By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
There was jubilation across Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) on Wednesday, August 23, 2019, as the Diocese of Nnewi got a new Bishop alongside other five dioceses, at an Episcopal Synod held at St. Peter's Chapel at Ibru International Ecumenical Centre Agbarha Otor, Delta State, Nigeria.
The elected six new Bishops and One Bishop who was translated, are fill the vacancies in dioceses where their Bishops have either retired or will be retiring in the next few months.
Among the newly elected Bishops are Ven. Ndubuisi Obi, the Bishop-elect for Nnewi Diocese; Very Rev. Benjamin C. Okeke JP; the Bishop-elect for Orlu Diocese; Ven. Seyi Pirisola; the Bishop-elect for the Diocese on the coast; Ven. Geoffrey Ibeabuchi; the Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Umuahia; Ven. Dr Gbenga Babatunji from Remo Diocese; the Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Osun; the Venerable Foluso Taiwo; the Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Oke-Osun and the Rt. Rev. Jacob Bada, current Bishop of the Diocese of Etsako, who has been translated to the Diocese of Akoko in Ondo State.
Ven Taiwo is currently the Director of Communication, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, and the Vicar at Church of the Holy Cross, Wuye District, Abuja. The Ven. Foluso Taiwo is a notable broadcaster who started his media career as far back as 1980 at Radio Nigeria, Ibadan, as a freelance journalist and newscaster before he was fully employed as a Reporter/Editor/Newscaster and HOA correspondent under the Television Service of Oyo State (TSOS).
He grew in his field working, in several media outfits such as Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), and Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC), before he was transferred to Abuja to continue his pastoral ministry. Though he served as a Canon and Archdeacon of the Diocese of Abuja, he remained a media practitioner and was soon made the general manager of Crowther Radio Station; from where he became the Director of Communication and later a newscaster at the Anglican Cable Network Nigeria (ACNN TV). The Full lists of the Bishops-elect are as follows:
The Ven. Ndubuisi Obi is the Bishop-elect for Nnewi Diocese. He is from Nnewichi, Nnewi and is a Venerable at St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Federal Housing Estate 3-3, Onitsha in the Diocese on the Niger. He is to replace Archbishop Godwin Okpala.
The Very Rev. Benjamin C. Okeke JP is the Bishop-elect for Orlu Diocese. He currently serves at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Amaigbo in the Diocese of Orlu. He is married to Mrs. Uloma Okeke JP, the Coordinator, Prayer Healing and Deliverance Unit in Orlu Diocese. He is to replace Archbishop Benneth Okoro (PhD).
The Ven. Seyi Pirisola is the Bishop-elect for the Diocese on the coast. He currently serves at All Soul's Anglican Church, Lekki in the Diocese of Lagos. He is to replace the late Bishop Ebunoluwa Ogunele.
The Ven. Geoffrey Ibeabuchi is the Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Umuahia. He currently serves at St. Silas Anglican Church, Old Umuahia in the Diocese of Umuahia. He is to replace Archbishop Ikechi Nwosu.
The Ven. Dr Gbenga Babatunji from Remo Diocese is the Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Osun. He currently serves at St. John's Church, Iyoku Sagamu in the Diocese of Remo. He is to replace Bishop Afolabi Popoola.
The Rt. Rev. Jacob Bada, current Bishop of the Diocese of Etsako, has been translated to the Diocese of Akoko in Ondo State. He is to replace Archbishop Gabriel Akinbiyi.