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The Story of Jeremy White by Ikechukwu Obiaya


Jeremy Joyner White was born in Aldershot, England, on May 18, 1938. He was the only child of his parents. His secondary education took place at Wellington College. He went on to study at Cambridge University where in 1959 he obtained a bachelor’s degree in History and Modern Languages.

Jeremy was born into an Anglican family. He converted to the Catholic faith in 1959 after receiving classes of Catholic doctrine at Netherhall House, a residence for students in London placed under the pastoral care of the Prelature of Opus Dei. That same year, he went to Nairobi, Kenya, as a foundational teaching staff of Strathmore College (now Strathmore School). It was there that he understood that God was calling him to give himself in Opus Dei, seeking sanctity in the midst of the world and filling professional work with God’s light and love.

On October 20, 1965, Jeremy arrived Nigeria from Kenya to start, with others, the apostolic work of Opus Dei. He did his postgraduate studies at Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, and obtained a doctorate degree in History in 1970. His first employment in Nigeria was at the Institute of Administration, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Ile-Ife, as a lecturer and research fellow. In October 1973, he moved to Lagos having being appointed a lecturer at the Department of History, University of Lagos. Jeremy obtained the Nigerian citizenship in 1985.

From the beginning of the apostolic work of the Prelature of Opus Dei in Nigeria, Jeremy was actively involved in the direction of its activities. He played a key role in the promotion of several educational and developmental social projects.


Dr Jeremy White died in Lagos on April 23, 1990, after a brief illness. At the time of his death, he was an associate professor at the University of Lagos. Already during his life he enjoyed a reputation for holiness among those who knew him.