WCC Mourns Canon Ankrah

Adapted from a WCC announcement

The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, has mourned the loss of Canon Kodwo E. Ankrah of the Church of the Province of Uganda, calling him “this great Pan-Africanist and ecumenist.” Canon Ankrah died May 29.

“We cannot but acknowledge his true commitment to ecumenism and humanity for traversing national boundaries, denominational identities and his deep engagement with the plight of refugees in Africa, especially in the Sudan,” Tveit wrote. “Canon Kodwo Ankrah was a highly motivated and effective church leader.”

Born in Anomabu, Ghana, in 1928, Ankrah worked for the Christian Council of Ghana, the Christian Service Committee, the All Africa Conference of Churches, and the Church of Uganda. From 1970 to 1974, he was the WCC’s executive for English-speaking Africa.

Ankrah was author of Development and the Church of Uganda: Mission, Myths and Metaphors (1998) and Education Renaissance: Reforming Education to Meet Africa’s Present and Future (1971).

Read the full text of Tveit’s letter.

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