Former Secretary General of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Reverend DR Samuel Titilola Olayinka Akande is dead at the age of 94.
The President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Dr Samson Ayokunle, announced this on his Facebook page on Thursday.
Ayokunle, who doubles as the President, Christian Association of Nigeria, wrote, “Baba S.T.Ola Akande, former General Secretary, Nigerian Baptist Convention, has changed address today at a ripe age of 94.
“Rev. Samuel Titilola Oladele Akande has answered the glorious call! Baba relocated to the great beyond a few minutes ago after a brief illness. Good night baba. May God console and comfort the Nigerian Baptist Convention and his immediate family.”
Akande, fondly called ‘the Archbishop of the Baptist Church of Nigeria,’ was held in high esteem by the Baptist family in the country and beyond.
Akande was the third indigenous General Secretary of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
He served the Convention in various capacities from 1951 to 1991. He was described by his admirers as a dutiful minister, a courageous preacher, a talented teacher, and one of the “best Nigerian Baptist leader ever produced.”