Latest Election of Archbishops in the Church of Nigeria

13 September 2007 - Print Version

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Thursday, September 13,  2007

Shortly after the Episcopal Synod held on Wednesday 12th September, at the Osogbo Youth Chapel of the Diocese of Osun, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Peter Akinola announced the election of the Rt. Rev. Edmund Akanya of Kebbi Diocese and Rt. Rev. Benjamin Kwashi of Jos Diocese as Archbishops of Kaduna and Jos ecclesiastical provinces respectively. They replace Most Rev. J. Idowu-Fearon and Most Rev. Emmanuel Mani whose five year tenure as archbishops, ends in January 2008.

The Synod re-elected five incumbent archbishops of different provinces. They are: 

1.    The Most Rev. Maxwell Anikwenwa, of Awka Diocese as Archbishop of the Niger province.

2.    The Most Rev. Ephraim Ademowo, of Lagos Diocese as Archbishop of Lagos province.

3.    The Most Rev. Bennett Okoro, of Orlu Diocese as Archbishop of Owerri province.

4.    The Most Rev. Samuel Abe, of Ekiti Diocese as Archbishop of Ondo province.

5.    The Most Rev. Joseph Akinfenwa, of Ibadan Diocese as Archbishop of Ibadan province.

Four suffragan (assisting) bishops were also elected for CANA, the church’s mission in America.


The Venerable AkinTunde Popoola
Director Communication


In the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) an ecclesiastical province is made up of at least seven dioceses. There are presently ten such provinces each headed by a Provincial Archbishop

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  1. Graham Kings Says:

    The headline on the Church of Nigeria website is ‘2 Archbishops Changed, 5 Re-elected’.

    Josiah Idowu-Fearon, currently Archbishop of Kaduna, was one of the two who were changed. He was a member of the Lambeth Commission, which produced The Windsor Report, and recently, on 26 July 2007, had been installed as a ‘Six Preacher of Canterbury Cathedral’:

    For news of his installation as a Six Preacher at Canterbury Cathedral, see:

    For news of an Anglican Communion conference he hosted at Kaduna ‘Faith and Citizenship in Christian-Muslim contexts’ in February 2007, see:

  2. Gary Morrow, Dahlonega, Georgia. USA Says:

    Thank you Graham Kings for your informational URL’s.