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Aiming for Higher Education African Baptists have,


over the past several decades, been placing greater emphasis on higher education, beyond merely running elementary and secondary schools. In addition to seminaries for pastors, Baptist conventions and unions have established four year colleges and graduate degree granting institutions. The Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) established Bowen University in Iwo, Osun State. After obtaining fi nal government approval in 2001, the school opened in November 2002 with an initial enrollment of 500 students. According to B. Uche Enyioha, president of the NBC and a former seminary president, Bowen has been ranked as one of the top two private universities in Nigeria. Bowen, named after the American missionary that started Baptist work in the country in the 1850s, now has 4,500 students in three faculties — Agriculture, Science and Science Education, and Social and Management Studies. “Students who attend Bowen University fi nd it to be a place where they can grow academically, morally and spiritually, in a Christian environment,” says university Vice Chancellor Timothy Olagbemiro. Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam visited Bowen University in November 2010 where he delivered the school’s Convocation Lecture, titled “Leadership: Crisis and Opportunity.” Delivered before the university and civic community, the convocation is held the day before the Graduation Exercise. The lecture was followed by a tour of the Bowen campus, including its 5,000-seat chapel. Callam also attended a prayer meeting convened by the Bowen University Council, where he presented greetings. The Ghana Baptist University College (GBUC) was formed by the Ghana Baptist Convention in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of the West African country.


A section of the campus of Mount Meru University in Tanzania


(Photo courtesy of Mount Meru University)


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