A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

I served at the Church Headquarters in Lagos before being consecrated to bishop, after which I was sent to a new Diocese in Adadia, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. In December 2016 I was relocated to Port Harcourt Archdiocese as a bishop, Diocese of D-Line, where I am currently serving.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

I am well equipped as somebody serving in faith-based institutions. My research at the University was in Applied Theology, and this has helped me to have a ministry which is holistic, taking care of both body and soul. I have also contributed immensely to the issues of justice for all in my country.

Main work activities in your current role

My main work is to reach out to the perishing souls through God's word and relief materials. Through my ministry, the Diocese is able to break new grounds for the propagation of the gospel in order to have a just society.

A typical day in your job

When I arrived at my new station, I had a familiarization visit to the stations that were under mine. I will never forget the 20th December, 2016 when I visited Ikwere and Etche area which is a new section established by the Diocese. Due to cultism in the area, the work of God cannot progress the way it should in the area, and problems like this can be part of my typical daily job.

Main challenges in your role

The main challenge of my role is raising enough funding to buy land and build places of worship in areas where new churches need to be established. Fighting cultism and providing jobs for the youths in the area is also not without difficulty.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

Because I want to contribute to the building of a just and peaceful society.

Advice for students looking to enter this area of work?

They must have human sympathy and always ready to sacrifice time and resources to serve humanity.