Bishop of Tamale Jacob Ayeebo dies in Ghana at age 58

February 15, 2019
Ayeebo and Curry

Bishop of Tamale Jacob Ayeebo welcomes Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Ghana in 2017 during a pilgrimage organized by Episcopal Relief & Development.

[Anglican Communion News Service] Tributes have been paid to Bishop of Tamale Jacob Ayeebo, who died suddenly this week in the office of his diocese’s development agency. He was 58.

Ayeebo, the second bishop of Tamale in Ghana, part of the Church of the Province of West Africa, died Feb. 12 at the offices of the Anglican Diocese Development and Relief Organization, in Bolgatanga, Ghana. The cause of death was reported as congestive cardiac failure. Funeral arrangements are being finalized. He leaves a wife, Rita, a daughter and three sons.

During his tenure, Ayeebo built a partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development and collaborated with Episcopal Church staff on integrated programs to address poverty and disease in the Upper East region.

Episcopal Relief & Development also organized pilgrimages to Ghana to showcase Ayeebo’s work, including one in 2017 that included Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and members of his staff. Episcopal Relief & Development issued a statement on Ayeebo’s death here, saying, “we will always remember Bishop Jacob’s warmth and friendship.”

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