Peter Akinola

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Peter Akinola was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of Nigeria in 1979. Soon after ordination, he moved to the United States to study at the Virginia Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a master’s degree. Upon his return to Nigeria, he served in the Abuja diocese, being consecrated as bishop in 1989. In 1998 he became archbishop in Islam-dominated northern Nigeria, and in 2000 he was elected primate of all Nigeria, the second biggest church in the Anglican Communion. He also served as Archbishop of the Abuja Province and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria. Upon his retirement as Primate of Nigeria in 2010, he launched the Peter Akinola Foundation.