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Collected Memories

Disclaimer: This is a collection of eyewitness and fragmentary accounts, including eulogies, obituaries, and primary materials, sometimes lacking sources and proper academic verification for accuracy.

Description: The urgent task of the DACB is to retrieve and preserve the memory of individuals who have played a role in the birth and growth of African Christianity. This index serves as a repository of memories that do not yet qualify as full biographies.

Featured Obituary

John Gatu, Presbyterian, Kenya

Dates: born March 3, 1925; died May 11, 2017

A Long Life Well Lived

The April 2017 Issue of the DACB Journal features a Profile of Moderator John G. Gatu, the veteran Kenyan Presbyterian Pastor, Revivalist, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, Counsellor, Poet, Orator. Prior to publication he had carefully read and approved the text, approved the facts therein, with subtle clarifications.

He died on May 11, after nine days in hospital. Read more

Jacob Ade Ajayi, Anglican, Nigeria

Dates: 1929 to 2014

Jacob Ade Ajayi, who died at age 85 in 2014, was a pioneer in the study of indigenous African history. He authored major works in African Christian history including Christian Missions in Nigeria 1841-1891 (1964) and A Patriot to the Core (2001), a biography of the first African bishop in the Anglican Church, Samuel Ajayi Crowther.

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Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye (nee King), Anglican, Kenya

Died: December 2015

Heralded by many as one of the "mothers of Kenyan literature," Macgoye, a.k.a. "MOM," was a prolific poet and novelist who chose to write mostly about her adoptive Kenyan and Luo culture. Her many works include an epic poem, "Song of Nyarloka," and "A Freedom Song" as well as several book length works.

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V. Machozi

Vincent Machozi, Catholic (Assumptionist), Democratic Republic of Congo

Died: March 2016

On March 20, 2016, Machozi, an Assumptionist priest, was gunned down by a group of armed militants in the village of Katolu, near Butembo, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was 51. He was killed in the courtyard of a social center where peace keeping meetings with local Nande chiefs were being held. His last words were "Why are you killing me?" He had been threatened and had escaped several other attempts on his life.

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Louise Pirouet

Photo courtesy of Homerton College website

Louise Pirouet, Church Missionary Society, Uganda

Dates: Died December 21, 2012

Louise Pirouet (1928-2012) has been described as "a master of the short biography" (comment by Terry Barringer who gave the eulogy at her funeral). She was one of pioneers of the study of Ugandan Christianity, seconded from the Church Missionary Society to the Department of Religious Studies, Makerere University from 1964 to 1970. While there she researched and completed her PhD thesis on how African Protestant catechists pioneered the growth of the Anglican Church beyond Buganda.

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