Methodist Church Nigeria elects first woman bishop

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Very Rev. Nkechi Nwosu made history on Sunday when she was elected as the Methodist Church Nigeria’s first woman bishop by the conference.

Nwosu was elected bishop-elect of Jos at the ongoing 48th/13th Biennial Conference of the church, tagged Benue2022, held in Abuja.

At the same conference, the Archbishop of Benue archdiocese, the Most Revd Oliver Ali Aba, was elected the new Prelate of the Church, making it the first time a leader of the church will come from the northern part of the country.

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The Prelate-elect takes over from the incumbent, His Eminence Samuel Kanu Uche, who is due to retire soon after serving in the position for 10 years.

It was gathered that Revd Aba defeated his closest contender, the archbishop of Ilesa, Most Revd Amos Akindeko, by 90 votes to 87, after four rounds of voting in an election contested by 10 archbishops and bishops.

The church also created three new archdioceses, 19 new dioceses, and two foreign missions during the conference that is billed to end tomorrow.