Dominic Ekandem

Akwa Ibom State Nigeria Pope Paul VI

Dominic Ignatius Ekandem
Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus of Abuja
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ChurchRoman Catholic Church
DioceseAbuja
SeeAbuja
Appointed19 June 1989
Term ended28 September 1992
SuccessorJohn Olorunfemi Onaiyekan
Other postsCardinal-Priest of San Marcello (1976-95)
Orders
Ordination7 December 1947
by Charles Heerey
Consecration7 February 1954
by James Moynagh
Created cardinal24 May 1976
by Pope Paul VI
RankCardinal-Priest
Personal details
Birth nameDominic Ignatius Ekandem
Born1917 (1917)
Obio Ibiono, Ibiono LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Died24 November 1995(1995-11-24) (aged 77–78)
Abuja, Nigeria
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MottoIn cruce salus

Dominic Ignatius Ekandem (1917 – 24 November 1995), was a Roman Catholic cardinal and was the first West African Catholic Bishop. He also founded the Missionary Society of Saint Paul of Nigeria (M.S.P.).

A native of Akwa Ibom State, Ekandem attended several Catholic seminaries before he became a priest. He was ordained on 7 December 1947, and became the first priest from the old Calabar province. His first assignment as bishop was as auxiliary of Calabar from 1953 to 1963. He was Bishop of Ikot Ekpene from 1963 to 1981; during that tenure, in April 1976, he was installed a cardinal. He then became Ecclesiastical Superior of Abuja, and when Abuja became a diocese in 1989, he became its Archbishop (personal title).

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