Nigeria Province Profile

Primate: The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh
Provincial Secretary: The Ven. Stephen Ayodeji Fagbemi

The rebirth of Christianity began with the arrival of Christian freed slaves in Nigeria in the middle of the nineteenth century. The Church Missionary Society established an evangelistic ministry, particularly in the south. The division of the Province of West Africa in 1979 formed the Province of Nigeria and the Province of West Africa. During the 1990s, nine missionary Bishops consecrated themselves to evangelism in northern Nigeria.

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), met on Tuesday, February 22, 2000 to elect a new primate for the Church, following the retirement of the Primate and Archbishop of Province I, the Most Revd. J. Abiodun Adetiloye. His successor, the new Primate, the Most Revd. Peter Jasper Akinola, saw the need for a new focus and, indeed, a vision for the Anglican Communion. As the holy Bible puts it in Proverbs 29: 18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. He saw the beginning of his tenure as a timely opportunity to chart a new future for the Church. He believed that the process of charting this new future must involve the various hierarchies of the Church so that they, together, will evolve a shared vision. Primate Akinola therefore used the occasion of his presentation in Abuja on March 25, 2000 to flag off the process of articulating the vision for the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). On 15th September, 2009, Archbishop Nicholas Orogodo Okoh was elected the new Primate.

The Anglican Communion today is organized into three provinces, namely Province I, Province II and Province III. It has 76 Dioceses and 76 Bishops. Most of the churches are located in urban settings with thousands of villages yet to be reached by the gospel of salvation. There is raw paganism and syncretism: Spirituality is shallow and many adherents pay little attention to Bible study, prayer and fasting. Although the Church has witnessed significant growth numerically, its Spiritual growth rate in recent times has significantly declined.

The Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh
Primate of All Nigeria
P.O Box 212