Maguru, Enock (1921–2011)

By Fulgence Mangosongo

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Fulgence Mangosongo (B.A. in Theology, University of Arusha, Arusha, Tanzania; B.A.-CED, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania) is serving as a frontline ordained pastor in Western Tanzania Conference and Projects and Development Committee secretary for the same conference. He has served the community as a Community Economic Development officer before joining pastoral ministry. He is married to Shelida Crispo Mukali and has two sons and one daughter.

Enock Barandaje Maguru was a pioneer of Adventism in Kigoma region, Tanzania.

Early Life and Conversion

Enock Barandaje Maguru was born in 1921 in Munanila village in Kigoma region in Tanzania. His parents were natives of Kigoma region. His father was Majoro and his mother was Nyakiki. They had 13 children: Sadock, Enikia, Bertha, Underson, Yohosheba, Lotani, Benjamin, Ishmael, Nsekakaliho, Zawadi, Nyamdogwa, Nyabenda, and Buchumi. Enock Maguru spent his childhood at Munanila village in Kigoma region. He studied at Kangara Primary school in Morogoro, but he never completed standard eight. He dropped out of school in standard six after being sick for some time.1

Pastor Sparrow, a missionary from South Africa, came to Kigoma region in 1946. He befriended Enock Maguru who was among the first seven Africans in Kigoma to be baptized in 1948.2

At the age of 22, Enock Maguru married his first wife, Mchulila or Ada. She died in 1955 and left him with three children. Enock Maguru married his second wife in 1956 and they had ten children.3

Maguru was sponsored by Heri Mission Hospital for further study in general maintenance. On December 19, 1965, he completed the course and was awarded a certificate from Matandani Industrial School in Malawi.4

Ministry

Enock Maguru was a local church elder, evangelist, and supporter of the church. He supervised the construction of local churches in Nyamasovu and Karo. He conducted several public evangelistic meetings and sponsored other preachers. He was a pioneer of Adventism in Kigoma region.5

Enock Maguru assisted Sparrow in construction and participated in road construction and in building Heri Mission Hospital. After Sparrow left the country, Enock Maguru was the chief general technician of Heri Mission Hospital.6

Later Life

Enock Maguru retired in 1983 as Heri Adventist Hospital’s general technician. He received several awards and recognitions for his outstanding contribution. The Eastern Africa Division awarded him a certificate in recognition of outstanding service and unselfish dedication to the health work of the Church in Africa. He also received an award from Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the first president of Tanzania. He was recognized on December 9, 1968, for being the first person in Kigoma region to advance in modern agriculture and animal husbandry. Enock Maguru passed away on September 11, 2011, at Karo in Munanila village, Buhigwe district, in Kigoma region in Tanzania.7

Source

“Maguru, Enock.” Service Records, Western Tanzania Conference Secretariat Archive, Kilimahewa, Kigoma, Tanzania.

Notes

  1. Underson Maguru, interview by author, Munanila - Kigoma, March 17, 2020.

  2. Jacob Kagize, interview by author, Munanila - Kigoma, June 5, 2017.

  3. Ishmael Maguru, interview by author, Munanila - Kigoma, March 17, 2020.

  4. Stanley Champanda, interview by author, Munanila - Kigoma, March 17, 2020.

  5. Underson Maguru, interview by author, Munanila - Kigoma, March 17, 2020.

  6. Stanley Champanda, interview by author, Munanila - Kigoma, March 17, 2020.

  7. Underson Maguru, interview by author, Munanila - Kigoma, March 17, 2020.

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Mangosongo, Fulgence. "Maguru, Enock (1921–2011)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Accessed June 20, 2021. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=CFDO.

Mangosongo, Fulgence. "Maguru, Enock (1921–2011)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Date of access June 20, 2021, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=CFDO.

Mangosongo, Fulgence (2021, April 28). Maguru, Enock (1921–2011). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved June 20, 2021, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=CFDO.