It needs to be recalled that the idea for the Missionary Diocese of Kubwa to be created from her mother diocese, Diocese of Abuja, was conceived by the Church of Nigeria Standing Committee (the type that took place in the Diocese of Kubwa in February 1 – 5, 2016), in her meeting of September 2004, at Enugu. In that meeting approval was given for the creation of 9 new missionary dioceses. Kubwa was one of them. Furthermore, the Episcopal Synod of the Church of Nigeria, popularly known as House of Bishops, met at the Chapel of St. Peter, Ibru Centre, Agbarha-Otor in Delta State, January 2005, in a weeklong annual Episcopal Retreat. There the then bishop of Gusau Diocese, Rt. Rev. (now late) Simon Bala, was translated to lead the new Missionary Diocese of Kubwa. The new diocese was then made up of 6 archdeaconries: Cathedral, Kubwa, Nyanya, Karmo, Lugbe and Kuje. On March 12, 2005, the new bishop of Kubwa was enthroned at the Cathedral Church of St. Bartholomew, Kubwa, by the then Primate, Archbishop Peter Jasper Akinola. Then the journey to build a new diocese began. Unfortunately, barely three years into this hitherto exciting journey, precisely on Sunday October 19, 2008, tragedy struck. The very young Bishop Simon Bala (44) was snatched by the cold hands of death. To the parishioners of the ‘baby’ diocese, it was sunset at dawn. The shock of the sudden demise of the hardworking bishop cast a long terrible gloom on the entire diocese until reprieve came with the translation of the towering Bishop of Zonkwa, Rt. Revd. Duke T. Akamisoko, to the Diocese of Kubwa. In no time, the new bishop rolled up his sleeves and got everyone back into the busy mode. From then onwards, dull moments beat a hasty retreat from the diocese
In his very first interview with Christian HERLAD (the magazine of Kubwa Diocese) while still at the Diocese of Zonkwa, before his translation to the Diocese of Kubwa on the 15th of February, 2009, Rt. Rev’d. Duke Akamisoko declared: “…My coming to Kubwa is to work. It’s not for fun. So if you are congratulating me for coming to work, that is okay!” Again, at his 5th anniversary as Bishop of Kubwa, just before the foundation stone for the commencement of work on the new ultra-modern Cathedral Church of St. Bartholomew, Kubwa was laid on the 21st of July 2013, he revealed to the Christian HERLAD (CH) the secret behind his approach to leadership. As a historian, he had studied the lives of many great leaders, including that of Alexander the Great, the founder of the city of Alexandria in Egypt, whom he regarded as his hero. He (Alexander the Great) lived only for thirty three years; and within just three years of his reign, conquered the known world.
Said the Bishop, “If my mentor, Alexander the Great, was alive today to see how little I have accomplished within these past four years of my leadership of Kubwa Diocese, he would certainly be angry with me…” And this was in response to the position of the CH that he was moving too fast for a lot of people with the many projects he had embarked upon. At that time, apart from its preparation for the foundation laying ceremony of the new Cathedral building, the diocese was also getting ready to take off with its proposed Anglican University, while still grappling with the challenges thrown up with the ongoing Anglican Comprehensive Secondary School, Kpeyegyi, FCT projects, among many other gigantic projects.
He began right from the first week of his enthronement with the foundation laying ceremony of the now finished and dedicated state-of-the-art, 50-bed Anglican Hospital, Kubwa, a project that was originally the brain-child of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of the Cathedral Church of St. Bartholomew, Kubwa.
+ Duke as part of his start off in the Diocese of Kubwa and in his plan to move faster in the volume of work before him, made ten Deacons on 6th of December, 2009 to add to the team of Priests in the Diocese of Kubwa. They are: Rev’d. Istifanus Zakka , Rev’d. David Macson, Rev’d. Solomon Esomu, Rev’d. Innocent Ofurum, Rev’d. Melfold Ewurum, Rev’d. Anthony Ishaya, Rev’d. Godwin Iloba, Rev Alloysius Duru, Rev’d. Ibrahim Dauda and Rev’d Samuel Gaiya. This was after a rigorous post Theological/Seminary 3 months in-house training, that included Saturdays and elimination assignments and examination(marked with positions and prices given), 10 books reviews and a week of Church services/indoor/prayers and not external communication (No phone, e-mail, no family members contact etc). They were ordained Priests a year after. The following were also ordained Priest on 6th of December, 2009: Rev’d. Can Dr. Louis Ochei, Rev’d. Can Emeka Anyaorah, Rev’d. Kenneth I Ekeh, Rev’d. Tom R. Pam and Rev’d. Ojo Kayode Samuel.