Most Revd. Adebayo Akinde retired Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos Mainland and Archbishop of the Lagos Province of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
A man without guiles and with rather simple tastes, Akinde has earned for himself the deep affections of his parishioners.
The amiability of Professor Akinde, a rare combination of profound spirituality, intellectualism, this Spirit-filled and large-hearted servant of God touched thousands of lives in very extraordinary ways. For the most part he has lived what he preached. A man of prayers, the word ‘impossible’ does not exist in his mind. His prayers are fervent and obviously from the heart, and they often bear great results. He has feared nor despised no one. Not surprisingly, his slogan for the diocese is “Fear God, Do it Right and Flourish.”
Oftentimes, parishioners were puzzled by Akinde’s ability to connect with almost everybody, despite his very busy schedule as a bishop and archbishop overseeing 13 dioceses.
No Christian chore is too menial for him as long as it portrays Jesus Christ in positive light. His energy is boundless even at nearly 70 and his wisdom as a prelate simply incomparable.
But much more than these, Akinde’s social skills and outpouring of blessings on people who come his way are rather astounding. Ever so charismatic and eager to bless, he has become known even among his fellow prelates as the ever generous ‘Bishop Akinde.’
In the previous synods, this renowned professor of computer engineering had chosen themes that proved not only benedective but indeed most appropriate for the season. In the very first full synod of the diocese held in June 2007, he chose the theme “The Church’s One Foundation.” By that he tried to underscore the fact that Christ Jesus is the one true foundation of the church. Any other foundation is false and will crumble.
He also retired as a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, ILE IFE, NIGERIA, one of the first generation Universities, and is in its 58th year of existence.
He was deaconed on December 23, 1979, priested December 20, 1981, consecrated Diocesan Bishop on August 20, 2006, and presented as an Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos in January 11, 2012. He retired on August 23, 2016. Married to Mrs. Bassey E. AKINDE, they are blessed with 3 gentlemen, each a professional, living in Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.
Everyone is invited to enjoy this special event at Anglican Church Puerto Vallarta located on the north frontage road next to Sixt rental car across from the airport at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday, November 17.