THE PROLOCUTOR, CHURCH OF NIGERIA, ANGLICAN COMMUNION, GOES HOME

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

THE PROLOCUTOR, CHURCH OF NIGERIA, ANGLICAN COMMUNION, GOES HOME

BY

ERNEST ONUOHA

VEN. Alexander Nnamdi Ikechukwu Adichie visited the Ibru Centre twice this year. The first was when he came to deliver a lecture to Knights of the Diocese of Oji River. He thrilled his listeners so well; they wished he had remained, but he left shortly for another assignment in his Diocese, Nnewi.

The second time was when he came with all the clergy from the Diocese of Nnewi, where he served till he passed on. At that gathering of ministers, he taught and preached.

But nobody knew that the end was in sight. Just last year September, at the Church of Nigeria’s Standing Committee meeting, held at Bariga, Lagos, he was elected overwhelmingly as Prolocutor to fill the vacant position created by the election of Rt. Rev. J. Akinola, as Bishop of the Diocese of Igbomina West.

Now the news of his sudden demise will be heard in Lagos at the Church of Nigeria’s Standing Committee meeting to be held on September 20, at Ikeja, in the Diocese of Lagos West.

Young Alex, born in November 24, 1971 in Ogidi, Idemili North L.G.A of Anambra State, received a call to serve the Lord, and surrendered himself willingly

He studied at the famous Trinity Theological College, Umuahia 1992-1995 where he obtained Dip.Th and Dip.RS for his ministerial formation.

He was ordained a deacon in 1995 and made a priest the following year. He was to rise quickly in the ecclesiastical ladder. He was preferred a Canon of the Cathedral of the Diocese of Nnewi and was later collated an Archdeacon in 2005.

Alex held the following positions: Clerical synod secretary; Diocese of Nnewi, Bishop’s examining Chaplain, Director of Ordinands; Editor-in-chief Diocesan Bible Study Outline; Chairman Nnewi Diocesan Mass Media Board; Secretary, Nnewi Diocesan Justice and Peace Committee; Chairman Nnewi Diocesan Clergy Association, and of late, Prolocutor, House of Clergy, Church of Nigeria among others.

Ven. Adichie’s quest for knowledge drove him to study Law at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka 1998-2003 where he obtained LL B with honours. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Enugu in 2004 for his B.L. and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005.

To the glory of God, Alex combined his priestly vocation with his legal training successfully. That may have facilitated not only his coming to limelight but usefulness in many committees.

It is pity that this rare gem has to be called home suddenly, leaving behind his young wife, Uche Adichie, with three children, Nmesomachukwu, Kaosisochukwu and Kamtochukwu.

The Primate of All Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh is personally grieved at this sudden exit, and also by extension, the entire Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, for the great loss of such a young enterprising clergy man who attended, as it were, the last Standing Committee meeting held at Cathedral of Transfiguration (CATOL), Owerri. Yes, he was a secretary of a group at that meeting.

As he is committed to mother earth on September 14, 2011 at his home church St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Ikenga, Ogidi, Anambra State, I know, I believe, I trust that tears will flow ceaselessly, not just because Ven. Alexander Nnamdi Ikechukwu Adichie is gone, but because a question would persist: ‘Whence cometh another Adichie?’

Adieu Prolocutor of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion!

VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA

Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre,

Agbarha-Otor,

Delta State.

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