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Josiah Obasi Akandu
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Birth: 1914
Death: Feb. 17, 1985
Imo, Nigeria

Gospel preacher listed in Preachers of Today, Vol. 2, 1959, p. 4. Josiah Obasi Akandu was buried on the 9th of March 1985 in his home town Amaudi, Obizi Mbaise Imo state

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOSIAH OBASI AKANDU

Born to Mazi Akandu Onuigba and Ugoeze Nwanyiakaghibeya Akandu of Amaudi Obizi Ezinihitte Mbaise Imo State in 1907, Between 1922 and 1931. He attended CMS school Obizi, Udo group school Onicha, St Lukes group school Osusu Ngwa, CMS school Ezeoke Nsu and St Silas school Old Umuahia where he passed standard 6. In 1933 he took up teaching appointment and in 1935 he resigned and went to Kafanchan to work with the Nigerian Railway Corporation, a year later he resigned and went back to teaching. Between 1936 and 1941, he taught in several schools in the then Umuahia Division. In 1941, he resigned and went back to school to acquire more knowledge at Ihie Collegete Institute, the highest institution of higher learning then equivalent to a university because there was no university then in Nigeria. On graduation he became a headmaster and headed several schools and in 1952, he resigned again and went to work with the Agricultural Development at Asa Obuzor in Ukwa Division, before then he had become a lay reader/ chaplain in the anglican church. It was at Asa Obuzor that his calling to serve God manifested hence he combined his religious work in the Anglican Church with his secular job at the Agric Dept. As an Anglican pastor, he came back to his home town Obizi to head the community school Obokwu Obizi. It was here at Obizi that he was arrested by the true gospel of Christ through one of his pupils Joshua Ezurike. Young Joshua Ezurike was known to be a late comer to school, and such attitude was unacceptable to the school authorities, when the headmaster who happened to be late Josiah Akandu investigated the cause of the boys lateness, it was discovered that he usually attend early morning prayer in a "certain church" before coming to school and this was unacceptable then in an Anglican school, that attitude as seen by the school authorities earned the boy several strokes of cain, and it was during one of the flogging sessions that a tract titled "which church did Christ build" fell off the boys book and the headmaster ( J. O. Akandu) picked it. After a careful perusal of the tract, the message sank in and the boy was invited for further discussion on the contents of the tract and later the boys father was invited, this turned him to a radical preacher in the anglican church and he later denounced his anglican faith and was converted into the body of Christ, he was baptized by Okon Otoye at Ikot Usen where he went for a short course on biblical studies. He later translated the tract "which church did Jesus build" into Igbo language. He was sent to Ukpom Abak BTC for a 2 years course, here he distinguished himself and became a student preacher because of his background. Because of his intelligence and experience as an administrator, he was appointed to take over the general manager of schools class making him the first student teacher in the history of BTC Ukpom Abak. While a student at Ukpom he usually travel to Onicha Ngwa in Aba on weekends on evangelical trips and on 29th September 1956, his effort yielded result as 9 souls were baptized that evening, the next day Sunday 30th after his preaching, heavens came down and glory filled the earth as he baptized 78 that afternoon to the glory of God. Having established the church at Onicha Ngwa, there was need for a closer followup as the area has been found to be a fertile ground, hence In 1957 J. O. Akandu in company of J. W. Nicks, James Finney, and D.D. Isong Uyo got a parcel of land at Onicha Ngwa and prepared the place for the American brethren to live and work in Igbo Land, this led to the establishment of the bible college at Onicha Ngwa. In 1958 from Onicha Ngwa, he went and planted the congregation at Idem Ogwa and also opened short courses on biblical studies there, he came back fully to Onicha Ngwa in 1959 to take over from James Finny who went back to America. It is worth mentioning that because of his educational background and his privileged position, all cases from all congregations in Igbo land were referred to him to handle and this increased his visits to churches both in Igboland and Ibibio land. Because of high rate of poverty and need for medical attention to the Igbo brethren, he made a case for a christian hospital in Igboland because the only christian hospital was at UruAkpan a far distance from Igboland, the several requests he made for a hospital to be built in Igboland paid off when some elders came from America and saw the urgent need for a hospital in Igboland, He had the opportunity of influencing the siting of the hospital in his home town Obizi yet he chose Onich Ngwa, the hospital took off with Dr Henry Farrar as the first doctor. In 1966, He was appointed the Chairman of board of trustees for the churches of Christ in Nigeria, in 1967 he was appointed the principal, Bible training college Onicha Ngwa. On August 9th 1967, the administration of the hospital was handed over to him, by then the Nigerian Biafran civil war was on. Not minding the dangers of the war, like a true and fearless soldier of christ he kept on preaching the gospel, he had soldiers as escorts to his preaching appointments and in April of 1968 he was nearly killed in company of soldiers who were escorting him to a preaching appointment. He later returned to his home town Obizi because of the severity of the war. Also in 1968, he was appointed chairman world council of churches Owerri division, he was in charge of making sure that relief materials sent to war victims by international organization / churches reached the appropriate people. Also in 1968, he was ordained a bishop of the church of Christ Obizi by Evangelist Moses Ibeji. After the civil war, on 12th august 1970, he established the Bible Trainig College Obizi Mbaise, he also established short courses on Biblical studies in different places/locations in Igboland, all these he financed without any form of assistance from any quarter. It is worthy to note that so many prominent preachers in Igboland today either worked with or passed under his tutelage, it is also worth mentioning that almost all the congregations planted in Igboland before and during the civil war were directly or remotely connected to the effort of the man Josiah Obasi Akandu. It was because of his godly lifestyle that his community unanimously chose him to be their traditional ruler, this offer he rejected by preferring to dedicate his service totally to God than answering His Royal Highness. He became the symbol of Christianity everywhere he went, he was a man who loved the work of God so much to the extent that it was known everywhere that his discussions always centered on the Bible. He was the chairman board of governors, Obizi High School, Chairman board of Directors, Obonna Rebecca Memorial Hospital, Chairman board of governors, All Saints Institute, Director, Fisheries Division, Ministry of Agric and natural resources which made them dedicate Amaudi fishpond to him. He was also Chairman Mbaise leaders of thought to mention a few. He was a man who had genuine love for all especially orphans and widows, he was humility personified. At his old age, he continued preaching, teaching and caring for people, as it was his usual mannerism, on Sunday 17th February 1985, after the days morning worship, he went out preaching and praying for people and later returned the the meeting place for evening worship, after the evening service, he still went from house to house as usual praying for and encouraging people both brethren and unbelievers and came back to his house. After the family night devotion, he retired to his room for the night rest and his trumpet blew and the great man of God went to be with His creator. The biblical saying of the first shall be the last and last first was fulfilled in him as he was the last Child of his parents, but the first and only educated child, he was the first man in his village to be ordained in anglican church, the first man in his community to embrace the true gospel of Christ, the first Mbaise man to be trained in any bible college, the first student teacher in the history BTC Ukpom Abak, the first black principal of BTC Onicha Ngwa, The first black administrator of NCH Onicha Ngwa, the first Indigenous chairman Board of trustees of the churches of Christ Nigeria, most of all the first Nigerian evangelist to have baptized 87 people in a day after a single preaching, 50 years after that record is yet to be equalled, he was a man full of first in so many things. He got married to late Princess Hannah Adaeze Akandu (Nee Nwogu) the daughter of HRH Eze Metu Nwogu the traditional ruler of Old Umuahia, they were blessed with 10 children 8 girls and 2 boys. He lived a godly and exemplary life that people saw what he preached in him.
 
 
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Record added: Mar 12, 2011
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As I celebrate my birthday today, I also celebrate you my wonderful Daddy, keep on resting with our God.
- Lordson Chinedu
 Added: Mar. 26, 2016
Daddy your life was exactly the way of life in the bible that you preached.Thanks for showing us the way to heaven. we miss you so much
- Lordson
 Added: Mar. 26, 2016
DaddyJosiah 31 years gone but the memory iis still fresh in our minds, I miss you so much
- C Akandu
 Added: Mar. 22, 2016
 
 
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