by Sunday Bwanhot, connect via

It is with heavy hearts and yet gratitude to God for a life well lived we announce the Home going of our brother Dr. Sam Oleka which happened Tuesday night Jan. 19, 2016 in Kentucky. He has struggled with health issues in recent times. Dr. Oleka was an ECWA trained and licensed pastor. He received bachelor degree in Theology from Igbaja Theological Seminary and was the main speaker during our maiden ECWA USA National Conference in Maryland in 1999. His wife, Amaka, served previously as the Treasurer for the ECWA USA Women fellowship.

Dr. Oleka received bachelor of arts degree from Bryan College Dayton Tennessee, master of arts degrees from Wheaton College Graduate School and Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum and Instruction in Teacher Education. Dr. Oleka was the Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kentucky State University (KSU).  Before going to KSU he served at Eastern Kentucky University, William Tyndale College, Ashland College, and the University of Jos in Nigeria. His research interests include cross-cultural communication, education and culture, value education, and African-American Experience. His most recent papers are "Africa's Search for Identity and Quest for an African Theology" and "African and African-American Perceptions of Each Other."  He serves on the National Planning Committee of the Emerging Leaders Workshop (ELW), Roanoke, Virginia, and on the National Collegiate Honors Council Assessment and Evaluation Committee (NCHS). Dr. Oleka has also been active in the African Christian Fellowship (ACF), and also serves on the curriculum committees of several local schools.

Details of funeral arrangements will be given on website when available. Meanwhile, keep the family in prayer.




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