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Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Bishop ...
Rev. Benjamin Kwashi, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Jos in the Church of Nigeria who is our Guest Preacher this year;
Professor Iyorwuese Hagher
Rev. Bishop Benjamin Kwashi, Ph.D, the Anglican Bishop of Jos, the institute is managed by a Board of Trustees comprising leading intellectuals and respected national leaders.
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Rev. Dr. Benjamin Argak Kwashi is Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos and Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Jos in the Church of Nigeria.
e and his wife, Gloria, live in Jos, Plateau State, in Northern Nigeria.
hey have six children, three of whom are away from home studying at University or Polytechnic.
Plateau State is Bishop Kwashi's home: he was born in the village of Amper in 1955.
e grew up in a Christian home, and his
father was a noted teacher and educationalist.
He attended the Nigerian Military School, but when he received a clear call to go into the church's ministry in 1976, he turned his back on a military career.
e trained for the ministry at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria
, and it was there that he
fter ordination and marriage they served in a variety of rural and urban parishes and settings in Kaduna Diocese (northern Nigeria) until in 1990 he was appointed Rector of St. Francis of Assisi Theological College.
rom there he was called to be Bishop of Jos, where he was consecrated and enthroned in 1992.
Both the Bishop and his
wife hold a Bachelor of Divinity degree; the Bishop also is also a Doctor of Ministry and a Doctor of Divinity.
Bishop has held many positions on Boards and Trusts both within Nigeria and internationally.
e is currently the International Chairman of SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad).
n 2003 he was conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).
Bishop Ben Kwashi
The secular media gave full coverage to the terrible things going on in Onitsha, which must be stopped and the culprits punished.
But some of the reports failed to highlight the fact that the violence all began with Muslims attacking Christians in the North.
One attack concerned the wife of someone I have known through REFORM and who was visiting England in February - Bishop Ben Kwashi.
The Bishop, Dr Benjamin Kwashi, who was in the UK when the attack took place, returned home without delay, and called for immediate 'intervention, assistance, and protection' from the Nigerian police.
In a letter to the Inspector General of Police in Abuja, Dr Kwashi
wrote: 'They got everybody under their control and any little move was met with severe and brutal beatings resulting in injuries.
As a result, my first son, Rinji (aged 19 years), was beaten to the point of unconsciousness.
Nanminen, our last son (seven years) was also severely injured on his
Morris, our gateman, was injured in the face.'
The attackers, who demanded to know the Bishop's whereabouts, then singled out Mrs Kwashi. 'She was taken to the bedroom, where she
was undressed naked and severely beaten.
They tortured her to produce me, and they made their demand very clear, asking where I, Bishop Kwashi, CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) chairman, was.
She told them that I was not CAN chairman, and that I was not around,' the Bishop said.
After the attack, she
was marched naked three kilometres to the diocesan office, where she
was forced to hand over money.
After attacking staff members at the diocesan headquarters, the assailants fled, and the alarm was raised.
was admitted to hospital with serious injuries to her
back, hips, head, and other areas.
was appealing for help and protection for his
family and staff after the 'apparent and imminent threat to my life and to the lives of my family'.
Baroness Cox, a close friend of the family, said on Tuesday that she
was in no doubt that the attack was linked to anti-Christian protests in other parts of Nigeria.
She said that the family was recovering, but that Mrs Kwashi was still seriously ill, and there were 'very serious concerns' about future safety and the targeting of Christians. 'I have written already to a government minister expressing my concern, as this is not the first attack on Bishop Kwashi and his home,' Lady Cox said.
Dr Kwashi was in England at the time of the attack for a meeting of Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) International, of which he is chairman.
A statement from SOMA on Wednesday said that after two operations Mrs Kwashi
had been moved out of intensive care, and that the surgery she
had undergone had been successful."
Ben Kwashi was born into a Christian home and went through normal primary education attending the Nigerian Military School.
had been preparing for a military career he
received a clear call to go into the church's ministry in 1976.
served in the Church for some two years before being sent for training to the Theological College of Northern Nigeria
and it was there that he
was ordained in 1982 and in January 2008 he
was presented as the Archbishop of Jos Province, Nigeria.
pastoral experience is wide and varied as he
has worked in rural and urban churches.
He is currently the International Chairman of SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad) and is well known as an international preacher and evangelist.
married to Gloria and they have six children of their own and numerous additional children that they have welcomed into an extension to their own home in Jos.