A Popular Nigerian gay cleric, Jide Macaulay is to be ordained in June as an Anglican priest by the Church of England. Punch reports that Macaulay revealed the information on his Instagram page on Wednesday where he further posted a copy of his invitation letter. He wrote, “It is a delight to share this news, I am to be ordained Anglican Priest in the Church of England in June 2019. “Wait on the Lord, be of Good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say, on the Lord” Psalm 27:14.” The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has always rejected calls from western powers to ordain gay priests. Macaulay, who was born in November 4, 1965, is a pastor and ordained minister, an LGBTQ, human rights, and HIV/AIDS activist, community builder, queer theologian, lawyer, and parent. He founded House of Rainbow, Nigeria’s first house of worship catering to the LGBTQ community, and currently serves as its executive director. Macaulay is HIV positive and comes from a family of clerics as his father, August Olakunle Macaulay, is a theologian, principal and the founder of United Bible University, the president of the Association of Christian Theologians in Nigeria. Macaulay studied at several primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, and graduated in 1986. While in school, he was involved in several drama and poetry activities, and later set up the Poetry Inspired Club for young people. He was also interested in music and directing, but soon lost passion for both and began to focus on his theological development. The clergy worked for Crown Prosecution Service from 1987 to 1999, where his career rose from administrator to legal executive and then went to work with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an IT procurement manager, became self-employed in 2001, and decided to combine his career with developing his passion and preparation for full-time Christian ministry.
By: Anne Clement Bassey