Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Former Dean Church of Nigeria and Retired Bishop of Awka Diocese, Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa has been announced dead on Monday.
Anikwenwa’s demise was announced in a press statement issued by the Secretary General of the Church of Nigeria, Bishop Anthony Poggo.
According to him, Archbishop Anikwenwa was called to glory on March 13, after years of meritorious and faithful service to God and humanity.
He said, “The Church of Nigeria mourns the demise of the former Dean of the Church of Nigeria, the Most Rev’d Maxwell Anikwenwa, who was called to glory this day, Monday, March 13, 2023.
“Archbishop Anikwenwa was the former Archbishop of Province II and the Retired Bishop of Awka Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
“May God comfort his family, the Diocese of Awka, Province of the Niger and the Church of Nigeria as a whole and grant him eternal rest.”
Archbishop Anikwenwa died at the age of 83.
Until his death, the Anglican prelate who was born in Anambra State in 1940, was educated at Trinity Theological College, Umuahia.
He was ordained Deacon in 1964 and Priest in December 1966. He served in Onitsha and Freetown. He was appointed the first Bishop of Awka in 1987. He was made Archbishop of the Niger in 2000. He was also Dean of the Church of Nigeria.
Anikwenwa retired as Bishop of Awka, Archbishop of the Niger and Dean of the Church on 22 November 2010.
Reacting, the Archbishop Province of the Niger, and Bishop Anglican Diocese of Awka , Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim PhD, described the death as one death too many. He said the death has thrown the entire Diocese into mourning.
Archbishop Ibezim noted that the Christendom lost a hero of the gospel of ecumenism and evangelism without sorrow in this part of the world.
He reminded that late Anikwenwa’s legacies in the Church of Christ in general and the Anglican Church in particular cannot be dismissed by any, even as he prayed God to grant his soul eternal repose in His bosom.
Archbishop Ibezim lamented that the Anglicans worldwide, and Anambra State in particular lost a Christian father.
According to a press statement by the Director, Media and Communication, Province of the Niger and Diocese of Awka Anglican communion , Comrade Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, Ph.D. on behalf of Archbishop Ibezim, the Late Archbishop Anikwenwa voted in the last presidential election.