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Snapshot of 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.
In the 1950s, some Nigerians learned about the church through magazine articles and then acquired church materials. Groups of people began to meet unofficially in the church’s name. These faithful people requested the church to send missionaries, but these efforts were thwarted due to the fact that visas were unavailable.
In 1978, the church was able to send two missionary couples to Nigeria, and the first Nigerian to be baptized was one who had waited many years for the arrival of the priesthood.
In 1897, less than ten years after the church was established in Nigeria, membership reached almost 10,000. Today, total church membership is reaching 110,000.
On August 7, 2005, the Aba, Nigeria temple was dedicated by President Hinkley.
There are 350 congregations in Nigeria, 4 missions, and 45 family history centers.
The food in Nigeria is like that of all of Western Africa, rich in spices, herbs, vegetables, and meat.
Pate is a Nigerian dish made with ground dry corn or rice or acha. Mostly combined with vegetables (spinach), tomatoes, onions, pepper, garden egg, locust beans, groundnut, biscuit bone and meats minces. It is common within northwestern Nigeria
Many of the cities in Mozambique are connected via railway. There are also several miles of highway, both paved and unpaved.
The US Dept. of State warns US Citizens of the risk of traveling to Nigeria, as there is a very high crime rate.*
Following the mission rules and guidelines of the apostles and prophets from the White Handbook will keep you safe. Make sure to be cautious and obedient!
*from travel.state.gov, a service from the Bureau of Consular Affairs
There are more than 250 ethnic groups in Nigeria, each with varying customs and languages. This provides for a diverse range of ethnicity, culture, and customs.
Football (soccer) is considered the national sport, and Nigeria has it’s own national team, which has played in the World Cup four times.
Contacting your missionary:
The US Postal Service does send mail to Mozambique. However, mail takes a few weeks to travel to Africa, so keep that in mind when you write handwritten letters.
PO Box 9028
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