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Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria
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Friday, June 24, 2022


The Seminary community was privileged to have an audience with one of her own- Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, the first black and more so the first Nigerian to serve as the pontifical diplomat of the United Nations. Beginning at 6:15pm with his arrival in the seminary community, he was welcomed by the Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese who also doubles as the chairman of the Seminary commission- Most Rev. Gabriel ’Leke Abegunrin. The Archbishop was also joined by the Formators and students in welcoming Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu into the seminary confines. Bodija prides in being a mosaic of cultures and this was overtly expressed in the welcoming of Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu. He was led to the Seminary auditorium by some seminarians dressed in their different traditional attires. The visiting Archbishop was also greeted in various languages by representatives of the various cultural groups in the Seminary community.  The Opening address was given by the Chairman of the Seminary Commision- Most. Rev. ’Leke Gabriel Abegunrin. This was immediately followed by the address from Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, who expressed the delight that had sparked in him from visiting Mother Bodija. Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu travelled down memory lane, recounting his experiences as a young minor seminarian down to his service in the United Nations as the pontifical diplomat. His life story was one couched with insightful life experiences and lessons for the entire community to feed from. Indeed, the Seminary community will not forget in a hurry this remarkable visit.  


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