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South Africa Consecrates Africa’s 1st Female Bishop

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has consecrated the continent’s first woman bishop.
The Revd Ellinah Wamukoya was made bishop of Swaziland during a service in the deeply traditional kingdom last weekend. 
She was elected bishop by clergy and lay representatives of the diocese earlier this year.

Women were first ordained as priests in the Anglican Church in Southern Africa 20 years ago. Within months of Bishop Wamukoya’s election, another woman, the Revd Margaret Vertue, was elected
bishop of the Diocese of False Bay, which is centred on the town of Somerset West, outside Cape Town.

The church has been ahead of its mother church, the Church of England (CoE) , both in ordaining women as priests and in making them bishops. The CoE this week faces a crucial vote on whether to allow woman bishops.
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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.


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