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.
The Annual Ladies/Girls Guild. We are thanking God Almighty for the success of the year 2016 camp. The camp which was being held as usual at Rufus Giwa Secondary School Ibaram Iyani Akoko came up between Thursday 7th April 2016 – Sunday 10th April 2016. It was hosted by the Cathedral Church of St Stephen Ikare. The Theme was “Living a purposeful life” (Eph 1:9 – 12).
The camp was opened with a Holy Communion service which was led by the Host and the Chaplains. The camp also featured Bible Study, Match pass, Discussion I – “It does not matter: Christian conflict between the church and the world” led by Mrs. C.K. Opaleye while Discussion II was handled by Mrs. O.O. Awoneye on “What are the causes of sexual pressure?”
Talk I, II and III were taken by Mrs. E.O. Agunloye, Sister Ope Ogunsusi and Mrs. A.O Akingbesote respectively on:
- Talk I “Walk by the spirit” Gal 5:16,
- Talk II “You are highly favoured” Luke 1:28.
- Talk III “Entrepreneurship and career”.
Variety night by each Archdeaconry, Physical Exercise, Catching the train, Health Talk on “Toilet Disease (virginal infection”) delivered by Mrs. B.A. Olorunkoya Practical work on how to make cookies directed by Mama Akoko, Mrs. Stella Akinbiyi and cooking competition was not left behind. The camp was full of numerous activities.
There was a class for the Children where we have four to five experienced teacher handling them and they enjoyed themselves throughout the programme.
There was also Bible quiz amongst representatives of each Archdeaconry. Thanksgiving service and presentation of gifts/trophies to the winner of each event camp up. The following Archdeaconries emerged 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in;
Match pass 1st – Ogbagi Archdeaconry
2nd – Ajowa Archdeaconry
3rd – Oba Archdeaconry
Bible quiz 1st – Akoko South East Archdeaconry
2nd – Akungba Archdeaconry
3rd – Okeagbe Archdeaconry
Catching the Train – 1st – Ogbagi Archdeaconry
2nd – Cathedral
3rd – Oka Archdeaconry
Cooking competition 1st – Cathedral
2nd – Ikare Archdeaconry
3rd – Ogbagi Archdeaconry
The Host, Ven. J.O.Idowu (Dean) celebrating the Holy Communion at the Camp ground during the Opening Service
Mama Akoko at the camp ground listening to the Message with rapt attention
The Ladies and Girls Guild doing the matching at the Camp ground
The 8th Edition of the Diocesan Jesus Carnival was between November, 2015 while the Grand Finale was held at the Field of the Bishopscourt, Ugbe Road, Ikare Akoko.
THE PRE & POST CARNIVAL
The Pre-Carnival Power Night was held at St. Thomas’ Church, Eshe, Ikare on Friday 13th November while the Exchange programme came up on Sunday, 15th November, 2015.
The programme started at 10.30am with the arrival of the Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Revd. G. A. Akinbiyi and Mama Akoko, Mrs. Stella A. Akinbiyi. The Venerable F. A. Adaramola said the Opening Prayer, while Venerable O. O. Adeosun was the Carnival Master of Ceremony; he introduced Baba and Mama Akoko, Chief M. O. Olabode, The Baba Ijo of the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen, Ikare and other dignitaries.
During the formal and official opening of the year’s carnival by the Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Revd. Gabriel A. Akinbiyi, he emphasized, succinctly, spoke on God’s power of deliverance, healing and salvation. He charged and encouraged all to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally, proclaim and preach Him. The Diocesan Bishop took time to do a pain-staking introduction of the Diocesan Carnival Guest Minister, The RT. Revd. (Prof.) Dapo Asaju, the former Dean of the Church of Nigeria Crowther Graduate School, Abeokuta, now the Vice Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo. The Bishop expressed his happiness on been successful, eventually at bringing the Rt. Revd. Prof. Dapo Asaju as Guest Minister at our Annual DJC after many unsuccessful attempts. He thereafter declared the Carnival open.
At the close of the official opening Lady Evangelist Mrs. Gbemisola Olarewaju took the stage, on invitation, leading the praise and worship sessions. This was followed by Song Ministration by Evangelist Ogunleye (AwokoJesu).
PROCLAMATION OF JESUS
At mid-day, The Dr. Mrs. S. A. Olowodunoye, led the participants in the proclamation of JESUS for five minutes. Our Guest Artiste Lady Evangelist Mrs. Gbemisola Olarewaju led the congregation in another inspiring, lively and moving praise session.
These are rendered by the Lady Evang. Mrs. Gbemisola Olarewaju, Evang. Ogunleye (AwokoJesu) and Ikare AYF Choir. Testimonies: There were given by (1) Bro. Lawrence Dey Love, who escape from a sudden death from Okada/truck accident. (2) Ven. E.A. Adeniyi whose daughter, God gave a baby boy in answer to prayer at 2014 DJC after five years of marriage.
24 Converts were, many were revived spiritually while many fell under God’s powerful anointing
The year 2015 Women Harvest was held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Akungba Akoko on Saturday 28th November 2015. The Women from all Archdeaconries including the Cathedral came with different attires came to grace the occasion. The Service started at 10.00am by the Vicar in Charge, Ven. F. T. Akerele with all the Church workers within the Archdeaconry. The Lord Bishop of Akoko preached the sermon. This year only two Chairperson were invited and the Lord used them to bless the Women. May the Lord continue to replenish their purses in Jesus name. We thank God for his enabling grace granted us to celebrate the fourth harvest. We thank all the Chairpersons, the Host and those that contributed generously to the success of the Harvest. May the Lord of harvest bless you all. Amen.