Africa University founding father dies at 87

February 20, 2020

California-Nevada Episcopal Leader Bishop Minerva Carcaño currently serves on Africa University's board of directors. She shared, "We will miss Prof. Kurewa but he will never be far from us for what he taught us about God and being the people of God remains with us.  May the Holy Spirit bring comfort to his family, the AU community and all who knew and loved him."


Story by Eveline Chikwanalt and Kathy Gilbert

The Rev. John Wesley Z. Kurewa, a founding father and first vice chancellor of Africa University, is being remembered as “a prophet of extraordinary gentleness” who followed the direction of the Holy Spirit in every move he made. 

Kurewa died Feb. 15 at age 87.

James H. Salley, Africa University associate vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement, said Kurewa laid a solid foundation for the university to grow into what it has become. The first commencement was in 1994 with 27 graduates from four African countries. In 2019, the university celebrated its 25th commencement with more than 500 graduates from 22 African nations.

“His leadership ability and networks within The United Methodist Church and around the world opened doors that would not have been available to anyone else,” Salley said.