– Photo of Effon-Ekiti Church, western Nigeria, in 1916 –
Federal Republic of Nigeria
|Area: 924,000 sq. km.
Population: 133 million.
Population Growth Rate: 2.5%
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
Head of State:
President Goodluck Jonathan
Independence: 1 October 1960.
Ethnic Groups: 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous: Hausa/ Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%
Religions: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%
The Society of African Missions (SMA) first arrived in Nigeria in 1863.
The first SMA missionary was Fr Francesco Borghero from Italy.
He established a mission at Lagos.
Nigeria is and has been for many years the hub of SMA activity of the Irish Province in Africa.
SMA members, from several parts of the Society, work in the following Dioceses / Territories:
Benin City Archdiocese
Kontagora Vicariate Apostolic
Most Rev Archbishop Augustine Kasujja
Embassy of the Holy See
Pope John Paul II Crescent