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Nigeria


Nigeria

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 174. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 195 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Background

The Federal Republic of Nigeria is bordered by the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its capital is Abuja and its largest city is Lagos with a population of 21 million. The overall population of Nigeria is 174 million, making it the most populous country in Africa and the seventh largest population in the world.

Religion

49.3% Christian (found largely in the south), 48.8%  Muslim (found largely in the north). Among Christians, 24.8% are Catholic, 74.1% are Protestant.

Stone-Campbell Presence

The Stone-Campbell Movement came to Nigeria and West Africa through an indigenous mission work led by Coolidge Akpan Okon Essien (1915-1960). He and other Nigerian evangelists led forty-nine churches and over 10,000 members, before he enrolled in 1948 in a Bible correspondence course offered by the Lawrence Avenue Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee. As a result of that course, these churches were connected with American Churches of Christ who began to send missionaries to Nigeria in 1952. They established preacher training schools and a system of village schools enrolling over 2,500 students by 1959. In 1964 Dr. Henry (1926-1910) and Grace (1924-2013) Farrar arrived and soon founded Nigerian Christian Hospital.

The Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970) caused great loss of life and property for the churches. Most American missionaries left Nigeria, some planting churches in nearby Cameroon. After the war, Dr. Farrar reopened the hospital, Upkom Bible College grew into Nigerian Christian Bible College, and leadership of churches and other institutions passed in Nigerian hands. By 2014, there were over 3000 congregations and almost 300,000 adherents of Churches of Christ and thirty churches with over 6,000 adherents of Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. International Churches of Christ have fifteen congregations, with the Lagos church having over 1700 members.

Created by Gary Holloway, revised August 10, 2016

 

Contact Information

A. National Office

 

B. Congregational Information

 

C. Educational Institutions

 

Sunset International Bible Institute has associate schools in Ikot Usen, Obudu, and Onicha Ngwa.

Nigeria Christian Bible College

Western Nigeria Christian College

School of Biblical Studies, Jos

D. Social Service Ministries

 

E. Magazines/Periodicals

 

F. International Ministries

 

G. Conventions/Lectureships/Assemblies/Forums/Conferences

 

H. Points of Interest