Referred to as the “Giant of Africa,” Nigeria is located in western Africa and is the most populous country in Africa with 186,000,000 people. This country is growing at an outrageous speed and is expected to more than double its population in the next 34 years. By 2050, Nigeria is projected to have a population 392 million people and will become the world’s fourth most populated country. That is incredible!
Nigeria currently has 6 cities with more than 1 million people in population. Lagos is the largest of those cities, with 16 million people living in the city proper. That great population makes Lagos the largest city in Africa and puts it number 6 in the world. When considering which country to be a missionary to, Nigeria should be on everyone’s radar considering the amount of people within its borders. The need in this country is great; over half of Nigeria’s population identifies itself as Muslim. We need people to consider whether or not God would use them in this great country.
Nigeria faces a lot of struggles to overcome. This country faces problems in its leadership. Like many countries in Africa, the Nigerian government deals with corruption and mismanagement almost on every level. This corruption cripples its people and causes poverty throughout Nigeria. Poverty is prevalent, and there is distrust among the people of Nigeria. People are hurting because of the corruption in Nigeria. They need men in leadership level who will care for them.
Although the statistics show that there is a large presence of Christianity in Nigeria (the CIA Factbook estimates 40%), most Bible believers would not classify Nigeria’s forms of Christianity as biblical. Prosperity gospel preaching, Word of Faith, and similar cults have run amok in Nigeria. These unbiblical teachings have misled millions of people and have not taught the true gospel. Religion is considered a big business in Nigeria according to an article from the BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-14573660). What a sad representation of God, His Word, and His mission. Millions of people are being misled by false teachers. What Nigeria needs are men who are committed to faithfully teaching God’s word and who are also willing to train the Nigerians to do the same.
Nigeria, although it is great in size, is also great in need. Nigeria is in need of men who are willing to put aside their dreams and aspirations and make it their goal to fill the need that only Christ and His gospel can meet. Would you consider what your role in world evangelism should be? Would consider taking the gospel to this great and needy country? Would you consider this country as an option for which you would give your life? Nigeria is truly a great nation; what will you do about it?
Director of OGTC