Emmanuel TV

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Emmanuel TV
Emmanuel TV Logo.jpg
LaunchedMarch 8, 2006
Owned byEmmanuel Global Network
Picture format575i (SD - Africa)
480i (SD - US)
Slogan"Changing Lives, Changing Nations, Changing The World"
Broadcast areaAfrica
North/Central America
Parts of Europe
Asia Pacific
HeadquartersThe Synagogue Church Of All Nations
Lagos, Nigeria
WebsiteEmmanuel TV
Glorystar Christian Satellite
North America
Channel 110
Streaming media

Emmanuel TV is a Christian television network[1] 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 997,000 subscribers.[2] 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.[3] 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.'[4] 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".[5]


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.[6]

Emmanuel TV DStv Channel[edit]

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,[7] as well as Startimes in February 2016.[8] 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’,[9] 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,[10][11] including popular Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh who said Joshua's prayers ended her 14-year smoking addiction.[12]

T.B. Joshua has donated televisions to prisons and hospitals so that they will be able to watch the Emmanuel TV broadcasts.[13][14]

YouTube Channel[edit]

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 900,000 subscribers and over 300 millions views since its inception. Google ranked one of Emmanuel TV's YouTube videos as the fourth most viewed clip ever within Nigeria.[15]


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.[16]


  1. ^ "Africa International Film Festival In Nigeria". The Munich Eye (Germany). 2016-02-27.
  2. ^ Bruce, James (2015-04-15). "Skewed Stats". WORLD Magazine (USA).
  3. ^ Olukoya, Sam (2004-06-08). "Nigerians Divided By TV Miracle Ban". BBC.
  4. ^ "Who We Are". TB Joshua. Emmanuel TV website. Archived from the original on 5 August 2009.
  5. ^ Oladipo, Tomi (2014-09-17). "TB Joshua: Nigeria's best known televangelist". BBC.
  6. ^ Baker, Helen (2016-08-03). "Emmanuel TV: Celebrating A Decade Of Blessings". PM News (Nigeria).
  7. ^ Nkawihe, Maurice (14 November 2015). "TB Joshua's Emmanuel TV Goes On DStv And GOtv". Nyasa Times (Malawi). Archived from the original on 10 March 2016.
  8. ^ Akwaja, Chima (2016-02-06). "Startimes Unveils Extra Special Offer for Subscribers". All Africa.
  9. ^ Petesch, Carley (2014-04-19). "Nigeria Preacher: Healer or Controversial Leader". Associated Press.
  10. ^ Osazuwa, Nosa (2011-11-14). "Watching Emmanuel TV Works Miracles?". Modern Ghana.
  11. ^ Allotey, Henry (2013-11-19). "Emmanuel TV, A Channel Of Hope". Ghana Web.
  12. ^ Ogunjimi, Opeoluwani (2012-08-31). "TB Joshua's Prayers Ended My 14 Year Smoking Addiction - Tonto Dike". Vanguard (Nigeria).
  13. ^ T.B. Joshua Donates TV Sets To Khami Maximum Security Prison NewsDay, Sunday 12 June 2011
  14. ^ Prophet T.B. Joshua Makes Donation To Accra Psychiatric Hospital Ghana News Agency, Sunday, 11 December 2011
  15. ^ Mohammed, Amina (2015-05-21). "Patience Jonathan's "There is God" video Nigeria's most viewed YouTube clip ever – Google". Premium Times (Nigeria).
  16. ^ Robertson, Alexander (2016-02-11). "NHS Doctor Who Told Woman Victim Of 'Satanic Abuse' That She Needed An EXORCISM Won't Be Struck Off". Daily Mail (UK).

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