For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.
- Stats for Nigeria
On the edge of Islamic and African countries, so may have characteristics of both cultures.
Top 25 Stats
Total Population- 183.5 M (7th); Total Christians- 81.1 M (7th); Total Evangelicals- 48.8 M (4th); Percent of Country Who Are Evangelicals- 26.59% (9th); Total Gospel Visits- 6.6 M (12th); Total Gospel Decisions- 957,000 (6th); Gospel Decisions to Visits- 14.43% (13th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Yoruba (22.8%); Benue (17.8%); Hausa (16%); Igbo (14.9%); Fulani (10.4%); Chadic (4.5%); Kanuri (4%); Guinean (2.5%); Nupe (2%); Ijaw (1.8%); Adamawa-Ubangi (1.2%); Other Sub-Saharan African (1.7%).
English, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo
Oil and gas are the main assets, along with other minerals. Petroleum accounts for over 90 per cent of total export revenue. Oil wealth enriches an elite few, while most people live in poverty. Agricultural production has actually declined.
History / Politics
Independent in 1960 from Great Britain; Under military dictatorship until recently. Tribal rivalries are the core of politics; British allowed Muslims to rule the northern regions. Major differences exist between the Muslim north and the Christian south. It has been difficult to maintain unity between north and south and even among states. One of the most corrupt nations in the world, involved with email scams, and drug running. Bribery and fraud occur all over the country and at both high and low levels of society. Boko Haram, an extreme Muslim group, commits terrorism in the north. Sharia law has already been established in several Muslim-dominated states.
Christians need to cooperate with Muslims to fight the corruption that is ruining society. Many have come to Christ in Nigeria. The large number of new Christians has outstripped ability to disciple; More ministers are needed. Many mix prosperity gospel or native religious practices in with true Christianity. Spiritual warfare needs to be balanced with humility and holiness. Nigeria’s prayer movement is an example for the world; Students are also strong. Nigeria sends out thousands of missionaries and plans to send out 10 times as many in future. There are many good Bible and theological training centers. Millions of Muslim and traditional religious practitioners still need the Gospel.
Pray for political unity and the reduction of corruption throughout society. Pray for better security in the north and forgiveness and healing of the victims of violence. Pray that all religious groups will cooperate to eliminate corruption.