Emmanuel TV is Africa's largest and most viewed Christian television network with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. Founded by T.B. Joshua, Pastor of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), in Lagos, Nigeria, it is also the most subscribed Christian ministry channel on YouTube worldwide with well over 400,000 subscribers. It was founded on March 8, 2006.
In the late 1990s, The SCOAN began gaining international attention due to the distribution of video cassettes, showing clips of Joshua’s early ministry and alleged miracles. Additionally, Joshua began airing regular programs purporting to show ‘miracles’ on local Nigerian television. However, when Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), under the instruction of then President Olusegun Obasanjo controversially banned the showing of ‘miracles’, in 2004, most of his programs were taken off air. This eventually paved the way for the emergence of Emmanuel TV in March 2006.
Since its inception, Emmanuel TV has broadcast Christian programmes, stating that its mission is 'to preach the Good News to all mankind.' From humble beginnings, it has rapidly grown to become one of Africa’s most well known brands and popular television stations. In its profile on Joshua, the BBC described him as "Nigeria's best known televangelist".
Emmanuel TV broadcasts a range of programmes from The Synagogue, Church of All Nations. It has gained a reputation for being a Christian station that does not run any on-air campaigns for financial assistance and among the only Christian stations that does not syndicate programs of other pastors.
Some Emmanuel TV programs include:
'Standard For Life' is a series of sermons from T.B. Joshua. Following each sermon is a purported demonstration of 'God’s power in action' showing documented testimonies of lives transformed after receiving healing, deliverance or prophecy at The SCOAN.
‘God Is Still Saying Something’ is a compilation of alleged prophecies concerning individuals, nations and the world given by T.B. Joshua, together with their confirmations. Several of Joshua's international 'prophecies' attracted huge media attention, subsequently spawning viral videos on YouTube.
Regular broadcasts of The SCOAN's extensive humanitarian ministry is aired on Emmanuel TV, usually carried out by 'Emmanuel TV Partners', showing both local and international aid rendered in deprived or disaster-ridden areas or to less privileged individuals.
Every Sunday service at The SCOAN is broadcast live on Emmanuel TV. The service usually lasts the entire day and is one of Emmanuel TV's most popular broadcasts.
TB Joshua with his team have travelled for two days journey to :Colombia (2014), Olympic Stadium in Cali, Colombia
South Korea (2005 | 2016), with Pastors Conference broadcast on Emmanuel TV.
Peru (2016), Lima.
Indonesia (2007), at Graha Bethany Church, Surabaya, Indonésie (link).
Australia (2006), Sydney, Australia (link).
The channel regularly airs testimonials of individuals who claim to have received healing, breakthrough or deliverance in some form by either visiting Joshua’s church or using the ‘Morning Water’ he claims is anointed.
Emmanuel TV is also found on DStv Channel 390 where Biblical Readings, Testimonies, Teaching and Christian Kids Programmes like Cartoons which are mainly about the Bible and Jesus Christ are found.
Emmanuel TV is broadcast worldwide on various satellites. Its programmes air weekly on a number of local television stations across Africa, debuting on DStv and GOtv in November 2015, as well as Startimes in February 2016. It's playout centre is located in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Emmanuel TV's motto is 'Changing lives, changing nations, changing the world.' The station is also known for its catch-phrase, ‘Distance Is Not A Barrier’, encouraging viewers to ‘pray along’ with T.B. Joshua by ‘touching the screen’. There are several claims of people receiving miraculous 'healing' through these prayers, including popular Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh who said Joshua's prayers ended her 14-year smoking addiction.
T.B. Joshua has donated televisions to prisons and hospitals so that they will be able to watch the Emmanuel TV broadcasts.
Emmanuel TV's YouTube Channel is the most subscribed Christian ministry YouTube channel worldwide and the third most subscribed in Nigeria, having amassed more than 400,000 subscribers and over 170 millions views since its inception. Google ranked one of Emmanuel TV's YouTube videos as the fourth most viewed clip ever within Nigeria.
A Ghanaian psychiatrist in UK was controversially sacked from the NHS after recommending Emmanuel TV to a patient with a history of 'satanic abuse', although later cleared of any wrongdoing by a tribunal.