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/ 29 January 2015

Nigerian Chaplain made Honorary Archdeadon of Jos

UK Nigerian Chaplain Ben Enwuchola, based at St Luke’s, Kilburn, has been made an Honorary Archdeacon of Jos in the province of Nigeria in recognition of his significant contribution to the Nigerian community in the UK. Ben was collated at a special service in Jos, Nigeria, presided over by the Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi.

Ben started his work as UK Nigerian Chaplain in 1999 to help continue the important work of meeting the spiritual, social and welfare needs of Nigerian students in the UK and to assist local churches to reach out to and welcome students into their congregations.

His achievements have included starting a monthly service that brings the Nigerian community together (now at St John’s, Archway) and establishing new worshipping communities in Nigerian congregations in London, Manchester and Milton Keynes. He has also been active further afield, he supports two Nigerian congregations in Italy.

Commenting on the service, Ben said:

“I am thrilled to have been made Honorary Archdeacon of Jos and I feel very proud of the work the Nigerian Chaplaincy has done over the years to give Nigerian students a spiritual base and greater moral support in the UK.

“What was particularly unique about this event was that there were two bomb blasts in Jos during my retreat, not far from the cathedral at which I was being collated. Contrary to concerns that the event would be cancelled or at least poorly attended, the service went ahead and was packed with more young people than we could have hoped for. It was a truly moving experience and testament to the fearlessness and solidarity of this community”.

The Nigerian Chaplaincy was originally set up in 1980 by the Church Mission Society in conjunction with the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion and the Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians in Great Britain. It was established in response to the spiritual, social and welfare needs of Nigerian students in UK and to assist local churches to engage with Nigerian students in need of a spiritual base and greater moral support.

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