Thursday 31 March 2022

Ilesa Anglican Diocese Welcomes Prof. Dapo Asaju as 5th Bishop.... Read his profile

Prof. Dapo Asaju, the former Vice Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, becomes the 5th Bishop of Ilesa Anglican Diocese, the Bishop Theologian of the Church of Nigeria by election and translation becomes the Shepherd of the flock of God in Ilesa, one of the oldest Diocese in the Church of Nigeria.

Ilesa Diocese has been fortunate to have a succession of Bishops such as: Rt Rev J.A.I. Falope: 1974-1981,Rt Rev G.I.O. Olajide: 1981–1987,The Rt. Rev. E.A. Ademowo (retired as Most Rev E.A. Ademowo)  1987 -1999 The Rt. Rev. Dr. S.O. Sowale June 2000 – Dec 2021.

Bishop Professor Oladapo Folorunsho Asaju hails from Iyara Ijumu, in Kogi State of Nigeria. He was born on 16th November 1961. He started his primary education at St. Andrew’s Primary School, Kabba where he later proceeded to Holy Trinity at Lokoja. He later concluded his studies at Okesuna B Primary School, Oja Oba, Ilorin. He attended Abdul Azeez Memorial College Okene for his secondary education. He is an alumnus of the University of Ilorin, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983; Master of Arts in Christian Studies in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Christian Studies in 2003 from the same university. He delivered the University’s first Alumni Lecture in 1985. He also got Masters in Mission from Birmingham Christian College, Selly Oak, Birmingham, UK in 2003.

Rt. Rev. Asaju began his career as a graduate assistant (1983–1984) at University of Ilorin and Assistant Lecturer in Lagos State University (1984–1988). He became a Lecturer II in 1988, Lecturer I (1990), Senior lecturer (1992) in Lagos State University.  


He worked in the University of Ilorin as a sabbatical Senior lecturer (1995), Diploma in Theology (ordination) Archbishop Vining College of Theology, Akure, Nigeria Diploma in Theology (ordination) Archbishop Vining College of Theology, Akure, Associate Professor (2000) and rose to the post of a Professor of Christian Studies in 2004. He delivered his Inaugural Lecture in 2005, titled “Re-enthroning Theology as Queen of Sciences: Theological and Missiological Challenges of African Biblical Hermeneutics”.Professor Asaju, Bishop Theologian of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion distinguished himself in his academic field. He was Visiting Professor and William Paton Fellow at the Department of Theology, Birmingham University, UK where he later served as External Examiner to three PhD theses. He was acting Dean, Faculty of Arts Lagos State University, 2005–2007; Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Lagos State University; Member Governing Council, Lagos State University (2006–2008), member, Advisory Council to Government of Lagos State, Visiting Associate Professor Bayreuth University, Germany. He was one time chairman, Academic Staff Union, Lagos State University, 1988–1993, and later the Vice Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University.

Bishop Asaju has also served the Church in different locations and capacities. He was Vicar of Church of Epiphany, Iba Estate; Church of Transfiguration, Ketu Badagry Expressway. Lagos, Chaplain Chapel of Light, Lagos State University 2006–2009. A Bishop Theologian, Church of Nigeria and Rector, Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary.He is married to Barrister Mrs. Harriet Seun Asaju with children. 

Mama Ilesa, Barrister Mrs Asaju, (B.A., M.LS, LLB, BL.), is the Head of Law Library, Lagos  State University; Visiting Deputy Librarian, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo.

The Rt. Rev. Prof Asaju is a frontline Church Father, an astute administrator and a distinguished Theologian of global recognition. He has served the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) diligently in many capacities.​T​he Rt. Rev. Professor Dapo Asaju would bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new assignment as a Diocesan Bishop because he has always shown tremendous zeal in evangelism.


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