By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
Members of All Saints' Anglican Church, Ikosi-Ketu, Lagos, one of the prominent Anglican Churches in Lagos State, rolled out the drums to celebrate its 40th anniversary on March 11, 2019.
The Church earlier organized various activities such as the unveiling of the Anniversary Logo on March 10 and a four-day anniversary crusade on March 24 to 27.
At a press conference organized by the Church's 40th Anniversary Celebration Committee, the chairman, Dr. Ademola Ogunleye, while narrating the Church's history, disclosed that the Church was organizing a community development initiative/sanitation on April 22 and picnic/love feast at 12noon.
The following day, April 23, he said, the women would hold a programme for the family in the evening to be followed by a special anniversary divine hour on April 24.
Other activities lined up include general health screening for malaria parasite, BP, Blood Sugar on April 25; while on April 26, there will be Bible quiz on the Acts of the Apostles among Church Societies at 5pm.
On April 27, there will be symposium/lecture with the theme: ''The Church as Facilitator in National Transformation: Setting the Agenda for Law, Polity and Economy''.
Ogunleye said: 'All Saints' Anglican Church, Ikosi Ketu was initiated by 13 men and supported by All Saints' Church Yaba (the mother Church), which started on March 11, 1979, when it held its first service under a block-making manufacturing shed in Taike's Compound, Taike Street, Ikosi, with 106 worshippers in attendance. Taike, whose real name was Reuben Babatunde Osunkoya, was one of the 13 initiators of the idea that an Anglican Church should start at Ikosi at that time.
'The new church, the first Anglican Church in Ikosi-Ketu area of Lagos State, worshipped at Taike Compound until it moved to its own church building at the present site along Ikosi Road in early 1982. Following the rapid increase of worshippers to nearly 500 at the new site, the present 4,200 capacity state-of-the-art church building was planned, constructed and dedicated for use on the All Saints' Day, November 1, 2000 by the then Bishop of Lagos West Diocese, the Rt. Revd. Dr. Peter Awelewa Adebiyi. From 1979 to 1999, the church was administered as part of Lagos Diocese. From 1999, it became part of the Lagos West Diocese, following the creation and excision of Lagos West Diocese from Lagos Diocese,' he recalled.