Josiah Idowu-Fearon; Clergyman of the Nigerian Church, Anglican Communion, distinguished for his promotion of dialogue and reconciliation between Christians and Muslims. He is the Archbishop of the Province of Kaduna. Born in 1949, Idowu-Fearon trained for a short period as a soldier, but realising he had a calling to serve God, he left the military to train as a priest, and was ordained in 1971 after his studies. He has strong interest in Christian-Muslim relations, having been boosted by his PhD in Islamic Studies.
Idowu-Fearon served on the 2003-04 Lambeth Commission Communion, which considered worldwide Anglican unity in response to divisive debates on homosexuality, and was a past president of the Anglican Network for inter-Faith Concerns. Idowu-Fearon is also a co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christianity in Kaduna and area leader for tire Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA). In this work he showed courage and vision often in the most difficult of circumstances. In 2007, he began a five-year renewable term as a Six London, having previously taught at the cathedral’s International Study Centre. He is married to Comfort, and both have two sons and a daughter. For his long service to the Anglican Communion in the area of Christian-Muslim dialogue, he was awarded the Cross of St. Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Weiby in June 20, 2013 in the Guard Room at Lambeth Palace[i].
[i] Guardian June 12, 2013