• Korede Akintunde
  • March 13, 2024

The Ven. Tamunotari Matthew was born on the 24th day of July 1967 to the family of late Chief Raphael M. Obaze of Tombia-Ekpetiama in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State and Mrs. Felicia Aneke Obaze (Nee Ojelade) of Sango Ota in Ogun State.

He attended State School Tombia between 1974 and 1979 and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He then proceeded to Agudama Comprehensive High School, Agudama-Ekpetiama in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, and obtained his West African School Certificate in 1984. In 1987 he briefly worked with Emina Hygienical Products an Indian firm in the Trans Amadi Industrial Area in Port-Harcourt before gaining employment to work as an assistant officer with the Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority in 1987. In 1988, the Ven. Obaze secured admission to the then School of Health Technology Port-Harcourt to study Pharmacy as a technician in training. Upon his graduation in 1990, he was posted to the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital in Port-Harcourt where he worked as a pharmacy technician. He later proceeded to St. Bartholomew College of Health, Shao in Kwara State, and obtained his HND in Pharmaceutical Technology. In 2021, he obtained his PGD in Pharmaceutical Technology from Truine Biblical University in the United States. He worked and retired as a civil servant after 35 years of meritorious service on 1st November 2023.

In 1990, Ven. Obaze proceeded to the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and obtained a Bachelor of Science, in Management in 1997, he further proceeded to the University of Port-Harcourt and obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management in 2006. In 2008, he proceeded to the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and obtained his Master’s in Managerial Psychology.

Ven. Obaze completed his diploma in Theology from St. Paul University Awka in 2004 and was ordained a deacon on July 18th, 2004, and posted to St. John’s Anglican Church, Okolobiri as a curate. He was priested in 2005 by the late Bishop Amabebe and was made a vicar after St. John’s Okolobiri became a parish under his watch. In January 2007, he was transferred to St. Luke’s Anglican Church Emeyal in the then Ogbia Archdeaconry. Again in 2008, he was transferred to St. Mark’s Anglican Church Otakeme Parish as vicar and later made the administrator when the Diocese of Ogbia was created in June 2008. He was elected the pioneer council secretary (Synod Secretary) and held that position for 4 years. He was installed a Canon of the Cathedral of St. Paul Anglican Church in 2010. In 2014, he was collected as an Archdeacon. Ven. Obaze went for further studies at St. Paul’s University and obtained his Bachelor of Theology degree in 2021 and a Masters degree in Systemic Theology in 2023. He is presently the Archdeacon of Onuebum Archdeaconry and Chaplain, Council of Knights. He is also the chairman of, the Clergy Association. He is happily married to Mrs. Obaze Margaret Esereghi and their marriage is blessed with children.

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