A burial and memorial service was held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the Fred Stephen Safo Memorial Temple in the Nshorna District of the Teshie-Nungua Area of The Church Of Pentecost in honour of the Late Pastor Robert Sowah Nii Anang.
The Chairman of The Church Of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, who officiated the service, encouraged the bereaved family and well-wishers to strengthen themselves in the Lord.
“In times like this, we should be strong and not give in to death. The resurrection of Christ has strengthened us and set us free from sin and death. We are all on a journey to death. Death can only take us to the Lord and nowhere else. Let us turn to the Rock, where our help is from. Let us strengthen ourselves,” he said.
Birth, Early Life and Education
Robert Sowah Nii Anang was born in La – Accra on 3rd March 1960 to Mr. Andrews
Doku Sowah and Madam Patience Ayorkor Amega Torgbor, of the Ofro Sro We clan of La. He completed La Wireless ‘2’ Middle Mixed School in 1978 with the Middle School Leaving Certificate (MSLC) where he was appointed the Boys’ Senior School Prefect. He also pursued training in fashion design and tailoring at Quarshie Tailors, Accra, where he continued to work upon graduation.
His passion and unique love for working with children led him to participate in several certificate courses on Child Education, Child Psychology, and Child Evangelism.
He was called into full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1998. His first station was Breweniase District in Hohoe Area where he served for five years.
Speaking on the topic, “Comfort One Another With These Words,” the Odorkor Area Head of The Church Of Pentecost, Apostle Isaac Tetteh Judah, noted that in times of death, believers need to comfort themselves because death is not the end of all things.
According to him, comfort in times of death only comes when a person is a believer.
“How can you comfort yourself when you are down? In the setting of this world, it is impossible. But in Christ, we need to comfort ourselves in times of sorrow,” he noted.
The Odorkor Area Head mentioned that to humans, death is an enemy, but Christ has conquered death and freed Christians, saying, “Death brings sorrows, troubles, hopeless times; but in Christ, even in death, we have hope. God has declared those who die in Christ will be kept in Christ.”
“The sudden news of the death of my dear husband was as shocking as it was painful. I had always thought he would live with me and for me forever. Now, death has snatched him from me. I never regretted marrying him because he was a God-fearing man and not just a church-goer.” These were the sorrowful words of the widow, Mrs Mary Sowah Anang as she took her turn to read a tribute to her husband.
The children described their father as “a champion, leader, teacher, coach, supporter and, most of all, a mentor.”
The Teshie District of The Church Of Pentecost, on their part, said Pastor Nii Anang was a man of justice and principles who always sought excellence and fairness.
A tribute read on behalf of the General Council of the Church described the Late Pastor Robert Sowah Nii Anang as an excellent child worker who was very committed to the development and nurturing of children in the Lord.
“Through this special calling, the Lord helped him to unearth hidden talents in children that has propelled most of them to extreme heights in life. The leadership of the Church found him as one of the few persons born and trained with the passion for child development,” it read.
Pastor Robert Sowah Nii Anang took ill in mid-December 2022 and was responding to treatment. He went to be with his Maker on January 9, 2023. He is survived by two daughters and a son.
Also present at the service were Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman (Area Head, Teshie-Nungua), Apostle Samuel Osei Asante (Executive Council Member), Apostle David Kankam Beditor (Executive Council Member), Apostle Isaac Nii Kotei Djani (Executive Council Member), Apostle Seth Fianko Larbi (National Head, Kenya), Apostle Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua (Vice Chancellor, Pentecost University), Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo (Area Head, Haatso), retired and active ministers of the Church, family and well-wishers.