Ellinah Wamukoya

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The Right Reverend
Ellinah Wamukoya
Bishop of Swaziland
Church Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Diocese Diocese of Swaziland
Elected 18 July 2012
Orders
Consecration 17 November 2012
by Thabo Makgoba
Personal details
Born 1951 (age 65–66)
Denomination Anglicanism

Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya (born 1951) is a Swazi Anglican bishop. She is the first woman to be elected as a bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and of the whole African continent, as the diocesan bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Swaziland.

Early life[edit]

Wamukoya studied at the universities of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. She was the chaplain of the University of Swaziland and of St. Michael's High School, in Manzini, as well as Town Clerk and CEO of the City Council of Manzini when she was elected.[1]

Becoming a bishop[edit]

Wamukoya was not initially a candidate to succeed Meshack Mabuza as Anglican Bishop of Swaziland, but after seven rounds of inconclusive elections she was elected by a 2/3 majority of the members of the Elective Assembly on 18 July 2012.[2] She was consecrated on 17 November 2012 by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who called it a "a great occasion".[3] No official representative of Swazi king Mswati III attended the ceremony.[4] The ceremony had been led by David Dinkebogile who said that Wamukoya was a Bishop, "not a black woman, not an African, not a Swazi woman" and "She was to be pastor to all, to men and women, to black and white, to Swazis and all others in her diocese".[3]

She later admitted that being the first female bishop in the Anglican church bore a great weight of responsibility and it was her responsibility to prove that women were suited to the role, adding "I know that the whole world is looking up to me to see if I will deliver."[5] She visited Ireland in 2015, preaching at the St Macartin's Cathedral, Enniskillen on 25 January.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Africa elects 1st Anglican woman bishop". Anglican Ink. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Swaziland: First Female Anglican Bishop for Africa Elected in a "Spirit-Filled" Atmosphere". All Africa. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Ellinah Wamukoya becomes Africa's first Anglican woman bishop". BBC News. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Zulu, Phathizwe-Chief (November 20, 2012). "Female Anglican bishop a first in Africa". Associated Press. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Unwin, Mike (7 December 2012). "Swaziland: Africa's nutshell nation". The Independent. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bishop Of Swaziland To Visit Enniskillen". Churches in Ireland. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Meshack Mabuza
Bishop of Swaziland
2012 -
Incumbent