67-year-old lecturer Nkechi Nwosu breaks record, emerges first female Bishop in Nigeria

A 67-year-old lecturer Nkechi Nwosu has emerged as the first female Bishop in Nigeria.

The Methodist Church Nigeria, Archdiocese of Kaduna, on Sunday, January 22, 2023, ordained Right Reverend Nkechi Nwosu as the church’s first female bishop.

Right Reverend Nkechi Nwosu was formally enthroned as the Bishop of Jos by the Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Reverend Joseph Nnonah at the Christ Methodist Cathedral Church in Jos, North Central Nigeria.

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Members of the Diocese of Jos converged to witness the enthronement service as the Archbishop of Kaduna archdiocese formally ordained Bishop Nwosu to oversee the diocese

In her remarks, Nwosu said God has made all humans equal. She encouraged all Nigerians to always seeks the face of God, especially as the general elections begin on February 25.

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“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God, and do what God said we should do,” the new bishop stated.

“Do that so that God will use us and anybody he will put on that seat to restore Nigeria to a place of pride in Africa, and the world.”

With the Enthronement Act administered on the bishop as directed by the conference and in consequence of the will and consent of the Diocese of Jos; the bishop thereafter officially commenced the spiritual activities as the Bishop of Jos Diocese which she sees as a privilege in the propagation of the gospel without any prejudice.

The enthronement of Nwosu as the first female bishop of the Methodist Church Nigeria is no doubt a clarion call on Christendom that the propagation of the gospel is an assignment that cuts across gender issues.

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Reverend Nkechi Nwosu was born on February 18, 1955, in Yaba, Lagos. She attended Ovim Girls Secondary School, Ovim, Abia.

After her secondary school education, she gained admission to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she studied Microbiology. She worked with the Plateau State Ministry of Health and was later employed by the State School of Nursing as a lecturer.

The 67-year-old got her Masters degree in Medical Entomology and Parasitology from University of Jos.

She later went to University of Jos for her PhD programme in Zoology (Parasitology) where she obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Zoology (Parasitology).

Bishop Nwosu started her ministerial career at Methodist Theological Institute in Sagamu, Ogun. where she obtained Diploma in Theology.

Prior to this, she held various positions at Women’s fellowship. After her graduation, she became an ordained deaconess with Okitipupa to join the Deaconess Order.

The names of her parents are Golden and Agnes Okoronkwo. She is married to Barrister Obiy J. Nwosu, who is the Lay President Emeritus, Diocese of Jos. Their marriage is blessed with four kids; Chijioke, Ijeoma, Kelechi, and Onyinyechi.

Aside being the first female Bishop in Nigeria, she is also the first ordained female Priest, first Cathedral Administrator and first Synod Secretary.

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