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Tourism operators in the country joined the rest of the world to celebrate the life and legacy of Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) as he was laid to rest in Lagos, Friday. They extolled the good virtues of the philanthropist who passed away at 59. He would have turned 60 on June 12. Joshua a popular televangelist impacted on families and businesses in his Ikotun neighbourhood, a Lagos suburb. Generally, people said they would miss him. One restaurant operator who operate a makeshift eatery in the area said, Ah! Prophet’s death is a great loss. I don’t want to think about it.”
In deed, thee death of T.B. Joshua had left many around the world with shock. The life and times of the well sought after prophet
who had touched many lives around the world is being revisited as he goes home today. Kaftan Post reported that some of the several tributes by travel and tourism practitioners who had close contacts with the preacher. A tourism enthusiast, Bola Seun, who joined other mourners at SCOAN said Prophet TB Joshua was one of the reasons he ventured into Tourism. You’re one of the reasons I ventured into Tourism. Thank you for your teachings about Love, faith and contentment.” Adding: ” Prophet, you’re forever in my heart.
“Justina Okpanku, CEO, JUSTOURS & News and a multi- award wining travel journalist, alsi took to her Facebook page to say that TB Joshua’s exit was a minus to the industry.
“Oh God’ TB Joshua dead!!! Nigeria Tourism will miss this religious Tourism/pilgrimage icon. A lot of us may have benefited in one way or the other, directly or indirectly from TB Joshua’s Ministry/Emmanuel TV.”
The Tourism ambassador spoke on the reputation of the preacher while attending the United Nations World Tourism event in Seoul Korea in 2005.
“South Koreans showered us with love once they realized we were TB Joshua’s people at Seoul in May, 2005.
“We (Nigerian delegation) participated at UNTWO Step Foundation. The many outdoor billboards on the streets of Seoul had Prophet TB Joshua’s photos at the time and he is from Nigeria. No doubt, he added value to Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace,” Okpanku concluded.
Another Tourism expert and consultant, Okorie Uguru, who is also a resident of the neighbourhood and had close ties with the departed preacher, posted on his Facebook wall.
“Man of God, when the NIHOTOUR team and I met you last month, this was not what you told me. There was something you said you will do on June 12th, your birthday, but we give glory to God for your life,” Uguru said.
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