Lagos Anglican Bishop, Olumakaiye, dies at 53


The Archbishop of Lagos Province, Anglican Communion and Bishop of Lagos Diocese, Most Reverend Humphrey Olumakaiye, has passed away. He was aged 53.

His death was announced in a statement co-signed by the Synod Secretary, Ven. ‘Segun Ladeinde; and the Chancellor, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji.

The statement read, “His Episcopal sojourn in the Diocese of Lagos and subsequently the Province was characterised by phenomenal, physical and spiritual developments, for which all of us shall remain very proud.

“We shall keep you posted, as detailed arrangements of the funeral obsequies unfold and are made public.”

The late cleric was born on January 28, 1969. He was elected for translation into the Diocese of Lagos on February 6, 2018. On Monday, July 30, 2018, he was enthroned as the eight Bishop of Lagos at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos.

On September 25, 2021, he also became the Archbishop of the Province of Lagos and was officially enthroned on November 7, 2021, at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Gwarimpa.

He is a native of Idanre in Ondo State. He attended St. Michael’s primary school, Esie in 1975. Then, he went to Government Secondary School, Omu-Aran, Kwara State in 1982. Thereafter, he proceeded to Cherubim Seraphim Secondary School, Ilorin in 1986.

Between 1991 and 1993, he obtained his first degree in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan; master’s degree in Religious Studies in 2001; and PhD degree in Church History and Doctrine from the same university.

Following his training and graduation from Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan, he was made a deacon in June 1993 and ordained a priest in December same year by E.A. Ademowo, Bishop of Ilesha Diocese.

Olumakaiye was elected Bishop on May 22, 2009 at the age of 40 and consecrated Bishop on Sunday, July 12, 2009 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. He was the first Nigerian priest to preach at Melbourne church, London.

Before his death, he was married to Motunrayo Funke, a professor and former head of the department of nutrition and consumer sciences, faculty of Agriculture Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U) Ile -Ife, Osun state. The union was blessed with a son, Richard Tunbamise.


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