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Most Rev’d Timothy Omotayo Olufosoye (1979-1986)

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Born c. 1907/1912 - 30 October 1992. Ordained: 21st December 1947

FIRST PRIMATE of the church of nigeria
(February 1979 - December 1986)

Most Rev'd Timothy Omotayo Olufosoye

Olufosoye was trained as a catechist and schoolteacher at St. Andrew's College, Oyo, from 1940 to 1941. He had his religious studies at Melville Hall, in Oyo, from 1945 to 1946, being ordained a deacon on December 15, 1946 and a priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Lagos, on December 21, 1947. He first served as a priest in Lagos and Ondo, from 1952 to 1956, being canon residentiary, from 1955 to 1959, and the first provost of the Cathedral of Ondo, from 1959 to 1965.

He was consecrated the first African bishop of the Diocese of Gambia and the Rio Pongas on October 10, 1965. He became bishop of the diocese of Ibadan, in Nigeria, in 1971. With the creation of the Church of Nigeria as an autonomous province within the Anglican Communion, he was elected his first Archbishop, on 24 February 1979, a position he held until his retirement on December 1986

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