Born in 1944 to a Yoruba family in Abeokuta in southwestern Nigeria. Ordained in 1979
THIRD PRIMATE of the church of nigeria (March 2000 — March 2010)
Most Rev'd Peter Jasper Akinola
He was also the former Bishop of Abuja (Nigeria's capital) and Archbishop of Province III, which covered the northern and central parts of the country. When the division into ecclesiastical provinces was adopted in 2002, he became the first Archbishop of Abuja Province, a position he held until 2010. He is married and a father of six
On 15 September 2009, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, aged 57 years old, of Bendel Province, was elected the Primate of Church of Nigeria at the conference of the House of Bishops in Umuahia. He succeeded Akinola on 25 March 2010.