The Cathedral Church of Christ Marina in Lagos, Nigeria celebrated its 150th anniversary on October 10th. The congregation joined together to celebrate as a community. The first stone of the Cathedral was laid on March 29, 1867 by Mr. John Hawley Glover, who was acting as the Church administrator for Lagos at the time. This is the oldest Anglican Church in Nigeria and one of the oldest in Africa. It has had a rich history of serving as a place of worship for many people from around the world for all of these years.
2017-10-11 Nigeria (Vanguard) IT is rare for a church to celebrate One hundred and fifty years anniversary in Africa, but that was exactly what the Cathedral Church of Christ, Diocese of Lagos, Marina did recently. The faithful trooped out to the church to mark the event with pomp and pageantry. It was a remarkable event.
Last Sunday the incumbent provost, Very Reverend Adebola Ayodeji Ojofeitimi from Ilesha in Osun state announced that the 150th anniversary will be rounded off on December 10 while a church will be planted around Okun Ajah in Lekki to be name in honour of Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther next month.
Earlier Provosts of the Church include Adelakun Williamson Howells (1951-1960), Festus Oluwole Segun ( 1960-1970), Samuel Hugh Akinsope Johnson (1970-1995), Adebola Olusegun Okubadejo (1995-1998), Thomas Akinola Jaiyeola Oluwole (1999- 2002), Oluyinka Ibikunle Omololu (2002-2009) and Babatunde Colenso Akinpelu Johnson (2009 to 2016) .
The Provost Wardens of the Church were R.A.O. Martins (1946-1950), G.O. Laja (1951-1955), Alphaeus Martins (1956-1961), E.V. Badejo(1962-1970),D. O. Asekun (1970-1975), Bode Peters(1975-1980), Ayo Otuyalo (1980-1985), V. Akin Thompson (1985-1990), Kola Ramos(1990-1993), F.T. Durand (1993-1995),E.O.G. Moore (1995-1999), Muyiwa Oyewole (1999-2003), Gbola Akinola (2003-2011), Damola Dacosta (2011-2013) and Jide Ladeinde(2013 to date). Honouring Bishop Ajayi Crowther(1806-1891) is a good thing.
For on June 29 1864 he was consecrated the Bishop Western Equatorial Africa by the Archbishop of Canterbury in Canterbury Cathedral, becoming the first African Anglican Bishop. His son, Archdeacon Dandeson Crowther was also a prominent churchman in the lower Niger area while his daughter was the mother of Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay (1864-1946), a Nigerian Surveyor and Politician.