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News Release: Members Added to the Executive Committee

We lament the departure from this life on January 6 of our beloved Professor Lamin Sanneh. In addition to being a close personal friend, he was a staunch supporter and advocate of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Since 1995, when the DACB began to show signs of becoming more than just an idea, he steadily supported the venture by word and by deed, as a consultant, supporter, advisory council member, and as a member of the Executive Committee. He will be sorely missed.

We are therefore pleased to announce two new members who will be joining the Executive Committee effective immediately.


mugambi Professor Dr. Jesse N. K. Mugambi (PhD, FKNAS, EBS), from Kenya, has been an active and effective member of the Africa Advisory Council since 2014. He is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Nairobi, from which he graduated with his BA, MA and PhD. Prof. Mugambi is a committed churchman (Anglican), an exemplary ecumenist and networker, and an extraordinarily productive academic whose interests, ranging across disciplinary lines, have resulted in many noteworthy publications, among which are: Christianity and the African Cultural Heritage (2005); “Climate Change and Food Security: A Challenge for African Christianity” and “Profile of African Christianity at Home and in the West” in Anthology of African Christianity (Regnum 2017); African Theology of Reconstruction (Butare 2016); “The Future of Theological Education in Africa and the Challenges it Faces” and “Challenges for Theological Publishing of Scholarly books in Africa” in Handbook of Theological Education in Africa (Regnum; 2013); Christianity and African Culture (Acton 1989, 2000, 2002); Contextual Theology Across Cultures (Acton 2009, with Michael R. Guy). His global travels, extensive consulting, and established contacts with colleagues in institutions across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe have proven greatly beneficial to the DACB.

wariboko Professor Dr. Nimi Wariboko is the Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics at Boston University School of Theology. He holds a PhD in Ethics (Suma Cum Laude) from Princeton Theological Seminary, an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University in New York City, and a B.Sc. (Economics, first class honors) from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. An extraordinarily creative and productive academic, both the originality and range of Dr. Nimi Wariboko’s scholarship is attested by his numerous publications in the fields of economic ethics, Christian social ethics, African social traditions, Pentecostal studies, and philosophical theology. Five of his many books are representative of his scholarly energy, originality, and range: The Principle of Excellence: A Framework for Social Ethics (Lexington 2009); God and Money: A Theology of Money in a Globalizing World (Lexington 1955); Ethics and Time: Ethos of Temporal Orientation in Politics and Religion of the Niger Delta (Lexington 2010); The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit (Eerdmans 2012); and Economics in Spirit and Truth: A Moral Philosophy of Finance (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). He has followed with interest the development of the DACB, and looks forward to working with us to ensure the ongoing viability, credibility, functionality, and dissemination of the resource.

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Received August 14, 2018 from Mr. Vernon Taylor

Dear sirs,

I found your publication after searching for a name almost on a whim; it is odd how random things pop into the head of a person. I attended a village school near Newark in the English county of Nottinghamshire until I was ten years old. In 1960, or thereabouts, when I was seven our school was visited by a trainee missionary from the nearby Kelham Monastery. I was home sick in bed on the day of the visit but later I heard how a very tall and very black Zulu had visited the school and talked to the class.The following week the school made a return visit to the monastery and enjoyed a guided tour, unfortunately the tall Zulu had left for his "posting" a few days before and I never had the chance to meet him. The entire class was instructed to write a letter of thanks to our missionary friend and he did reply to every letter.

I still have his reply to me somewhere. The last time I saw it the paper was delicate and worn but still quite legible.I still sometimes wonder about him and how he has fared in the almost sixty years since I was a small boy. The man's name was Isaac Dlamini. His address was simply: Dam Site, Pongola Port, Zululand.If he is still alive I am sure he would be at least 80 years old.I include the following link in case you are interested in learning a little about the Kelham Hall Monastery

Sincerely,
Vernon Taylor


Received February 12,2018, from T. P. Masimba

Heavenly regards.

I'm a young man aged 25. I'm a Minister of the Gospel. I work as a local Missionary in Zimbabwe under a Christian Organisation called African Enterprise founded by Dr Michael Cassidy in 1962. I come from Chivhu in Zimbabwe which was formerly called Charter District during the Rhodesian era. I graduated in Church Foundational Theology (a course which includes some basics in Meaningful Church Services, Building Young Disciples, Homiletics & Building A Growing Church). However, I was interested in an article written about the Johane Masowe Movement by Robert Reese a former Missionary to Zimbabwe & a consultant with World Missions Associates in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.Firstly it's really interesting & inspiring. Also I request to know if there are any articles related to the Masowe Theology, the Meaning of their so-called "Momnage Language", the meaning of their esoteric language & Prophecy. If Dr R. Reese had supplied these in his article, he would have made a best-written record about this Johane Masowe Christian Faith.

If your organisation was to rewrite history & make a story of a lifetime, perhaps a million dollar story, then I implore you to visit this man for recording, documentation & insight. His Ministry confirms many features of our Bible Theologies of which I find it very stunning as a young Bible Scholar. By visiting him, you'll relive the Days when our Lord Jesus Christ walked this earth during His earthly Ministry Days.This young Prophet with an esoteric name pronounced as "Edbone" has been used by God to do remarkable Supernatural Things by God's Power. Three visits to his Holy Ground will enrich your Theology in so many ways. This man is ushering in a New Dispensation in the Johane Masowe Christian Faith.

Thank you for your articles & Gospel Missions around the world. God Richly Bless you.

Yours in the same Gospel Vineyard,
T. P. Masimba<


Received February 20, 2014, from Sophie Imasiku (Zambia):

I was born and grew up here in Zambia at a place called Mambilima in the Luapula province of Zambia. This morning, I took an internet search for our former missionaries who opened up our area for Christianity known as the Open Brethren (Christian Missions in Many Lands). I came across our well-known missionary there by the name of William Lammond (1876 to 1968). The entire fraternity there knew him by the name of "Bwana Lamya" because he brought "electricity" to the area which is still there until this day. We are lucky that our place is on the banks of the Luapula river and particularly that the "Mambilima" is the local name for the rapids, meaning " the jumping of the waters. It was formerly called, as you may be aware, "Johnstone Falls" for a number of years from about the early 1920s until my country Zambia attained independence on 24th October 1964. We are actually celebrating 50 years of our independence this year.

My late father--May his Soul rest in peace--was a teacher at the same place and we all grew up and got educated in the same CMML faith.

As a young girl, I knew a lot about Bwana Lammond,especially his 3rd wife Betty Shepherd and her sister who worked as teachers there at Johnston Falls primary School. Most of the people who were and some who are still in the present government here were educated there at the famous Johnstone Falls primary School run by the CMML brethren. they did a lot to develop the area and they built a big hospital which has now modern facilities like a theatre and mortunary, a school for the blind, the area is known for blind children and also a school for the handicapped children. I give great credit to these pioneers for bringing not only Christianity but enormous literacy to that impoverished area.

I am now a grown up woman with three grown up children. I work here at the Zambian Open University as Administrative Assistant to the Bursar, here in the capital city of Lusaka.

My sincere thanks to D.A.C.B for their remarkable input,
SOPHIE CHIBALE IMASIKU (MS)

Read the story of William Lammond HERE.


Received January 27, 2011, from Uwagbaokwu Chukwudi O Joachim (Nigeria):

DEAR AFRICAN BIOGRAPHER,

May the Peace and Love of Christ be with you today and for all Eternity! Amen. I browsed your website searching for some Uganda Martyrs by Name MUGAGGA LUBOWA. I love your work and wish to write for me to be receiving some of your newletters through my address used above. thanks for your kind co-operation.Remain Blessed!

Your Faithfully,
UWAGBAOKWU CHUKWUDI O JOACHIM


Received January 24, 2011 from Saba Tesfay (Ethiopia):

May the Lord bless u.

It's so amazing story about Apostle Daka I read, I don know him personally but I know his son yohanes and Bely and am so happy when I found the article about him ya he was the man of God.

You can read the story of Seri Daka HERE.