Nigeria Port Hancourt Mission


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Description

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.

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The Church

The gospel came to Nigeria In 1950 when groups of Nigerians learned about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from magazine articles and Church literature. They began meeting unofficially in the Church’s name and sent letters to the Church requesting missionaries. However, visas were unavailable so missionaries could not be sent to Nigeria until 1978. Two couples serving as special representatives of the Church’s International Mission baptized the first member, who had waited many years for the missionaries.

In 1987, less than 10 years after the Church was established in Nigeria, membership approached 10,000. In January of 1997, membership in Nigeria had reached 30,300, the highest of any nation in the Africa Area. In February 1998, President Gordon B. Hinckley presided over a regional conference held in Port Harcourt.

Food

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.

Transportation

For the most part, missionaries walk everywhere they go. Bring good walking shoes because this will be the main form of transportation. There is a bus system in Port Harcourt that is frequently used by the locals. The area is also known for heavy traffic.

Safety

Be sure to follow all of the mission rules and safety guidelines and use common sense to stay out of trouble. Like in any mission, there are some dangerous areas, but if you avoid those, you won’t have any serious problems.

Customs

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.

Essential Equipment

Good shoes are a must.

Deodorant and shortsleeve shirts can be hard to find in the mission, so bring plenty with you.

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Profile

Nigeria
President Anthony M. Kaku

PO Box 7116
Trans-Amadi
Port Harcourt
Rivers
Nigeria

English, French, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba
NIgeria has more than 168 million people and is one of the fastest growing countries in the world. Port Harcourt has more than 750,000 people.
Islam, Christianity
Port Harcourt has a tropical climate which rains most of the year. December and January are considered the dry months of the year. The average temperature is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).

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