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Cornelius Adam Igbudu

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Cornelius Adam Igbudu (1914-1981) simply known as Adam Igbudu was the founding evangelist of the Anglican Adam Preaching Society (A.A.P.S),[1] an evangelical group in the Nigerian Anglican Church.

In 1992, Professor Michael Y. Nabofa wrote a book about his life titled: "Adam: The Evangelist".[2] In May 1998, Professor Sam U. Erivwo wrote that Cornelius Adam Igbudu was held "in very high regard" by Bishop Agori Iwe, his contemporary.[3] In August 2022, Linus Edeigba also wrote a book about his life.[4]

Today, the origin of several existing Nigerian independent churches, such as God's Grace Ministry led by D. D. Mimeyeraye (now known as D. D. Miyerijesu) and New Glory Revival Ministry led by S. U. Ayanyen, has been traced to the evangelistic ministry of Cornelius Adam Igbudu in the Nigerian Anglican Church.[5]

In recognition of his evangelistic achievements in the Nigerian Anglican Church, Cornelius Adam Igbudu was promoted to the status of a saint and a church was named after him (St. Adam's Anglican Church at Oghio in the Olomu area of Delta State). A secondary school in Araya (Adam Igbudu Memorial Secondary School)[6] was named after him, including a bible school in Emevor (Adam Igbudu Christian Institute). [7]

The Anglican Adam Preaching Society (A.A.P.S) has not ended along with Cornelius Adam Igbudu in 1981. In fact, it has expanded over the years and, according to Professor Sam U. Erivwo, through this movement the Urhobo, the Isoko and the Itsekiri witnessed (and is still witnessing) unusual revival.[8]

According to Professor Amos Utuama, the Isoko nation has long been evangelized, noting that as far back as 1950, they had a great Evangelist in the person of late Cornelius Adam Igbudu.[9] He was credited with healing ability.[10][11]

He was said to have "visited church after church winning converts and strengthening believers".[12] He was also said to have had a disagreement with a prominent Nigerian Isoko cleric, Archbishop Christian Aggrey Apena, whom he accused of "disturbing his ministry" in the Nigerian Anglican Church.[13]

He was also said to have "left unbeatable legacies in the Christian race in Isoko".[14]

Archbishop Cyril Odutemu was born on 2 May 1972 at a crusade ground during the evangelical exploits of the late popular evangelist, Cornelius Adam Igbudu.[15]

On 30 October 2023, Cornelius Adam Igbudu's contribution to the spread of Christianity in Nigeria was again recognized and he was also described as "Isoko's greatest evangelist".[16]

Professor Peter Palmer Ekeh, Founder of Urhobo Historical Society, later wrote in his book: History of the Urhobo People of Niger Delta, that "The evangelical movement of Adam's Anglican Preaching Society (A.A.P.S.), which he founded, bestrode the Anglican Communion in the Former Bendel State. It created waves of mass conversions".[17]

References

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  1. Ogedegbe, Isaiah (15 March 2023). "Cornelius Adam Igbudu: Isoko's Greatest Evangelist". Opinion Nigeria. Archived from the original on 15 March 2023. Retrieved 24 May 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. Nabofa, Michael Y. (1992). Adam: The Evangelist. Daystar Press. ISBN 978-978-122-224-5.
  3. Professor Sam U. Erivwo. "FOREWORD". Urhobo Historical Society.
  4. "Adam Igbudu : He got provoked in the spirit and commanded his dead father to come back to life". Infopedia Publication. 23 August 2022.
  5. Smit, Johannes; Kumar, Pratap (2018). Study of Religion in Southern Africa: Essays in Honour of G.C. Oosthuizen. BRILL. p. 108. ISBN 978-904-740-749-2.
  6. "Foundation Brings Succour To Students In Isokoland, Donates 50,000 Notebooks". BigPen Nigeria. 31 October 2017. Archived from the original on 2023-05-25. Retrieved 25 May 2023.
  7. Agamugoro, Peters (12 February 2022). "Adam Igbudu Christian Institute Graduates 26 Masters Degree Students!". Anglican Diocese of Warri. Archived from the original on 2023-05-25. Retrieved 25 May 2023.
  8. Erivwo, Samuel U. (1979). The Urhobo, the Isoko and the Itsekiri: A History of Christianity in Nigeria. Daystar Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-978-122-139-2.
  9. Ahon, Festus (22 January 2009). "Nigeria: We'll Uphold Sanctity of Christianity -Utuama". AllAfrica. Archived from the original on 2023-05-27. Retrieved 27 May 2023.
  10. "Igbudu, Cornelius Adam". DACB.org. Archived from the original on 2023-05-11. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  11. "History of the Founder". AAPS.org.ng. Archived from the original on 2023-05-11. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  12. Onibere, S. G. A; Adogbo, Michael P. (2010). Selected Themes in The Study of Religions in Nigeria. African Books Collective. p. 72. ISBN 978-978-842-224-2.
  13. Eyoboka, Sam; Abugoh, Gladys (1 December 2013). "Why I fought Idahosa, Anglicans - Archbishop Christian Aggrey Apena". Vanguard News. Archived from the original on 2022-10-25. Retrieved 29 May 2023.
  14. Odidi, Godday (1 July 2014). "We don't have influential Pastors and Musicians in Isoko-Pastor Odidi". The Nigerian Voice. Archived from the original on 2023-06-01. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  15. "Odutemu: 10 Things You Should Know About New Archbishop Of Bendel Province". Niger Delta Today. 11 January 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-08-10. Retrieved 1 June 2023.
  16. Nigeria, News (30 October 2023). "Cornelius Adam Igbudu: Isoko's Greatest Evangelist". NewsNGR. Archived from the original on 1 November 2023. Retrieved 13 November 2023. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  17. Ekeh, Peter Palmer (2007). History of the Urhobo People of Niger Delta. Urhobo Historical Society. p. 220. ISBN 978-978-077-288-8.