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A lawyer-turned-clergy, Bakarey serves as president of the church for the next year from her base in Ibadan, Nigeria. She's expected to travel regularly to the headquarters and other parts of the US and beyond for official duties.
The church is known for its publication, Christian Science Monitor, a print and online publication that has won several Pulitzer prizes for its journalistic works.
"It's an honor to Africa. Sometimes I'm in awe when I think about it"
"It's an honor to Africa. Sometimes I'm in awe when I think about it," she says. "Who am I to be the president of The Mother Church? But I just know it's God; it's beyond me.... We can see the hand of God in it," Christian Science Monitor quotes Bakarey as saying in response to the announcement.