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First African Archbishop of Kenya dies

Posted on: February 20, 2004 9:05 AM
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First African Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya has died after suffering a heart attack. The archbishop, the Most Revd Festo Habbakuk Olang’, was 95.

A service of remembrance was held on Sunday (15 February) at All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi for Archbishop Olang’, who took office in 1970 after serving as the first African rural dean for Central Nyanza region from 1952 and Assistant Bishop for Western Kenya. The cathedral also held a Requiem Mass for the archbishop yesterday.

Archbishop Olang’ is to be buried at his farm in Kenya’s Kakamega District. He is survived by 10 children and 45 grandchildren. He retired from office in 1980. The current Archbishop of Kenya is the Most Revd Benjamin Nzimbi. 

AABC Design Committee meets

Plans for the first African Anglican Bishops Conference (AABC) are to be finalised next week when the conference’s design committee meets in Lagos, Nigeria.

The AABC, which will bring together more than 250 bishops from across Africa, is to meet later this year. Originally conceived by the 12 primates of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) in 2001, the conference is designed to show Christian fellowship and unity and to take decisions on issues that face the African continent.

The design committee members include the Most Revd Peter Akinola, the Archbishop of Nigeria, the Most Revd Emmanuel Kolini, the Archbishop of Rwanda, and the Most Revd Donald Mtetemela, the Archbishop of Tanzania.

The theme of the inaugural conference, which will be held in Nigeria, is to be “Africa comes of Age: An Anglican Self-Evaluation”. There are 280 diocesan and suffragan bishops in Africa.