Reverend Simon Itelima Afiesimama

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Reverend Simon Itelima Afiesimama was born in May, 1896, in Ogoloma, Okrika Island, in present-day Rivers State, Nigeria. He was the first son of Chief Abednego Tamunofiesimama Fubara,[1] who was a wealthy palm oil trader.

Reverend Afiesimama was ordained as the first minister of the Wakirike (Okrika people) and travelled extensively in southern Nigeria spreading the gospel. He also ministered at Saint Cyprian's Anglican Church, Hospital Road, Port Harcourt.

He was said to be a quiet, unpretentious man.

Some of his descendants are Mr Dabipi Valentine Afiesimama, a retired Quantity Surveyor and father of Comrade Sokari Afiesimama,[2] a political activist. Dr Samuel Benedict Sodienye Afiesimama, Ogoloma's first medical doctor [3] and former Director of Health Services at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria; also Dr Boma Thomson Afiesimama, a university professor at Texas Southern University, USA.

One of Nigeria's first TV weathermen and meteorologist, Dr Ernest Asi Afiesimama,[4] is a second cousin.


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External links

Okrika in Search of an Ancestry[1] The Cultural Heritage of the Wakirike:[2](Okrika People)