Traders around the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) have disclosed that their businesses have taken a downward turn since the death of the founder, Prophet Temitope Balogun (T.B) Joshua.
TB Joshua, Nigerian pastor, televangelist, philanthropist, leader, and founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, passed on June 5, 2021, at the age of 57
On the one-year anniversary of his death, Newsbreak.ng spoke with some traders around Ejigbo/Egbe area of Ikotun, Lagos state on life after his death.
‘TB Joshua Took Our Businesses With Him’
A trader who sells Bibles and other spiritual items at Ejigbo, a few meters away from SCOAN, Moses Agatha, said that since the death of the founder, Prophet TB Joshua, businesses have been slow.
“While we are sad today being the one year anniversary of Prophet TB Joshua’s death, we are also happy. Since he died, this is the first time people have been much in this place. And this means business is good today. Since he died, he took our sales with him. People no longer worship here like before and that affected us. You can ask around too. It is the same,” he said.
Another trader, Mrs Adeagbo, shared the same sentiment with Moses.
According to her, “Sales is no longer what it used to be since the death of the founder. A lot of people came here for miracles but most of them have gone to other churches. I know three of my customers that no longer come here.”
Emeka, another trader who spoke with Newsbreak.ng said some of his co-traders have left the area for Winners Chapel in Ota because they can’t meet up with sales.
“Some of my friends left already for Winners Chapel. They complained about the drop in sales but they are doing fine over there. Many people stopped coming here after Prophet (TB Joshua) died.
‘No Hope For Booming Business Again’
Akintade, a female trader has already lost hope of a return to the good old days for businesses around that axis due to the death of TB Joshua.
She said, “Let us be sincere with ourselves. TB Joshua’s church opened the businesses around this place. A lot of us came here to attend to the members who kept coming.
“Now, it is so quiet here. Do you know how many dozens of table water I sold in the past? From Mondays to Sundays, everything was busy because it was one service after the other. Now, that is in the past.