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Rev. S. T. Ola Akande: The Legacy of Spirituality and Ecumenism…..By Tunji Olaopa

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The Archbishop of the Baptist Church of Nigeria Commences homeward journey We are obligated to yield this space to the ‘home-going’ of a great legend in Christendom for two principal reasons. First, we must celebrate God for giving this rare gift to humanity. Rev’d Dr. S.T. Ola Akande is an icon and role model who deserves to be celebrated even in death. Next, Baba S.T. Ola Akande was a great motivator who contributed altruistically to our efforts at putting together our publication: Nigeria’s Leading Lights of the Gospel: Revolutionaries in Worldwide Christianity and our moves to get the book to gain global appeal. Baba Akande created ample time to attend to the young, promising and energetic priest, Bunmi Kehinde, who handled the assignment commendably, making Baba Akande and Bunmi to bond beyond the book compilation exercise because Baba encouraged intellect, and efforts to proclaim the Great Commission. Playing leadership roles in the vineyard of God is no mean task. Leading people in the ministry is one of the hardest of tasks. Biblical Moses experienced this while leading the Israelites out of Egypt. We, believe God must be celebrated forlocating several religious leaders of global reckoning in Nigeria and we pray that the Lord’s purpose for Nigeria shall be fulfilled. In celebrating the exit of this great icon whose love for Nigeria knew no bounds, we dug into the archives to publish this piece written on Rev’d Dr. S.T. Ola Akande by one of his spiritual children, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, a professor of public administration, retired Federal Permanent Secretary, and a fine used of the pen. Tunji, a high-flyer wrote authoritatively on Baba Akande several times. The last tribute marked Baba Ola Akande’s 93rd birthday anniversary celebrations. We present the piece on the man who left indelible marks on the sands of time and whose influence and warm disposition earned him the appellation: The Archbishop of the Baptist Church of Nigeria. Rev. S. T. Ola Akande: The Legacy of Spirituality and Ecumenism By Tunji Olaopa This is my second tribute to the living memory of Baba Reverend (Dr) Ola Akande who recently celebrated his 93rd year on earth. And this is a testament to a life of dedicated service and exemplary humanity that continues to be relevant to a world where everything, including religion, is upside down. In the first tribute to Baba, I characterized him as an embodied legacy divinely…

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