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Encyclopedia > Alexander Babatunde Akinyele

The Right Reverend Alexander Babatunde Akinyele, LTh, BA, MA, DD, CBE (September 5, 1875 – October 1, 1968) was the first Anglican Diocesan Bishop of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was the first indigene of Ibadan to obtain a university degree, and the founder of the first secondary school in Ibadan. The Lund Institute of Technology or Lunds Tekniska Högskola (LTH) is a university school, at Lund University, in Lund, Sweden. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... A Master of Arts is a postgraduate academic masters degree awarded by universities in North America and the United Kingdom (excluding the ancient universities of Scotland and Oxbridge. ... Wiktionary has related dictionary definitions, such as: DD, dd DD, dd or other variants may refer to: // Electronics Dolby Digital, the trademark for an audio compression system created by Dolby Laboratories Computing dd, an element in HTML and XHTML for specifying definition data Deployment Descriptor, a component in Java 2... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are... 1875 (MDCCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The term Anglican describes those people and churches following the religious traditions of the Church of England, especially following the Reformation. ... Pope Pius XI blesses Bishop Stephen Alencastre as fifth Apostolic Vicar of the Hawaiian Islands in a Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace window. ... A bishop is an ordained member of the Christian clergy who, in certain Christian churches, holds a position of authority. ... , Location of Ibadan in Nigeria Ibadan ( Èbá-Ọdàn) is the capital of and the largest city in Ọyọ State. ... It has been suggested that double degree be merged into this article or section. ... High school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

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Early beginnings

Bolude, a pagan Ibadan warrior and herbalist of repute in the years of Ibadan militocracy, had Josiah Akinyele as his first son. Josiah was one of the early converts under the auspices of David Hinderer, the German leader of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) and his team of six missionaries that first brought Christianity to Ibadan in 1851. Josiah Akinyele took Abigail Lapeno, the daughter of Kukomi, another powerful Ibadan pagan warrior, who also was converted to Christianity through Hinderer; as his second wife in 1870. She gave birth to her first son; Alexander Babatunde Akinyele. He had four siblings, but only one of them compared to him favorably in eminence and prominence; Isaac Babalola Akinyele. Between the brothers, they bestrode the environment of Ibadan in the fields of education, religion, social responsibility and politics, each like a colossus as from the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Pagan may refer to: A believer in Paganism or Neopaganism Bagan, a city in Myanmar also known as Pagan Pagan (album), the 6th album by Celtic metal band Cruachan Pagan Island, of the Northern Mariana Islands Pagan Lorn, a metal band from Luxembourg, Europe (1994-1998) Pagans Mind, is... A warrior is a person habitually engaged in war and/or skilled in the waging of war. ... The term Herbalism refers to folk and traditional medicinal practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. ... The Church Mission Society (formerly the Church Missionary Society) is a voluntary society working with the Anglican Church and other Protestant Christians around the world. ... A missionary is a propagator of religion, often an evangelist or other representative of a religious community who works among those outside of that community. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on Jesus of Nazareth, and on his life and teachings as presented in the New Testament. ... , Location of Ibadan in Nigeria Ibadan ( Èbá-Ọdàn) is the capital of and the largest city in Ọyọ State. ... // The Unobservable Although the term social is a crucial category in social science and often used in public discourse, its meaning is often vague, suggesting that it is a fuzzy concept. ... Politics is a process by which decisions are made within groups. ...


Education

Since Alexander Akinyele was born during the height of Ibadan military exploits, to be sent to school in those days in Ibadan was merely to please the European missionaries and it was often a perilous endeavor. It was a period when slavery, though officially outlawed by the British, was still in vogue in Ibadan, therefore the fear of child kidnapping and ritual murders pervaded the social atmosphere. Given the stated scenario, the few school boys of the time were led to school by warriors. In Alexander's case, the leader of his security escort was a warrior called Babamboni; who always carried the future bishop on his shoulders, for safety to school. He attended St. Peter’s school Ibadan around 1880, and later completed his primary school education at St. John’s school, Aroloya Lagos. He graduated first in his class, and was admitted the following year to the famous Church Missionary Society grammar school in Lagos. The Bishop would recall in later life how he was jeered, taunted and ridiculed by his schoolmates in Lagos as “that boy with tribal marks”. He then left to attend St. Andrews college, Oyo for teacher training. Subsequently, he became a teacher, and combined teaching with the duties of a catechist, organist and choirmaster. Bishop Tugwell in his Episcopal visit to Abeokuta in 1903, was so impressed with Alexander Akinyele’s expertise as the organist at a church in Ake, particularly his flawless rendition of the visiting European Bishop’s favorite hymn; that he ordered Alexander to sit for the entrance examination to Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone. He entered the college on January 25, 1904. In 1906 he was awarded Licentiate in Theology (LTh), and later he obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Dunelm) in 1912, thus becoming the first Ibadan indigene to obtain a University degree. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Lagos is the largest city in Nigeria. ... The Church Mission Society (formerly the Church Missionary Society) is a voluntary society working with the Anglican Church and other Protestant Christians around the world. ... Oyo (OÌ£yoÌ£ in Yoruba orthography, pronounced ) is the name for a Yoruba city in modern-day Nigeria and also the loose empire which that city controlled in the 17th and 18th centuries. ... Catechism Lesson, by Jules-Alexis Meunier, 1890 A catechism is a summary of Christian religious doctrine. ... An organist is a musician who plays the organ, whether pipe or electronic. ... The word episcopal is derived from the Greek επίσκοπος, transliterated epískopos, which literally means overseer; the word, however, is used in religious contexts to refer to a bishop. ... Location of Abeokuta in Nigeria Abeokuta is a city of southwest Nigeria, situated at , on the Ogun river, 64 miles north of Lagos by railway, or 81 miles by water. ... Expertise is the property of a person (that is, expert) or of a system which delivers a desired result such as pertinent information or skill. ... Flawless is an American film that stars Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman. ... A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a god or other religiously significant figure. ... January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... LTh is the usual abbreviation for the Licence in Theology or Licentiate in Theology, a theological qualification commonly awarded for ordinands and laymen studying theology in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


Pastoral work

On June 6, 1909, he was ordained a Deacon, and posted to Ibadan as an assistant priest. He got married to Miss Marian Davies on January 12, 1911, and together had four children. He put pressure on the Church Missionary Society to establish a grammar school in Ibadan, consequently on March 31, 1913, Ibadan Grammar School was established; with Alexander Akinyele, as its first principal. During his administration of the school, a tenure that spanned twenty years (1913 – 1933), he employed a non-discriminatory admission policy, and catered for all sections of Nigeria south of the Niger and Benue rivers. Alexander Akinyele became a Canon on May 17, 1931, and was consecrated as Assistant Bishop on July 25, 1933 at a solemn ceremony at Lambeth Palace Chapel, London. On March 24, 1952 at St. James Cathedral Church Ibadan, at the age of 77; he was enthroned as the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Ibadan. It was a crowning glory to a life of dedicated service to God. Because of his inestimable contribution to the progress and development of Ibadan, he was honored with the Chieftaincy title of “Are of Ibadanland". His younger brother HRH Isaac Babalola Akinyele later ascended the throne of Ibadan, becoming the first educated Olubadan of Ibadan. They both passionately loved Ibadan. In 1949, Alexander Akinyele was conferred with the honor of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the British Colonial Government. The Bishop who lived a life of purity and uprightness enjoined all Christians - as in his famous sermon delivered on February 12, 1956, when Queen Elizabeth II on state visit to Nigeria; worshiped at St. James Cathedral, Oke bola, Ibadan - to use their eyes, heads, hands, voices and hearts for uplifting Jesus Christ. Alexander Babalola Akinyele was later called to join the Church triumphant in 1968 at the ripe age of 92. 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References

  • Theophilus Adeleke Akinyele: “Ibadan – the town, the gown and the dawn” derived from “Readings in Political Economy and Governance in Nigeria” Published by CSS Ltd. 2002
  • Theophilus Adeleke Akinyele: “The Life and Times of Bishop A.B. Akinyele” a speech delivered on July 25, 2002, at Ibadan Grammar School.
  • Falola, Toyin (2000). Yoruba Gurus. Africa World Press. ISBN 0-86543-699-1.

 
 

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