Daniel Sarfo becomes primate of West Africa

By ACNS staff
Posted Feb 28, 2014

Bishop Daniel Sarfo. Photo: Anglican Journal

[Anglican Communion News Service] The surviving metropolitan archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa has been elevated to become its 10th primate.

According to a statement, Daniel Sarfo, archbishop of the internal province of Ghana, becomes the province’s new leader following the death of Archbishop S. Tilewa Johnson.

The statement read: “Following the demise of the 9th primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA), the late Most Rev. Dr. S. Tilewa Johnson and by the provisions of our Constitution, the Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, the archbishop of the internal province of Ghana, automatically becomes the 10th primate and metropolitan archbishop of the CPWA.”

Johnson, 59, was primate, metropolitan archbishop of the internal province of West Africa and bishop of Gambia. A popular figure both home and abroad, he died in Fajara on Jan. 21 while playing tennis – one of his favorite pastimes.

His unexpected death prompted tributes from around the world and from across Christian denominations and other religions. His funeral, which took place last Friday at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia, was attended by, among others, a high-level government delegation, and senior members of the Anglican Communion – including its Secretary General Canon Kenneth Kearon.


Comments (1)

  1. Petero sabune says:

    During my tenure as the Partnersip Offer for Our church, I got to one the late primate,His Grace,The Most Reverend Tilewa Johnson. There is much we can say in our sorrow and in our grief. Like the late Malcom X, who died also on February, 21 st. He changed how the world viewed the continent of Africa. He was a world traveller and he was technologically very advanced. He was one of most frequent user of social media. Cyberspace was his medium in addition to the pulpit and the tennis court.

    At his entronment on Sunday, Sunday November 18, 2012. Bish fmops from Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, Cameroon, Cape Verde and Liberia were there to lay hands on him at the Cathdedral Church of St. Mary in Bajul, Gambia. The same place where Alex Haley, Malcom’s mentor, came to discover his roots. I met him once in a coffe shop at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 44th st. He was with Canon Musoke Lubega, representing Africa at the UN. He our shining Prince. A man of God, a man of the people. May his soul Rest In Peace ! Amen

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