secrecy. Interestingly however, Prophet T.B. Joshua is married, and his marriage is 23 year old. He is married to a 40 year old Delta woman, Evelyn. She granted a rave interview where she spoke on how she met Prophet T.B. Joshua at the age of 17 and how she got married to the man of God. She spoke extensively on the intimate lifestyle of Prophet T.B. Joshua and her role in his ministry. An interesting part of the interview is where she revealed how Prophet T.B. Joshua proposed to her the very first time they met. It is an interesting interview. Excerpts.
How exactly did you meet Prophet T.B Joshua?
I visited a sister somewhere at Ikotun-Egbe, and, they were talking about a particular man, a prophet. It was a kind of meeting to be precise. And it’s like everybody in the gathering, or at least half of the people in the room, had actually visited him. So, they were saying a lot of good things about him. I was thrilled. At the end of the whole thing, I called a sister outside and asked whether she could take me to the prophet. I didn’t ask to go there out of curiosity. I actually needed a guide at that point in time.
Were you at any crossroads at that point in time?
Not really. I wasn’t at any crossroads, but I desperately needed a guide.
Yes, a spiritual guide. A counselor.
Could you tell us the church where you were worshipping?
I was in Assemblies of God Church.
What things were people talking about that made you get interested in him?
Many things. This one said he prayed for him and things became okay from there. Another said her life was at a bend but straightened up when she met him. You know things like that. So, we went there. Unfortunately, we did not meet him at home. But looking back now, I thank God that we didn’t meet him that day.
Because that would have been the end of this story.
Why would it have been the end of the story?
It would have been because what he told me that very first day that I set my eyes on him, if the sister was there, I would have believed that maybe she had gone behind me to tell him all about me. And that would have ruined it.
So, did the man of God tell you the story of your life?
Yes, of course.
Without any pre-knowledge of who you were?
Yes. Some months after, I visited him that was in 1990. I could remember that day was a public holiday. I remember also how I nearly lost my way because I had never been to the place before, except that day I went with the sister.
That is to say, this time you went alone?
Yes, I did. I went alone. But before I was able to locate the place, it was a bit difficult for me. When I got into the waiting room, I met two men waiting to see him. Before this time, the idea that I had about a prophet was that of an old man with a white, long beard and things like that. So, on that day, I was reading a novel that I came with when I suddenly saw someone come into the room, pick one or two things and went back. But the shadow of whatever I saw was not that of an old man.
Did you greet him?
No, I didn’t even look at his face. But when he left, one of the two men was telling the other one, ‘that’s him. That’s him.’ I looked up but he had gone. They went into the consulting room before me. Finally, it was my turn, and I went in there. We sat opposite each other. And, he was gazing at me for about a minute and some seconds. I gazed at him, too. Transfixed as I was, I noticed that there was a piece of paper before him. Still looking at me, he wrote the word, ‘Ejide’, on it. (Transliterated, Eji de- twin has come). Lest I forget, I’m a twin.
And before then, you had not told him anything about yourself?
No, we were just looking at each other until he, at a time, wrote my name on the piece of paper. So, we started talking. He told me a lot of things about myself, both things that I knew, and those that I never knew. I was shocked. He told me about my family, about my past, my present and my future. Altogether, we spent about 45 minutes. At the end of the whole thing, he spoke to me in Yoruba and said: Joo ma binu o. Ma ro pe bi mo se nba gbogbo eniyan ti o ba wa s’odo me soro ni eleyi o. mi o ni ale, me o dee fee ni ale. Sugbon, se oo fe mi? (Transliterated, this means: please, don’t be annoyed. Don’t think this is how I talk to everyone that comes to me. I don’t want to have a concubine. But will you marry me?).
Just like that?
Just like that. It was strange, but that gives us an insight into what the Scripture says that the Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. I think that was it. That was how I met him. Some months later, I asked him why he thought it was right seeing a lady for the first time and going on to propose to her. He said he had seen me four days before that very day.
I don’t know
In his dream?
I don’t know.
Or was it a revelation?
Honestly, I don’t know.
Okay, let’s go back to the time you entered his consulting room. At that particular moment, what was going on in your mind?
A lot of things. In the first place, I was expecting to see an elderly man.
But instead you saw a dashing, handsome, young man?
(Laughs). Oh yes! That was it.
He too must have been captivated by a ravishing beauty like you…?
(Laughs again…) I wouldn’t know. But like I told you, he wrote my name on the piece of paper before him. That was the first thing that really shocked me. And the fact that he proposed to me the first time that we met without waiting to know some things about me.
Wait a minute. Don’t you think that one of your friends could have had contact with him and told him about you?
Unfortunately, I don’t have friends. As I told you, it was a sister that I visited who took me there in the first place. So, there is no way anybody could have gone to tell him about me. And, when I was going there the second time, she wasn’t there. I went alone.
Why did you choose to leave where you were worshipping?
I’ve told you how I got to know about him. I told you too, that I didn’t go there out of curiosity. I needed a guide, whom, I believe, I could get from the prophet. That’s why I went.
In what area of your life did you need a guide before you went to him? Was it on marriage, business etc.? what area?
You know, life is full of challenges. As a young lady, I knew God was there. I have a Creator and I know He can guide me into the right path. So, I wouldn’t say business or marriage drove me to him. I just needed someone to guide me into the right path in life.