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TB Joshua’s daughter says she was constantly abused by late prophet

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TB Joshua's daughter says she was constantly abused by late prophet

Daughter of late Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly called TB Joshua, Ajoke, has narrated how her father and his disciples constantly abused her from when she was just seven years of age, and later abandoned her at 19.

Joshua, a controversial prophet and founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), died on June 5, 2021, aged 57.

On Monday, the BBC Africa Eye published a three-part documentary containing accounts of abuse, rape and torture by former church members.

In the documentary, some of the former church members, who were known as TB Joshua’s disciples, narrated how the cleric allegedly manipulated, raped, tortured, and forced them to commit abortions.

Ajoke, one of Joshua’s daughtes, was also featured in the documentary.

According to the BBC, little is known about Ajoke’s mother, who was believed to be one of TB Joshua’s congregants. But she was raised by Evelyn, Joshua’s widow.

Ajoke told the BBC that she had a very happy childhood and went on holidays with Joshua’s family to Dubai.

However, according to her, things changed for her when she was suspended from school for a misdemeanor, and a local journalist wrote an article, wherein she was described as the “illegitimate” child of the cleric.

She said she was pulled out of school and taken to the church in Lagos at age seven.

Ajoke told the BBC that she was taken to the disciples’ room in the church and forced to be part of the group.

In the documentary, the cleric’s daughter said her father brainwashed the disciples to the point that nobody could question his actions and instructions.

“The disciples were both brainwashed and enablers. Everybody was just acting based on command — like zombies. Nobody was questioning anything,” she said.

“My dad had fear, constant fear. He was very afraid that someone would speak up.”

Ajoke narrated how she suffered consistent abuse from her father in the church because “my existence as a child from another mother undermined everything he claimed to stand for”.

She was beaten for wetting the bed at age seven and then forced to walk around the compound with a sign around her neck that read: “I am a bedwetter”.

Rae, one of TB Joshua’s former disciples, narrated how the cleric shouted at Ajoke for sleeping too long and then another disciple took her to the shower and “whipped her with an electrical cord and then turned the hot water on”.

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At 17, Ajoke went to her father’s office and challenged him about his sexual abuse of the disciples.

“I couldn’t take it any more. I walked directly into his office on that very day. I shouted at the top of my voice: ‘Why are you doing this? Why are you hurting all these women?” She asked.

“I had lost every iota of fear for this man. He tried to stare me down, but I was looking in his eyes.”

After challenging her father, the cleric started hitting her and then others joined the assault, she said.

After the assault, she was dragged out to the office and put in a room away from the church, where she lived for more than a year.

At age 19, she was escorted to the front gates of the church by security guards and left there. The guards told her that she was never to be allowed inside the church.

Afterwards, she became homeless and had to survive from the streets.

 

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