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Lagos Archdiocese to celebrate Adewale Martins at 60

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From Left: Rt. Rev. C. Ugwuzor – Bishop of Aba, Rt. Rev. Geoffery Okoroafor- Bishop of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Temple Nwaogu – Bishop of Isiala Ngwa, Rt. Rev. Samuel Eze – Bishop of Ukwa, Rt. Rev. Engr. Sosthenes Eze – Bishop of Enugu North, The Host Bishop – Rt. Rev. Isaac Nwaobia – Bishop of Isiala Ngwa South and wife, Mrs. Hope Nwaobia, The Most Rev. Ikechi Nwosu – Archbishop of Aba Province, Rt. Rev. A. O. Iwuagwu (rtd), The Most Rev. Ugochukwu Ezuoke (rtd) and wife, Rt. Rev. Paul Udogu – Bishop of Afikpo, Rt. Rev. Chigozirim Onyegbule – Bishop of Ikwuano, Rt. Rev. Chamberlin Ogunedo – Bishop of Mbaise, Rt. Rev. Nathan Kanu – Bishop of Aba Ngwa North, at the 2019 Synod of Isiala Ngwa South Diocese held between May 10 and 12.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has concluded arrangements to celebrate the birthday of its Archbishop, Most. Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins, who will be 60 on June 1, 2019.

Four days of celebration have been earmarked to commemorate the event, beginning Monday, May 27, and running through Saturday, June 1, the D-day of His Grace’s birthday.

According to the Chairman, Mr. Peter Nwanze, All Purpose Committee, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, organiser of the event, the activities include Children’s Day with the Archbishop on May 27; Visitations of the Archbishop to Mother Theresa’s Home in Ketu on May 28 and other charity establishments; Celebration with the elderly residents at Regina Mundi Home and Choral Competition by the Music Commission on May 29, as well as the grand finale on June 1, which will commence with the Holy Mass at Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos at 10a.m.

Born on June 1, 1959, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Martins was ordained a priest on September 18, 1983 at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos by the then Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Olubunmi Okogie.

He was appointed by the Late Pope John-Paul II as the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta on October 24, 1997.

He was appointed and elevated by Pope Benedict XVI on May 25, 2012 as the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, to succeed His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, having attained the mandatory age of retirement of 75 years. He was consecrated as the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos on August 2, 2012.


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