Profile of the Retired Archbishop of Uganda Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo.

Bishop Nkoyooyo is dead

The Anglican Church is mourning the death of Retired Archbishop of Uganda Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo.

Nkoyoyo succumbed to Pneumonia at Kampala Hospital on the 5th of January 2018 at the age of 82.


Archbishop Nkoyoyo was born in 1938 to Erisa Wamala Nkoyooyo, a sub-county Chief in Busimbi, Mityana.

He attended Mpenja Primary School, in Gomba and later moved to Aggrey Memorial School and Mityana Junior Secondary.

Nkoyooyo dropped out of school after completing Junior Secondary and worked as an auto mechanic for some years.

In 1959 he got saved at a youth camp in Gomba and soon after he gave up auto mechanics for full-time ministry beginning as a Church Teacher.

On May 1, 1965, Nkoyoyo married Ruth Nalweyiso at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe.

He later enrolled for an ordination training course and on 3rd June 1969, he was ordained a deacon at Namugongo.

In 1983, after serving as an Assistant Bishop in Namirembe Diocese, Nkoyoyo was elected and enthroned as the first Bishop of Mukono Diocese

In 1995 Livingstone Nkoyooyo was elected by the House of Bishops to be the 6th Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

Nkoyooyo served as Archbishop up to 2004 when he retired and he was succeeded by Henry Luke Orombi.


During his leadership, he pioneered many initiatives, including upgrading Bishop Tucker Theological College in Mukono into Uganda Christian University, which was the first university in Uganda to be privately chartered.


In 2016 Nkoyooyo was treated for throat cancer in the UK


On 1st January 2018, his health deteriorated significantly and he was admitted at Kampala Hospital


He will be buried at the Namugongo Martyrs Shrine on Tuesday 9th January 2018.

First published on NTV

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