THE MOST REV. DR. EPHRAIM ADEBOLA ADEMOWO, OON, PhD, FNAL
The Diocesan Bishop of Lagos & Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
THE MOST REV. DR. EPHRAIM ADEBOLA ADEMOWO was born on 29th July, 1948 to the family of Chief Samuel Gbolade Ademowo and Mrs. Caroline Abosede Ademowo. His father was a veteran headmaster and educationist.
After his primary and secondary education in Lagos and Abeokuta he attended Immanuel College of Theology Ibadan from 1969 to 1972 for Ordination Course. He was made a Deacon at St. James’ Cathedral, Ibadan in 1972 and ordained Priest in 1973. The Most Rev. Dr. E A Ademowo graduated Bachelor of Arts majoring in Theology at the University of Ibadan 1977. Ultimately he earned by dint of hardwork his Master of Arts at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-lfe. He also obtained his Ph.D degree, through examination at the same University.
Immediately after ordination, he was posted to the Church ministry at Ilesha where, he served for nearly 30 years. Ademowo was preferred Canon at lIesha in 1981, Archdeacon in 1983 and consecrated as Bishop of Ilesha at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos in 1989. After 11 years at Ilesha as Bishop, he was translated to the See of the Diocese of Lagos in the year 2000 just at the beginning of the new millennium.
The Year 1999 was significant in many ways and quite unique. It marked the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Lagos – the first to be so established in Nigeria. That year was also the transitional point in the turn of a century and the end of the first millennium. It was indeed also for the Diocese of Lagos, the end of an era, as it marked the formal retirement of The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye as Bishop of Lagos, Archbishop and Primate Metropolitan of the Church of Nigeria; the election, translation and presentation in the early part of year 2000, of the Most Rev. Dr. E.A. Ademowo to what was then known as Province 1 (Supra Diocesan Board West) of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
The ‘return’ of Ademowo to Lagos Diocese and his assumption of duties at the turn of the millennium as both Bishop and Archbishop of Province One comprising all the dioceses geographically located in the Southwest and Midwest areas of the country was most significant and symbolic. For him and his immediate family it was a happy home-coming. For the larger family of God’s people, it was the beginning of a new wave of spiritual re-awakening and a consolidation of the CMS – inspired social initiatives in the complementing care areas of Health and Education. In 2008, he was re-elected for another 5-year term as Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos. Through the special grace of God on his life, the Archbishop continues to recieve laurels and awards. Amongst these were his investiture in 2006 as Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL ) and the conferment in 2008 of the prestigious national honour of “Officer of the Order of the Niger (O.O.N)” by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria. His Royal Majesty Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebu land described The Archbishop as one of the illustrious sons of Ijebuland and a street in the GRA Ijebu-Ode is named after him in appreciation of his contributions. The Most Rev. Dr. E A Ademowo is married to Mrs Oluranti I. Ademowo with whom he has shared an undeniably fruitful ministry, joyful compassionship and family life. They are blessed with children.
Address Archbishop’s Palace, 29, Marina, P.O Box 13, Lagos, Nigeria