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Biography of Anglican Primate 'Henry Ndukuba'

Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba (born 18 July 1961) is a Nigerian Anglican Bishop. He has been the 5th Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of .
Henry Ndukuba was born in a Christian home in State. His parents, Silas and Selina Ndukuba, were Christian Missionary Society (now known as Anglican) school and church teachers from Ogberuru, Orlu, Imo State.[1] Ndukuba is married to Angela E. Ndukuba (née Okoro), an educationist. They have six children, a grandson and two granddaughters.
He attended Bishop Shanahan College, Orlu and had his WASC in 1978. While in secondary school he gave his life to Christ as a teenager in 1977 and this meant a very new beginning for him. He worked in state library, ministry of education 1979–1980. He received the call into the ministry of the gospel in Kano and was subsequently sent to the Theological college of northern Nigeria (TCNN) Bukuru 1980 – 1984 and obtained B.D Degree in 1984. He did his in Kano State 1984–1985. He obtained M.A in systematic Theology, Durham University, England in 1990 and M.A in Christian Education, Princeton Theological seminary, New Jersey, USA in 1996. In 1996, he won the John Havran’s Princeton prize for Christian Education.
He was ordained into diaconate in 1984 by Bishop B.B. Ayam at the age 23 to the priesthood in 1985. He became Canon in 1989 at the age of 28 and an Archdeacon in 1992 at the age 31. He served in St Georges Anglican Church Borupai Kano until he was sent to teach in St. Francis of Assisi Theological College, Wusasa Zaria in 1985, where become the acting dean. In July 1996 he was moved back to be the Archdeacon of Kano and help stabilize the Anglican Diocese of Kano after some turbulent period. In July 1999 he was requested to return as Dean of St. Francis College, Wusasa. On 21 September 1999, he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Diocese of Gombe, at the aged of 38 years old. On 25 November 1999 the new diocese was inaugurated as the 71st diocese of the Church of Nigeria. As the Bishop of Gombe, the Anglican diocese has grown from 18 congregation to over 150 churches. Church planting and evangelism, raising of lay and pastoral leadership and discipleship remain the core of his ministry.[4] He worked with communities and leaders of Gombe state to establish peaceful coexistence and community development. In order to sustain the ministry of the gospel in Gombe state, Bishop Henry worked with Luke partnership, Nigeria Bible Translation Trust and Seed company to produce literary materials and translate the Bible and Jesus film into 10 of the 17 tribal languages of the state. He was succeeded by Cletus Tambari as the Bishop of Gombe. Bishop Tambari was consecrated by the outgoing Primate Nicholas Okoh on 20 March 2020 at Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity, Lokoja, Kogi State.
He is the chairman of the liturgy and spirituality committee of the Church of Nigeria whose responsibility is to produce the Annual Bible study manual and Daily fountain devotional, Sunday school manual and youth devotional.
His committee has produced the new Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal for the Church of Nigeria. He also serves as the chairman of the Church of Nigeria Historical records and Artifacts committee, charged with the responsibility of recording and preserving the historical records and artifacts of the Church and set up an Archives.
He is the BOT Chairman of LIST the registered body working on translation of Bible, Jesus Film and literary materials in Nigeria languages especially minority languages in Nigeria.
He is a biblical scholar, teacher, master liturgist, pastor and an accomplished evangelist. He is also a prolific writer.
On 22 September 2017, the House of Bishops elected Ndukuba as the new Archbishop of Jos. He succeeded Benjamin Kwashi, the Bishop of Jos. The province of Jos comprises ten dioceses in North-Central of Nigeria. In January, 2020, Ibrahim Markus was elected as the new Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Jos to replace Archbishop Ndukuba, who was soon to be enthroned as the Primate of all Nigeria. Archbishop Markus was also the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Yola at the time.
On 24 September 2019, he was elected Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria at the Episcopal Synod of the Church of Nigeria in Asaba, Delta State. On 25 March 2020, he assumed office as the Primate of Nigeria, and the Bishop of , taking over from Nicholas Okoh.

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