On 5 May 2018, 31 new priests of the Prelature of Opus Dei were ordained in Rome by
Cardinal Robert Sarah. Six are from Africa.
There were three Nigerians among the newly ordained priests.
Born at Ibadan (Nigeria) in 1985 to a Catholic family. He has 2 brothers and 4 sisters; one
sister is already in heaven. He studied Computer Engineering at the Enugu State University
of Science and Technology (ESUT) and later worked as an Intern in Lagos Business School,
Information Technology Department. From there he went to Spain to start his theological
studies which he later finished in the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome).
Born in Ibusa, Delta state, (Nigeria) in 1982. He is the fifth of nine brothers and
sisters. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accountancy at the University of Nigeria,
Enugu Campus in 2007. He worked briefly in a private audit firm in Ibadan before joining
Whitesands School in Lagos where he taught Mathematics to JS2 students from 2010 to 2011.
He left for Pamplona, Spain in 2012 to complete his bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and
Theology Studies at the University of Navarre. He went to Rome to continue his studies and
obtained a Masters in Moral Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He is
currently completing his PhD in Theology.
Elobuike Anthony Asogwa:
Born in Enugu (Nigeria) in 1986. He has 5 sisters and brothers one of whom is a priest as well. He studied engineering and worked in Lagos for some years. At the University of Navarre (Spain) he studied Theology. He did a Masters and PhD in Dogmatic Theology in the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome).