Lagos Anglican Bishop, Olumakaiye, dies at 53

Lagos Anglican Bishop, Olumakaiye, dies at 53

The Archbishop of Lagos Province, Anglican Communion and Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Most Reverend Humphrey Olumakaiye, is dead. Olumakaiye died at the age of 53.

A statement co-signed by the Synod Secretary, Ven. ‘Segun Ladeinde; and the Chancellor, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, said, “His Episcopal sojourn in the Diocese of Lagos and subsequently the Province was characterised by phenomenal, physical and spiritual developments, for which all of us shall remain very proud.

“We shall keep you posted, as detailed arrangements of the Funeral obsequies unfold and are made public.”

Born on January 28, 1969, Olumakaiye was elected for translation into the Diocese of Lagos on February 6, 2018, and enthroned as the eighth Bishop of Lagos on Monday, July 30, 2018, at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.

On September 25, 2021, he also became the Archbishop of the Province of Lagos and was officially enthroned on November 7, 2021, at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Gwarimpa.

Here are 10 things to know about late Olumakaiye:

  1. Until his death, he was the Bishop of Lagos, and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos (Anglican Communion), Church of Nigeria having been Bishop of Osun North-East until 2018.
  2. He was presented as the Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province on November 7, 2021 at the Cathedral Church of Advent, Life Camp, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. 
  3. Olumakaiye was  born on January  28, 1969 at Okene into the family of the Venerable and Mrs. T.A. Olumakaiye.
  4. The late Archbishop was a native of Idanre, a town in Ondo State.
  5. He started his Education at St. Michael’s primary school, Esie in 1975 and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran, Kwara State in 1982.
  6. In 1983, he left Omu-Aran to conclude his Secondary education at Cherubim Seraphim Secondary School, Ilorin in 1986.
  7. He bagged his first degree in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan between 1991 and 1993, and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies in 2001. He went further to obtain a doctorate degree in Church History and Doctrine from the same university.
  8. He became a deacon in June 1993 and was ordained a priest in December same year by E.A. Ademowo, Bishop of Ilesha Diocese. This was after Olumakaiye’s training and graduation from Immanuel College of Theology.
  9. He started his ministry at Christ the Saviour Anglican Church, Cappa, Ilesa, Osun State in June 1993.
  10. At the age of 40, Olumakaiye was elected Bishop on May 22, 2009; he was consecrated Bishop on Sunday, July 12, 2009 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state while he was enthroned on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at Cathedral church of St. Philip’s, Otan Ayegbaju as the first Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Osun North-East.

Until his death, Olumakaiye was married to Motunrayo Funke, who is a professor and former head of the department of nutrition and consumer sciences, faculty of agriculture Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile -Ife, in Osun State. They had a son, Richard Tunbamise.

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