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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN BOKU

Boku as a settlement

The genesis of the village known as Boku today is as a result of migration of people from Lokoja area that settled in the forest because of disturbances from Fulani invaders at that time. A man named Ndalandu from Batagi came to greet the first settler, he said: ‘Oku Ndadzuko’ and he answered and said: ‘Mi’a bo be oku nana’e. From that exchange of greetings the name ‘Boku’ emerged and still remains the name of the village till date. The settlers later left the forest for ‘Wasati’, but Usman Kolo and Abu Legbo moved to Doko. At Doko Usman Kolo married Nnagunnu and Diya Yisa at Dandofu. After some time his children from this two marriages came back to Boku their fatherland. Shaba Tsado who was one of them was subject to the Fulanis in Bida. On their way back from Doko along with his siblings, he got to a particular place and he placed his hands on a shea butter tree and dropped his bag at the foot of the tree and requested that his siblings wait for him there. The location of that very tree became the centre for the settlement (Boku) and kept expanding to its present size.

The Church in Boku

The origin of the church in Boku can be traced back to the time of Papa Angulu when he was the resident priest in Doko. Papa Angulu kept visiting Boku and later had a number of people who started to learn the ‘Nupe Prima’ with him. The people who were learning to read were

Usman Kolo

Baba Gomina Sharu

Baba Kalidzama

Baba Yaman Ndaceko

Usman Cekoci

Baba Nmadu Daniel

Baba Audu Gana

The number of people that were attending were more than this but these are the few names given. They often gathered at Baba Yaman’s compound, until some of them were able to read the Nupe Prima and also the Nupe bible. Papa Angulu made it a point of duty to always be there with them. However it was not all that were able to read that went to the church. Those who were going to the church and accepted Jesus as their savior from sin are Alikali Kolo, Usman David Kolo, Josiah Shaba Kolo, Jonathan Kolo, Ndako Yisa, Shaba Ndalu, Jiya Kaka, Hawawu Ndadzama, Some of them later backslided because they were forbidden to worship idols and they were persecuted by their parents for not worshipping idols with them. Traditional religion which involves the worship of idols was practiced in Boku before the coming of the gospel. Those who remained in the faith were Baba Daniel Yisa, Baba Shaba Kolo, Jonathan Liman, Ndako Yisa, James Nmadu BokuYabata, Baba Joshua Gana Baba Peter Sharu, Baba Ezekiel Dangana; their descendants are still alive and are Christians. The Christians in Boku were attending church services (Sunday service, Easter, Christmas and Revival programmes) at Doko until they were strong enough and they built a prayer house. The foundation of the prayer house was laid in 1954 by Papa Angulu. The church grew to overflow and they had to build the second church in 1974. Boku church came to a stage where they could stand without dependence on Doko church and pastors were posted to shepherd them. The first was Papa Thomas Mamman form Piciko, Papa Daniel Jiya from Essan (popularly known as father of little children), Papa Josiah from Lanle who was based in Doko but coming for worship in Boku. After that phase, the pastors that were sent to dwell among the people of Boku are as follows:

Pastor Emmanuel Legbo Kuchi (1998-2000)

Pastor John Jonah Fazhi (2003-2005)

Pastor Jonah Somazhiko (2005-2007)

Pastor Joel. T. Yisa Essan. The first to be posted and came along with his wife.

The church kept growing hence the need for another church. The foundation was laid on the 25th of May 2000 by Rt. Rev Jonah. G. Kolo.

Today Boku has produced two priests in the Anglican Communion

Ven. Jeremiah. N. Kolo

Rev. Daniel Yisa

Civil Servants Meeting

The civil servants from Boku usually hold meetings three times in a year and at periods that a good number of them will be available. These periods are:

The Christmas period

Easter period and

Adult harvest

Securing a land for the church building was a big challenge from the Muslims in the village but through divine intervention the matter was resolved leading to the present location of the church.

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