TB Joshua gets posthumous award from Yoruba group

TB Joshua

Founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) Prophet TB Joshua has bagged the Ipate Asa posthumous award from Yoruba Heritage Group.

The award ceremony was held at the Ondo State Cultural Centre over the weekend in Akure, Ondo State capital.

Also awarded were the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; state chairman of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Joseph Akinlaja; Funke Alakija and lawyer and rights activist, Kayode Ajulo.

Akeredolu was represented at the award ceremony by his chief of staff, Gbenga Ale.

At the event, Aregbesola decried poor research on African culture and tradition by Nigerian institutions.

Meanwhile, Joshua is also set to receive another post-humous award from the National Association of Ondo State Students.

Chairman of the association’s executive transition committee Mayowa Akinleye had said in a statement issued in Akure on Sunday, September 19, 2021, that the honour would be bestowed on the late clergyman during a week-long programme marking the end of the tenure of the outgoing executives of the association.

Joshua, who hailed from Arigidi-Akoko in Ondo North-east Local Government Area of Ondo State, died in Lagos on June 5 at the age of 57 after a church programme.

The students will also honour the state governor Akeredolu for regular payment of bursaries.

Mr Akinleye noted that the week-long event would begin on Monday, October 4, 2021.

Also to be honoured is a member of the House of Representatives Adedayo Omolafe representing Akure North and Akure South.

Joshua was buried in the basement of his church in Ikotun, Lagos on July 9 after a week-long funeral that was broadcast live on Emmanuel TV.

His widow Evelyn Joshua has been named leader of the church although the SCOAN is yet to open for in-person service.