Nkoyoyo to be Buried at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

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Nkoyoyo, 80, died this morning at Kampala Hospital in Kololo. According to a statement issued by Rev Canon Alison Barfoot, the Church of Uganda Communications Officer, Nkoyoyo succumbed to pneumonia. He was admitted at Kampala Hospital on Monday January 1, 2018 and died this morning, ending a battle that lasted more than a year.

Retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Dr Livingston Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo will be buried at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo, according to a tentative program released this afternoon by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda (COU) The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali.

Nkoyoyo, 80, died this morning at Kampala Hospital in Kololo. According to a statement issued by Rev Canon Alison Barfoot, the Church of Uganda Communications Officer, Nkoyoyo succumbed to pneumonia. He was admitted at Kampala Hospital on Monday January 1, 2018 and died this morning, ending a battle against cancer that lasted more than a year.

Speaking to journalists at Kampala Hospital this afternoon, Archbishop Ntagali communicated that the Church together with the deceased family have agreed that he will be buried on Tuesday January 9 at the Anglican Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo. He will be the first Archbishop to be buried at the site. Its at the same place that Nkoyoyo was ordained as a deacon on June 3, 1969.

The burial ceremony will be preceded by a requiem mass at St. Paul's Cathedral Namirembe, an an overnight vigil at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero on Sunday.

Another Church service is planned to take place at St Phillips and Andrew Cathedral in Mukono on Monday after which, the body will be taken to his home in Nakabago, Mukono. 

According to Ntagali, they are thankful to God for Nkoyoyo's faithful ministry and that they are to celebrate him as a faithful man of God.
 
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"I thank God for the life of Archbishop Nkoyoyo. He was a passionate evangelist and a visionary leader. He was a man full of hope for the Lord's work and he never gave up. He has now been promoted to glory. Well done, good and faithful servant." reads part of the COU statement.

Retired Archbishop Nkoyoyo served as Archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1995 to 2004. During his leadership, he pioneered many visionary initiatives, including upgrading the Bishop Tucker Theological College in Mukono into Uganda Christian University, the first university in Uganda to be privately chartered.

The university has now grown from the original 120 students to more than 12,000 students on the main campus, at two constituent colleges, and a number of study centres around the country.

He leaves a legacy of several orphanages and primary schools, including ones that care for the blind and other physical disabilities started early in his ministry together with his wife, Ruth.

In retirement, Nkoyoyo was able to combine his entrepreneurial gifts and ministry passions into such projects as building the Rest Gardens Retreat Centre in Bweyogerere, establishing the Words of Hope Radio Ministry, and leading the fundraising and construction efforts for the Uganda Martyrs Museum in Namugongo.

In addition to all the projects and ministries he initiated, Archbishop Nkoyoyo was, at heart, an evangelist. He was a tireless preacher, taking every opportunity to give his testimony and calling people to repentance and into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Who is Archbishop Nkoyoyo?


Archbishop Nkoyoyo was born in 1938 as one of 25 children to Erisa Wamala Nkoyoyo, a sub-county Chief in Busimbi, Mityana. He attended Mpenja Primary School, in Gomba, and then later moved to Aggrey Memorial School and Mityana Junior Secondary.

His father's work caused the family to move often, so Nkoyoyo dropped out of school after completing Junior Secondary School and became an auto mechanic.

In 1959 Nkoyoyo got saved at a youth camp at Ndoddo Church in Gomba. Not long after that he gave up auto mechanics for full-time ministry, beginning as a Church Teacher. He did an ordination training course and on June 3, 1969 (Martyrs Day), he was ordained a deacon at Namugongo.

On May 1, 1965, Nkoyoyo married Ruth Nalweyiso at St. Paul's Cathedral, Namirembe. Originally reluctant to have his daughter wed a Church Teacher, Ruth's father eventually gave his permission. Together, they have five children - Isaac, Naomi, Martin (deceased), Margret and Julius.

After serving as a Suffragan (Assistant) Bishop in Namirembe Diocese, Nkoyoyo was elected and enthroned as the first Bishop of Mukono Diocese in 1983. Then, in 1995 he was elected by the House of Bishops to be the 6th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

In 2015 he received the Bible Leadership Excellence Award from the Bible Society of Uganda for outstanding and faithful leadership and for retiring "scandal-free."

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.