columnBy Ousman Njie
The Most Rt. Rev. Dr. S. Tilewa Johnson has been designated 'Person of the Year' 2012, by the Gambia News and Report Weekly Magazine.
According to Mr. Swaebou Conateh of the Dippakunda-based Gambia Communication Agency and Baroueli Enterprises, the publishers of "The Gambia News and Report" weekly magazine,
Archbishop Tilewa Jonhson's selection was because of his recent election as the Ninth Archbishop and Primate of the 38 member Province of West Africa's Anglican Church,making him the first Gambian Bishop to hold such position; already the first Gambian Bishop, to be also elected the Ninth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa, which is one of the 38 Provinces of the Church headed by a Primate and Archbishop.
There are about 80 million members of the Anglican Communion in over 800 dioceses grouped in 38 national churches or regional provinces, each headed by a Primate and Archbishop and among which is the Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA) comprising Cameroun, Cape Verde Islands, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
According to Mr Conateh, "In view of this singular achievement on your part, along with various others at the national and international levels, at the level of the church and in the country's affairs; in the field of education and in terms of service to The Gambia and to humanity as a whole, as can be seen from the account of your record of service, that we designate you our "Person of the Year 2012."
Among others, President, Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Gambia; Chairman, Board of Governors, Rev. J. C. Faye Memorial School; Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission; Chairman of the Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO); First Chairman of GAMWORKS, Member, Commonwealth Observer group to General and Regional Elections in Guyana, December 1997; Chairman, Coordinating Committee for Liberian Refugees (CCLR), Banjul; Teacher at Gambia High School, Banjul; Chairman, National Dialogue Team, Strategy for Poverty Alleviation; Chairman, National Committee on Christianity, Population and Development, and membership of National Population Commission; Council of Elders for Conflict Prevention and Management in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); and Chairman, Continental Committee for Ministry to the Uprooted, All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), Nairobi.
The publishers of the "News and Report", state that Johnson has met the criteria set for the naming of the magazine's award winner.