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West Africa Theological Seminary Opens in Lagos

Added: Aug 6th, 2001 9:44 AM

Lekan Otufodunrin
Nigeria Online Christian News, Lagos

Theological education in Africa received a boost on September 22 with the grand opening of the new campus of the West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS) in Lagos, the most populous city in sub-Saharan Africa.

The event which also featured convocation for graduating students and matriculation of new students attracted top Christian leaders across the country and government officials, including the nation's Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana .

"The facilities in this new campus is impressive and compares well with the kind you find in secular Universities. I have no doubt that it will be a centre of excellence judging board who are dedicated to the gospel of salvation' Gana stated.

Although, Lagos the country's former capital city already boast of some Theological Colleges and Bible Schools, WATS, headed by an American, Dr Gary Maxey is set to offer quality Christian Leadership training which is missing in some of the existing institutions. The Seminary, which is affiliated to the University of Nigeria, Nsuka, one of the nation's top University, has commenced the first-of-its-kind-in Africa, Master Arts (MA), in Christian Leadership, exclusively for Episcopal level leadership.

It also has a wide range of courses which Maxey says will be offered based on the highest standard of Spiritual, Biblical and Theological training. Student intakes in the institution, formerly located in Owerri , Eastern part of the country for 12 years cuts across ten Africa nations with intakes from Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa, Liberia and Zimbabwe.

Maxey thanked various supporters of the project and pleaded for continued financial and moral support of Christians in Nigeria and abroad.

Secretary of the Lagos Branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop George Amu pledged the support of Lagos Church leaders for the Seminary, which he noted, is a major milestone in advancing theological education in the country. He advised graduating students to avoid commercializing the gospel, practice what they preach and respect their leaders.

The personal Chaplain to the country's President and President of the Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary Rev. Yesufu Obaje in his address urged Seminarians to play positive role in societal transformation. Two distinguished Nigeria Christian leaders, Reverend Panya Baba and Dr Ishaya Audu received the WATS achievers award at the occasion for their contribution to the growth of Christianity in the country.

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