ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL CHURCH, IKARE AKOKO
The introduction of Christianity to Ikare did not take a single wave as in some other towns. It will be recalled that as far back as about 1870s, one Mr. Michael Badoro, an uncle to Oria at Okela quarters, Ikare Akoko. When he returned from Slavery may be from Sierra Leone or Abeokuta or Lagos, he preached the gospel to his people. The paganism illiteracy of the time was so awful that he died in the chains as people felt that he was insane for predicting several future events about our government, dresses, culture and education. Early in 1892, an Ijesha Christian rubber tapper made contact with Okela, Ikare through Ekiti and brought the gospel to the people.
In 1900AD, another wave of evangelism came through Mr. Emmanuel Olorunda of Okeruwa quarters in Ikare. By then the influence of the British Government have been felt all over the districts and this enable all the liberated people to return to the homes in Akoko. There were evangelical groups at Okorun, Ekan, Okela and Okeruwa, this groups functioned unitedly, but owing to great distances among the quartes of the town and also have their services in their different quarters of the town.
As from 1910, the St. Stephen’s Church, Ikare began to exercise the role of leadership among other churches in Akoko most especially when the government administrative headquarters for the whole Akoko was situated at Ikare. The St. Stephen’s Church, Ikare became Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Akoko at its inauguration on the 28th February, 1983. Many people have served as Church Workers first on the list is Mr. M.A. Aiyegbusi from Imeri who served the church from 1913 – 1916 and the present worker is Ven. J. O. IDOWU (DEAN) from Ajowa and Revd. Canon T. M. Ayoola Olaniyan as Cathedral Canon in Residence.
- PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, ARIGIDI
It was in 1906 that Mr. Michael Elebe introduced Christianity to Arigidi. The religion was then regarded with derision, and for the next six years, no one cared to join the Church and Mr. Elebe felt discouraged to the verged of returning to paganism. But in 1911, he summoned courage when the Lord opened the minds of some of his friends who joined him. He then brought some copies of A.B.D (first Yoruba Primer) and taught them how to read and write, these men were Messrs Ekotomowa, Peter Asipori, Daniel Adewumi. These people in 1916 left the church and formed Baptist Church denomination with Asurankan, Omoegun, Adesina and Lawani.
As from 1916, the Christianity began to spread with good footing in all the quarters of the town through the influence of some strong personalities who were Mr. Gabriel Akande at Ekiteji; Samuel Memudu at Ayase, Samuel Balogun at Ogo; Jacob Aguda and Abraham Pojoku at Imo; Jacob Awe at Ogua; Chief Awe Onita and Matthew Elebe at Ita; Mr. J.L. Oni and Chief Elego at Iyu.
The Church was elevated to Parish Status in 1952 and in 1963 it was made the mother church for Akoko West District Church and later to Archdeaconry seat for Akoko North Archdeaconry but when Erusu was UPDATEd as Archdeaconry seat for Akoko North Arhdeaconry, St. Paul’s Ang. Church, Argidi became the headquarter of Arigidi Archdeaconry with seven Churches under her. Mr. Aiyegbusi was the first Church Worker in 1916 and was replaced with Mr. J.L. Ahonmisi in 1919. Ven. and Mrs. S. O. Akinmogbe and Revd. and Mrs. S. O. Aladegbemi
THE DIOCESAN BISHOP BRIEF PROFILE
The Rt. Reverend Gabriel Akinbolarin Akinbiyi was born on the 5th December, 1949. He got married to Mrs. Stella A. Akinbiyi about 34 years ago. In 1956 to 1961, he went to St. John’s Anglican School, Oke Igbo and later went to Local Authority Modern School, Oke Igbo between 1962 to 1964. After some years he went to Diocesan Training Centre, Wusasa, Zaria (D.T.C.) in 1975 to 1976. He later proceeded to Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan in 1978 and passed out in 1981. He was a Deacon in 1981 and Priested in 1982.
Bishop Akinbiyi went further in his educational career to Oak Hill College, London in 1987 to 1990, where he obtained D.H.E., B.A. and went to Kings College, London, between 1990 to 1991 where he obtained Masters in Theology.
Bishop Akinbiyi has served in many Churches in the Northern part of Nigeria, such places are Zaria, Kaduna, Kano, Gusau, Offa and now Akoko.
He was made a Canon in the year 1993 and in 1994 he was made an Archdeacon. In 1998 he was made the Bishop of Offa Anglican Diocese and in July 2008 he was transferred to Akoko Anglican Diocese as the Diocesan Bishop. He is blessed with Godly Children and grand Child.
MARGARET LENNON DAYCARE/NURSERY/PRIMARY SCHOOL,
IKARE – AKOKO ONDO STATE, NIGERIA.
HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL IN BRIEF AS AT 2012
The school was founded by Akoko Diocese but particularly by the women organization under the able leadership of Mama A.K. Olowokure on 5th of February, 1990.
The School Objectives are:- The main objectives are (a) To catch the children young for Christ (b) To give the children a sound moral and academic foundation that will prepare them for life.
Management:- There was a board of governors constituted by the Diocesan Bishop which together with the bishop’s wife, run the school. But the Board was dissolved by the present Proprietress, Mrs. S.A Akinbiyi, and since then the school has been taken over directly by the
women organization of Akoko Anglican diocesan under the supervision of the proprietress.
Past Head Teachers:- The following people had been appointed at various times as the head teacher of the school.
a Mrs. Alla F.O. was the first head teacher of the school.
b Mrs. Ogundana.
c Mrs. E.B. Omotunase, she resigned her appointment in 1995.
d Mr. S.A. Ayodele from 2-01-1995 to 10-09-1995.
e Mrs. E.B. Omotunase was re-employed again on 11-9-1995
f Mr. E. A. Adeyemi from 29-4-1998 to 15-06-2000
g Revd. F. Wuyi Olisa form 16-06-2000 to 14-07-2003
h Revd. Canon J.B.T. Ajayi assisted by Revd. Dele Olorunkoya
15-08-2003 to 12-01-2005 \
i Revd. Canon J.O. Olusakin assisted by Revd. Dele Olorunkoya
13-01- 2005 to12-01-2005
j Mrs. J.B. Ogunleye from 7th February, 2007 to 2nd of February, 2008
k Mr. Solomon Akinwumi from 2nd February 2008 up to date.
FINANCE:-Initially, the school was financed by the Diocese women and from grant from the Diocese. For some times now nothing has been coming from these sources. The school depends on the school fees and other revenues it can generate internally.
STAFFING:- There are 16(sixteen) members of Academic Staff including the Head teacher and 7(seven) non Academic Staff at present.
1. High Academic performance of the Pupils.
2. Modern infrastructure with conducive environment for learning.
3. Well equipped Day care department, spacious and modern recreation ground for the pupil.
4. Salary increment of the staff of the school.
5. Increase in Population of the Pupils.
6. Availability of facilities such as computer systems (5 computer sets), Television set for K.G., Photocopying machine, Generator, and costumes for entertainment.
ENROLMENT:- The number of pupils on Roll is as follow.
- Normal academic work
- End of the session activities:-Matriculation and Graduation.
- Annual Harvest Thanksgiving and Carol service
- Debates and Quiz competitions
FACILITIES ENJOYED BY THE STAFF
(a) Credit facilities up to N20,000 without interest refundable within
(b) Money realized form afternoon lessons Monday to Thursday is
shared between the staff who take 2/3 and the school management
takes 1/3 at the end of the term.
( c) Money realized from extra – curricular activities like Graduation ,
Harvest /Carol services, Sport meeting ,e.t.c. is shared among the
staff who take ¼ (25%) and ¾ (75%) goes to the school management
after deducting the expenditure.
(d) Salary of staff are paid as at when due including the holidays.
(1) Lack of full- co-operation from churches, especially those in Ikare town.
(2) Because of the economic situation in the country, parents find it difficult to pay the school fees of their Children/Wards as at when due.
The Clergymen pay Half Tuition for their Children or wards. Parents with up to three Children in the school pay half tuition of the third child.
THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.
There are three available buses that ply various towns and villages in Akoko to convey pupils from their respective destination to the school. The towns and villages include: (1) Ajegunle Oka (2) Supare Akoko (3) Akungba Akoko (4) Oyin Akoko (5) Ikaram Akoko (6) Erusu Akoko (7) Arigidi Akoko (8) Ikare Akoko
THE RUNNING SYSTEM OF THE SCHOOL
The School runs its academic system from Monday to Thursday 7:30am to 3:00pm and between 7:30am to 1:00pm on Fridays. The School always comply with the policy of the government by observing every giving holidays.
SUBJECTS OFFER IN THE SCHOOL
Various subjects are offered by the pupils from KG to primary five under the supervision of the Headteacher. These include:
The School takes part in the regular examination conducted by the Ministry of Education, including the primary School leaving Certificate Examination, Federal Government Entrance Examination and the Unity secondary School Entrance Examination.
PARENTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (P.T.A.)
This is a body constituted by the school management to see to the affairs of the school in conjunction with the parents. The body is governed by some executives which include chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer and coordinators for each route.
The school anthems are of two verses. This was composed by the founding proprietress, Mrs. A.K. Olowokure immediately the school was established.
VERSE 1: Let all Margaret Lennon scholars,
Stand and praise the Lord our God,
Staff and Parents, who had labored,
Lift up your heart and rejoice.
CHORUS: Forward ever is our Anthem,
Fight as saints who nobly taught
For Christ and knowledge of his Truth,
Give us Grace and Peace, oh Lord.
VERSE 2: God of Grace and lord of Mercy
Let us to thy Glory live
Lord thy life of all things living
Guide us to our live we pray.
CHORUS: Forward ever is our Anthem,
Fight as saints who nobly taught
For Christ and knowledge of his Truth,
Give us Grace and Peace, oh Lord
ON-GOING PROJECT FOR AKOKO ANGLICAN DIOCESE
Since the creation of Akoko Anglican Diocese on 28th February 1983, there has not been any project as source of Income rather than the Diocesan Assessments paid by the Churches which many Churches are falling short of it. But in recent years (about 2 years ago), a land was given to the Diocese of Akoko at Abuja and in order to develop the land, a club was inaugurated for people to join in-order to raise fund for the project which the least contribution of every Anglican Member in Akoko should be N5,000.00 while some can pay up to N1,000,000.00 and more, and the Club is known as DIOCESE OF AKOKO CHRISTS’ AMBASSADOR CLUB (DACAC).
The inauguration of this Club is with the aim of using the proceeds to put up a building. Now the project has gulfed up to 50 million naira only to reach the level shown below.
The Diocese is now seeking for financial assistance from individual and corporates to complete the building project to the tune of 60 million naira only. At the completion of the said building, it will help the Diocese of Akoko to be self-supporting and self-financing, Church Assessments will be drastically reduced.
Your contributions can be paid into the following Account details
Bank Name: SKYE BANK
Bank Name: Diocese of Akoko Christ Ambassadors Club (DACAC)
Bank Account No: 1771577127
Present stage of the Building in Abuja.
The Rt. Revd. Gabriel Akinbolarin Akinbiyi, M.Th (London)
Diocesan Bishop of Akoko Anglican Diocese