John O. Onaiyekan
Cardinal and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja
Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja
1963-65, studied Philosophy, SS. Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan; 1965-69, studied Theology, Pontifical Urban College of Propaganda Fide, Rome; 1971-73, studied Scripture, Pontifical Biblical Institute (Biblicum) Rome; 1973-76, Doctorate programme in Biblical Theology, Pontifical Urban University, Rome. 1969, ordained to Catholic Priesthood, Kabba. 1966-77, Rector, St Clement's Junior Seminary Lokoja; 1977, Vice-Rector, and 1978, Rector, Major Seminary, SS. Peter and Paul, Bodija, Ibadan; 1982, Auxiliary Bishop of Ilorin; 1983, ordained Bishop; 1984, Residential Bishop of Ilorin. 1990, Coadjutor Bishop of Abuja; 1992, Bishop of Abuja; 1994, Archbishop of Abuja. 24 November 2012, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Former special appointments with the Holy See: Member, International Theological Commission; Member, Methodist/Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission; Member of Council, General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican; Member, Standing Committee, Faith and Order Commission, World Council of Churches. Recipient, numerous honours and awards.