Enoch Olinga

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Enoch Olinga
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Born June 24, 1926
Died September 16, 1979
Title(s) Knight of Bahá’u’lláh, 1953
Hand of the Cause, 1957
Appointed by Shoghi Effendi

Enoch Olinga (June 24, 1926 - September 16, 1979)[1] was a Hand of the Cause of God and Knight of Bahá’u’lláh for British Cameroon.

He was born to a Christian family of the Iteso ethnic group in Uganda. In 1952 he became a Bahá’í in Kampala. In 1953 he became the first pioneer to British Cameroon, and was given the title Knight of Bahá’u’lláh for that country. As the number of Bahá’ís grew in Cameroon new Bahá’ís left the immediate region to pioneer in other surrounding areas, each becoming a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh including Ghana, and Togo. Because of the successive waves of people becoming Knights of Bahá’u’lláh, Enoch Olinga was entitled "Abd'l-Futuh", a Persian name meaning "the father of victories" by Shoghi Effendi.[2]

In October 1957 Shoghi Effendi appointed him as a Hand of the Cause of God. Olinga chaired the opening session of the first Bahá’í World Congress (in 1963) which announced the election of the first Universal House of Justice[3] after which he travelled all over the world.

During the rule of Idi Amin for a time the Bahá’í Faith in Uganda was illegal. Olinga returned to Uganda during this time to help protect the community during these difficulties.[4] On 16 September 1979, in the aftermath of the overthrow of the rule of Idi Amin,[5] Olinga, his wife and three of his five children were murdered by unknown gunmen. Since 2000 the Olinga Foundation for Human Development has offered training in remote primary and junior secondary schools in Ghana's Western Region.[6]


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