Olubunmi Okogie, Archbishop emeritus of Lagos (Nigeria), was born on 16
June 1936 in Lagos, Nigeria. He was ordained a priest on 11 December
1966. He holds a licentiate in sacred theology.
Following ordination, Cardinal Okogie planned to continue his studies in
Rome, but was unexpectedly called back to Nigeria where he served for a
short time as pastoral assistant at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos.
He was then drafted into the Nigerian army as a chaplain. He served
again at the Cathedral and was appointed as Catholic religious
instructor and chaplain in King's College, a State Secondary School. On
29 August 1971, he was ordained titular Bishop of Mascula and Auxiliary
of Oyo. He was transferred to Lagos first as Auxiliary Bishop, then on
13 April 1973 nominated
Archbishop. Cardinal Okogie played a prominent role in the
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), where he served as President. He
also served as President of the Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria from
Has taken part in the Council of Cardinals for the Study
of Organizational and Economic Affairs of the Holy See.
emeritus of Lagos, 25 May 2012.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by
the Bl. John Paul II in the
21 October 2003, of the Title of Beata Vergine Maria del Monte
Carmelo a Mostacciano (Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
- Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples;
- Pontifical Council for Social Communications.