Late Bishop Dr. Sebastian Kolowa
Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) is a higher learning institution established by the North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Starting as Sebastian Kolowa University College (SEKUCo) of Tumaini University on 28th October 2007, it was the first university to be opened in Tanga region. It is located in Magamba, Lushoto District, in the heart of the renowned Usambara mountains. On 30th September 2012, SEKUCo was transformed into a full-fledged higher learning institution known as SEBASTIAN KOLOWA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY (SEKOMU).
The name of the university derives from the first African bishop of the Diocese. On 25th November 2005, the Executive Council of the NED formally declared that the university college should be named after this leader. Born on 2nd May 1933, he was elected to the position of Bishop in 1972 and consecrated in 1974. Two years later, he became the Presiding Bishop of the ELCT. After completing his doctoral studies in Germany, Bishop Sebastian Kolowa acquired the Doctor of Theology award in 1987. Bishop Dr. Sebastian Kolowa died on 26th October 1992. It is in honour of this renowned, yet very humble servant of God, that the University continues to bear its name.