Anglican Bishop, OYEKPEN, Dies Few Days to Birthday

By DADA AYOKHAI

Rt. Rev. Jolly Oyekpen, the Bishop of the Diocese of Akoko Edo, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion is dead.

Oyekpen, who was billed to mark his birthday anniversary on September 7th, was until 2021 the National Coordinator of the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) Nigeria.

He passed away at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Edo State after he complained of brief illness.

Born in 1966, Oyekpen was elected Bishop in 2007 to pioneer the Diocese of Akoko-Edo.

He was married to Mrs. Victoria Emilomon Oyekpen with whom they have children together. Oyekpen’s demise has thrown his immediate family and the Anglican church in general into mourning.

“His approachable and youthful nature will be how Bishop Oyekpen will be remembered,” a statement by the Anglican Church reads.

Bishop Oyekpen, born in Iruekpen, Edo State and educated at Obafemi Awolowo University, died on Monday.

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