The Spiritual Head of the Anglican Church, Nigerian Communion, His Grace, Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh, the Archbishop, Metropolitan & Primate of all Nigeria, is to have a public presentation of his memoirs.
The exercise is part of the lined up programme to mark the retirement of the Anglican Church helsman on July 18, 2019.
Noting the pivotal and strategic roles the Alake Dynasty played in the planting and germination of Christianity in Nigeria, in Egbaland and Nigeria His Grace, Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh, historically recalled that Christianity started in Egbaland in 1845 when Henry Townsend first preached the Gospel in Abeokuta.
Perhaps that informed why the Primate of the Anglican Church, Nigerian Communion raised a four-man delegation to specially deliver an “Invitation Scroll” to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo CFR, at the Ake Palace on Monday July 1st 2019.
Members of the Delegates were the Most Rev Dr Ali Buba Lamido, the Dean Church of Nigeria; Bar Abraham Yisa, the registrar, Church of Nigeria; the Rt Rev Dr Emmanuel O . Adekunle, Bishop of Egba and Very Rev Dr Isaac Adeyemi Adeniji Provost Cathedral church of St Peter Ake, Abeokuta.
The Royal Head of Christian Community in Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, thanked the Delegation especially the the Dean and Registrar of the Church of Nigeria, who came all the were from Abuja while extolling the spiritual virtues and invaluable ministrations and services to humanity by His Grace, Most Rev’d Nicholas D. Okoh.
The highlight of the visit was the excitement, which the first Bible in Nigeria, give to Egbaland in 1854, generated among the visitors, especially the Abuja delegates.
The Alake told his guests that in 1848 a copy of King James version of the Holy Bible was presented by Queen Victoria of England to Chief Akinrinlewo Sodeke in his compound adding that the copy was lost to fire disaster in 1868.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo disclosed to the Anglican Church leaders that in July, 1904 King Edward the VII of Great Britain and Ireland represented the Bible, which the Egba Paramount Monarch said had since been guarded with utmost care for posterity.