The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, in conjunction with the Archbishop JKA Aggey Foundation, has lined up events to celebrate the life and time of the first Black Archbishop in the Archdiocese of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr. John Kwao Amuzu Aggey on the occasion of his 50th memorial anniversary.
Making the announcement at a press briefing held at the Holy Cross Cathedral, the organising committee for the memorial anniversary disclosed that the activities lined up to mark the memorial anniversary will include posthumous birthday mass, 50th Anniversary thanksgiving mass, visitation to special need schools amongst others with the grand finale scheduled for September 22, 2022.
Abimbola Iseyemi Haastrup, the Chairperson, of the memorial Anniversary said that the anniversary was an avenue to review his contributions to the lives of God’s people within the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos and beyond.
On his part, Rev. Father Anthony Godonu, who spoke on behalf of the Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, said the late Archbishop was a leader worthy of emulation
Extolling the virtues of the late Arch Bishop, Father Godonu described him as a man who stood for the truth, urging politicians to emulate his attitude and virtues of the late Archbishop while serving Nigerians.
Also, Mr Peter Nwanze the chairman all-purpose committee, catholic Archdiocese of Lagos echoed the need for Nigerian politicians to emulate the value of Archbishop Aggey.
“What politicians can learn from his life is service, from his career and his years in ministry he was regarded as a bush priest serving in the lowest terrain always accepting to go where other people would ordinarily not accept to go,” Mr Nwaze said.
Born on March 5, 1908, to Togolese parents, Mr Aggey was ordained a priest on April 16, 1944. He served as a priest for about 28 years.
The historic Archbishop is survived by years of legacies passed on to many lives he touched who have in turn carried on his legacies by setting up foundations, schools and other charitable courses in all in his memories.