Facts About Religion In Nigeria
I don't know about you,but I definitely know that Nigerians are
quite religious,everything literally revolves about religion in Nigeria.
A typical Nigerian is so religious that he or she must pray
before embarking on any task whatsoever.
Facts About Religion In Nigeria
Lets take a quick look at some facts about religion in Nigeria that you didn't know until now.
- The ratio of the number of muslims to christians is almost 50/50.
- The National mosque and the church face each other in Independence Avenue Abuja.
- Non Christians And Muslims account for %5 percent of the Nigerian population.
- The largest church in the United Kingdom called the Kingsway International Christian Centre, is owned by a Nigerian, Matthew Ashimolowo.
- Nigeria has a whooping 77 million Muslims,while Saudi Arabia,the birthplace of Islam has about 25 million muslims.
- The majority of Nigerian Muslims are Sunni and are concentrated in the northern region of the country,while Christians are concentrated in the south.
- The largest churches in Ukraine, Kenya, and Tanzania are owned by Nigerians.
- Most of Nigeria's Christians are Protestants (Redeemed Christian Church of God, Winners' Chapel,Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Evangelical Church Winning All, Mountain of Fire and Miracles, Christ Embassy, The Synagogue Church Of All Nation Etc)
- The largest annual Christian gathering in Africa is the Holy Ghost Festival organized by the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
- The largest church auditorium in Africa is located in Nigeria at the Faith Tabernacle of Winners Chapel, Otta.
- About a quater of the Christian population are Catholic.
- Between 1990-2000s the population of Christian protestant churches increased significantly.
- Most protestant churches are concentrated in the southern region of Nigeria,not too many can be found in the North.
- Yoruba land contains contains a large Anglican population,while Igbo land is predominantly Catholic and the Edo area is predominantly Assemblies of God Church.
- Islam dominates the north,and also has worshippers in south western yoruba part of Nigeria.
- The Hausa ethnic group in the North is mostly Muslims.
- Yoruba tribe is divided among mainly Islam and christians.
- Igbos of the East and the Ijaws in the South are predominantly Christians/Catholics and some practitioners of traditional religions.
- A large number of Sunni Muslims are members of Sufi brotherhoods.
- Nigeria has the Largest Christian population in Africa.
- The Roman Catholic Church in Nigeria has about 19 million members in Nigeria in 2005.
- The Archdioceses of the Roman Catholic Church are located in Abuja, Onitsha, Benin City, Calabar, Ibadan, Lagos, and Owerri.
- Cardinal Francis Arinze is a Roman Catholic Cardinal from Nigeria.
- The Igbo's from the north was pushed away in the late 1960s,that left Roman Catholic churches poorly attended, but by the 1980s the numbers has increased with new churches being built in the east.
- Islam was introduced to northern Nigeria as far back as the 11th century.
- Islam was introduced to Yoruba speaking areas during the time of Mansa Musa's Mali Empire.
- The Yoruba's initially referred to Islam as "Esin-Mali" which means religion from Mali.
- Shia Muslims of Nigeria are mainly located in the Sokoto State.
- Ibrahim Zakzaky introduced many Nigerians to Shia Islam.
- Hinduism spread to Nigeria mainly by immigration of Hindus from India and Hare Krishna Missionaries.
- Some Nigerians have converted to Hinduism mainly due to the efforts of ISKCON Missionaries.
- There are about 25,000 Nigerians practicing Hinduism and most of them live in Lagos State
- Chrislam religion is a combination of Christianity and Islam.
- Chrislam religion adopts practices from both the Bible and the Quran,with the aim of stopping religious feuds among Nigerians.