Posted by News Express | 30 March 2020 | 1,507 times
By OVIE HENRY
A cleric and nonagenarian Bible translator, Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi, has died in Koko, headquarters of Warri North Local Government of Delta State.
A statement issued in Koko said Deacon Aganbi died in his home in the early hours of Thursday March 26, 2020.
Deacon Aganbi, 99, served as chairman for the Itsekiri Bible Translation Project and the team completed the Old and New Testament Translation in the Itsekiri language.
The statement, signed by, Mr. Felix Aganbi, a business mogul, said the late Bible translator, gifted interpreter and scholar, had a strong influence in Itsekiri literature.
“Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi was a legal guru, a highly reputed politician of the Second Republic in Nigeria and the Olare-Aja of Koko community head.”
The statement praised Deacon Aganbi for putting his learning to the service of the Church and using the Bible to nourish the faith and life of believers.
“Deacon Stephen Ejueyitsi Aganbi served as a spiritual guide to many.”
It also praised the accomplished and diligent translator for his well-known vision and linguistics competence in the languages of the Niger Delta region.
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