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Life and Times of Bishop Elenwo, Samuel Onyuku. Part 2

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EDUCATION AND EARLY CARRIER

Young Samuel grew up like his mates, working and playing with them as brothers at home and in school. He loved to play table tennis, dress well and dance vivaciously to indigenous music. His parents introduced him to their trading occupation because they lived and worked with Kalabari neighbors. It was through this exposure that Samuel learned the Kalabari language which he spoke fluently.

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Samuel began his educational career at the famous Ogbakiri Central School (OCS), Okporowo Ogbakiri. Sam also attended St.Peter’s School, Isiokpo, briefly before up at O.C.S with standard six Certificate.

From there he went on to Kalabari National College, and then to New Bethel College, Onitsha and from there he proceeded to Dennis Memorial Grammer School also in onitsha, where he passed his O and A levels.

Sam’s devotion as a student attracted the attention of Bishop Fubara who, like a father became very much attached to Sam and encouraged him so much. Sam became very very active in the church. He became one of the leaders in the choir and helped to organize the choristers. He sang the tenor part.

Sam Leading worship During an Episcopal Service;
Source [2]

Sam went further to study Theology at Immanuel college, Ibadan where he was awarded the London diploma in Theology in 1956.

From 1966-1973, Sam’s quest for educational excellence took him to three universities.

  1. University of Ibadan where he got a diploma in Religious Studies in 1968,
  2. University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo Univery, Ile ife) where he obtained a certificate in philosophy and Logic,
  3. University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he obtained Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Education.

Sam also had the privilege to attend various conferences both locally and internationally, which to be further avenues for knowledge.

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Sam as a young priest. Source [2]

EARLY CARRIER

Sam’s journey into his secular carrier began when he was appointed a teacher and posted to St.Matthew’s school, Igbo-Etchie.

From Igbo – Etchie, Sam left for Holy Trinity School, Rumuapara. From Rumuapara, Sam processed to the Native Administration (NA) school, Ibaa. At Ibbaa, Sam who was now both physically and psychologically more mature, made his mark as a distinguished teacher.

Sam also worked with the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria, Lagos as Well as Government Comprehensive College Borikiri.

In 1980, Sam Joined the Rivers State Broadcasting Corporation as Head of Religious department and Radio Pastor.

References

1. Dictionary of African Christian Biography, Elenwo, Samuel Onyuku dacb.org. Retrieved 2021-04-28

2. Joy Elenwo Ofordu (2018) Omoluabi a man of good Character: Gospel Warehouse, Port Harcourt.

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