Bishop Ellinah Biography:
In 2012, The Rev. Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya became the bishop of Swaziland and the first female bishop in any of the 12 Anglican provinces in Africa during a ceremony at the Mavuso Trade Centre in Manzini, Swaziland. Wamukoya succeeds the Rt. Rev. Meshack Mabuza, who became bishop of Swaziland in 2002.
When elected, Wamukoya was chaplain at the University of Swaziland . With a Master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning, Revd Wamukoya was until recently the Town Clerk of Manzini Municipal Council, overseeing an organisation with some 380 employees, having previously served as the City Planner.
She returned to Swaziland in 1990, having worked as a Planning Officer for the Government of Kenya from 1978 to 1990. She met her Kenyan husband, Okwaro Henry Wamukoya when, after completing a BA in Geography and African Languages at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, she furthered her studies in the Netherlands. The couple have four children, three of whom are married.
Having long been active in the Anglican church, she was ordained in 2005, and served as assistant priest and thereafter priest-in-charge at UNISWA (the University of Swaziland). Bringing her planning and people skills to bear, in the difficult financial situation of a country where so many live in considerable poverty, she helped her congregation develop a strategic plan, which led to their numbers growing beyond staff and students to include also members of the surrounding community. In this, she proved to be a firm believer in developing lay ministry across the life of the church.
Bishop Wumukoya is very passionate about Youth Ministry and she has dubbed them the Gideons based on Judges Chapter 6 where Gideon is commissioned to lead the children of Israel during a difficult time. She believes that investing in the youth is investing in the church of today and church of tomorrow.