Former Anglican Archbishop Adetiloye Dies at 82


A former Archbishop/Metropolitan of The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Dr. Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye, has died aged 82. He died in the early hours of Friday.

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi visited Adetiloye’s family home in Odo Owa, Ekiti State, to commiserate with the family, according to a news website, Eagle Online.

A profile of Rev. Adetiloye on the website of the Anglican Communion reads: Abiodun Adetiloye is an enigma of some sort; a multi-dimensional personality a man of fame and great worth.

Born in the town of Odo-Owa in the Ijero area of Ekitiland, Nigeria on Christmas Day, 25th December 1929, his father died when he was only three years old and the hope of seeing him through life was badly shaken and threatened.

But in what looked like a providential twist of fate he towered well above his peers and contemporaries and became a reference point for God-guided success and fulfillment. He had been acknowledged as being a rare beneficiary of God’s unique blessings, picking his life’s roses sometimes as if without effort yet with greater success stories to tell always.

After the basic primary and secondary education in Ekiti, Joseph Adetiloye was admitted to Melville Hall; and on completion of the programme, he was made a Deacon and priested the same year. A graduate of King’s College, University of London in the U.K. Adetiloye began his career, teaching in schools and colleges but nursing an inner keenness for pastoral work.

He was at one time Vice Principal of the Immanuel College of Theology in Ibadan and it was from there, he got appointed as Provost of the St. James’ the Great Cathedral, Oke-Bola Ibadan; under the Episcopal leadership of the Rt. Rev. S. O. Odutola.

May his soul rest in peace

Source – PUNCH

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