Nigeria Benin City Mission


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Description

Benin city is the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. Forested plains and farmland cover most the terrain surrounding the city.  The climate is tropical and marked by distinct wet and dry seasons.  Benin City is the administrative capital of Edo State and center of Nigeria’s rubber industry. Several prominent schools and universities are also headquartered in Benin City.

This sign bids visitors and residents farewell as they leave Benin City, capitol of Edo State.

This sign bids visitors and residents farewell as they leave Benin City, capitol of Edo State.

Nigeria – Africa’s most populous nation has over 500 languages spoken within its borders. The official languages are English and French, though Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba are also widely spoken. Nigeria is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. The rapid growth presents problems, however, as much of the country’s population does not have access to clean drinking water or sanitary services. Less than 30% of Nigerians attend secondary school. Religiously the country is split almost evenly between Christianity and Islam, with most Muslims located in the north and Christians in the south and central regions. Nigeria has a strong literary tradition, including such authors as Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka and Chichua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart. Nigeria has also been very influential in the development of modern African music, particularly styles such as Highlife, Afrobeat, and Palm Wine music. Nigeria also has a large film industry. Soccer is extremely popular in Nigeria; it is the first African nation to have won the gold medal for soccer in the Olympics. Basketball is also popular. Spicy soups and stews are popular cuisine in Nigeria, though rice- and bean-based dishes are also common. Meat is eaten in most meals, often cooked with chili peppers or other spices. Chin chin and Puff Puff are popular snacks that are similar to donuts.

The Church

The Church has achieved rapid congregational growth in Benin City since its initial establishment in the 1980s. Approximately half of Church membership joined the Church within the last decade. Poverty presents many difficulties and challenges for membership to become more self-sufficient.

Map of Church in Benin City: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=208902184762411646460.0004a4215077ca0cbd14c&msa=0&ll=6.34891,5.61985&spn=0.116867,0.181789&dg=feature

Food

Egusi soup, a classic African soup, basically the great grandfather of gumbo.

Egusi soup, a classic African soup, basically the great grandfather of gumbo.

While yam is staple food source, fish and rich stews (fufu and egusi soup) are also very common. Rice also a common side. People in Benin City eat a lot of fish, shrimps and crayfish, usually dried and smoked. Meat, usually beef or chicken, is normally deep-fried in palm oil before it is added to stews. Fruit such as mangos, pineapples and oranges are widely available in the market. The cultural preference is to eat the fruit as a fruit and not to make a juice with it.

 

Transportation

Nigerian roads are not great, but the city is well linked and networked. You will find taxis ready to take you anywhere. Most taxis and buses are painted red on their body and yellow on the roof. There are no standard bus stops in the city so generally when you are in a commercial vehicle that has reached your destination, you would alert the driver by saying “STOP” or “DROP”, and then he will come to a halt. Don’t hesitate to say this as the driver will certainly take you past your destination if you don’t.

Getting around at night time is pretty much the same as getting around during the daytime but keep in mind that some routes become more dangerous at night time. Be skeptical about entering a commercial vehicle at night if it has no passengers. Apart from buses and taxis you can also get around the city with motor bikes.

Igun Street, Benin City, Nigeria

Igun Street, Benin City, Nigeria

Safety

Benin City is a turbulent city. You must take precautions with all things that you do. Be careful about the places you go and the times you go there. Always take care of your belongings with much care. Take special care to always obey the mission rules.

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Profile

Nigeria
President Akingbade Ademola Ojo

PO Box 7713
Benin City
Edo
Nigeria

English, French, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba
Estimated at 1.28 million and ranked as the sixth most populous city in Nigeria.
Christianity, Islam
Benin City experiences warm to hot weather all year round with a good amount of rain during the months of May-October.

Experiences

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