Nistories of Churches in Ipoti Ekiti Area of Ekiti -Nigeria

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHURCHES IN IPOTI ARCHDEACONRY

OUR SAVIOUR’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, IPOTI – EKITI
According to the history of Christianity in Nigeria, Christianity in Ipoti-Ekiti can be traced to the one that started in Badagry in 1842. It came late to Ekiti land because of Kiriji war and Ekiti Parapo war which ranged from 1877 to 1893. Hence Christianity began in Ekiti in 1893. Among those who planted Christianity in Ijero area was Pa Ogunleye who was a native of Ipoti. He was the one sent by Madam Helena Fatiregun Doherty from Lagos to Ijero, but Pa Ogunleye did not make influence on the Christianity in Ipoti. Christianity in Ipoti started in 1897 through a man named Samson Ajayi Ogbon Edun who was a native of Ipoti. This man got the light of Christianity through Pa Emmanuel Adeleye (Ajagbani) the then Baba Egbe Ijo of CMS Ijero. At this time Pa Samson Ajayi Ogbon Edun had a sister who was the wife of Pa Emmanuel Adeleye. This intimacy made him to learn ABD every Sunday and he later incorporated his friend Pa Moses Ayibiowu. Thus the duo Pa Samson Ajayi and Pa Moses Ajibiowu would go to Ijero from Ipoti every Sunday to worship and to learn ABD. Soon, Pa Samson Ajayi Ogbon Edun and Pa Moses Ayibiowu started the work of the gospel in Ipoti and the following were the first converts: Samuel Aborisade, Pa Adirabata, Ayeni Gbekede, Ogungbangbe, David Aina Eleyinkebi, Joshua Obebe Jemirifo, Peter Omileye, David Agbejobi, Joseph Obebe, Ogunjobi Ojo, Awoniyi Awe Poun and others. After this convertion, Mr Olulode who was the Catechist in Ijero came to Ipoti to introduce the new converts to the Kabiyesi Olupoti, Oba Adesoye and his Chiefs. It was at this meeting that mr. Olulode asked the Kabiyesi to donate a portion of land for the commencement of church in Ipoti. The family of Odofin Eleyin Apon was asked to give the land since the first converts came from the family. Hence, the present Our Saviour’s Anglican Church compound was given to CMS. From 1897, a number of church workers had worked in Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ipoti. THE LIST OF CHURCH WORKERS

1. Mr. J.A Odaliki -1915 – 1920
2. Mr. S.O. Kolawole-1921 – 1923
3. Mr. H.F. Akanbi-1924 - 1926
4. Mr. P.A. Jaiyesimi-1928 - 1931
5. Mr. S.A. Akintoye-1932 – 1933
6. Mr. J.B. Falusi-1934 - 1935
7. Mr. J.T. Akerele -1935 - 1936
8. Mr. S.A. Omotuyi-1936 - 1944
9. Mr. E.O. Olayemi-1944 – 1947
10. Mr. J.F. Ogunleye-1948 – 1949
11. Mr. J.O. Awe -1949 - 1950
12. Mr. J.O. Igbari -1951 - 1954
13. Mr. I.A. Falodun-1955 - 1966
14. Rev. E.A. Ogundipe-1966 – 1968 (The first Vicar)
15. Rev. I.A. Arannilewa-1968 – 1973
16. Rev. J.A. Kowosi-1974 – 1976
17. Rev. S.A. Awosusi-1976 - 1983
18. Rev. J.O. Jayeoba-1983 - 1989
19. Rev. P.A. Fasanmade-1989 - 1992
20. Rev. E.B. Aladeniwa-1992 - 1996
21. Rev. E.O. Oniosun-1996 – 1997
22. Rev. A.O. Ayodele-1997 – 1999
23. Rev. A.O. Ajayi-1999 – 2001
24. Ven. E.T. Asaolu-2001 – 2007
25. Ven. J.O. Ogundare-2007 – Jan. 15th, 2010
26. Ven. J.O. Olaosebikan-15th Jan. 2010 – Dec. 26th, 2010 27. Ven. V.O. Akintoye-Dec. 27th 2010 – Date
The church rose to a parish level in the year 1966 when the first vicar was posted there in person of Rev. E.A. Ogundipe. In the year 2001, the church became an Archdeaconry Headquarter with Ven. E.T. Asaolu as the first archdeacon.

ST. JAMES’ ANGLICAN CHURCH, ILORO – EKITI
Christianity was introduced to Iloro-Ekiti by Pa Samuel Adeluka Aje in 1906. He went to Ibadan to learn carpentry, thereafter he went to Lagos where he was baptized and returned with some people among whom were: Pa Adeosun (the first layreader of the church), Pa James Ogunleye, Pa Emmanuel Popoola, Pa Olosunde and Pa Adeosun (the father of the 3rc Baba Egbe).

This group settled at Ile Oju Ogun where they built their 1st thatch-roof church. Later other...
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