Church of Nigeria

The Church of Nigeria is a member church of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria and in this the second largest after the Church of England. Today it has 156 dioceses and 10 ecclesiastical provinces. Information on members vary 16 to 20 million, with the church services are attended by twice as many people.

Your Primate, as the successor of Peter Akinola since 2010 Nicholas Okoh Dikeriehi Orogodo.


Although Christianity arrived in the 14th century by Augustinians and Capuchins from Portugal to Nigeria. The first mission of the Church of England but was only founded in 1842 by Henry Townsend in Badagry. Samuel Ajayi Crowther 1964, a Yoruba and former slave, ordained bishop of Niger. Lagos was a diocese in 1919. 1951 Leslie Gordon Vining became the first Archbishop of the Province of West Africa. 1952, the Niger Delta Diocese, the Diocese of Ibadan and the Diocese of Ondo - Benin was founded in 1959, the Northern Diocese. Between 1962 and 1977, 10 more dioceses were created: Benin, Ekiti, Enugu, Aba, Kwara, Ilesa, Egba / Egbado, Ijebu and Asaba.

On February 24, 1979, the 16 dioceses in Nigeria were then combined for the Ecclesiastical Province of Nigeria and Timothy O. Olufosoye, Bishop of Ibadan, was Archbishop, Primate and Metropolitan. Under Olufosoye eight other dioceses were created 1980-1987, namely Kano, Jos, Akoko, Owo, Akure, Orlu, Remo, Awka and Osun.

1988, the Bishop of Lagos, J. Abiodun Adetiloye was the second Primate and Metropolitan of Nigeria and the Church of Nigeria, of the Anglican Kirchenbemeinschaft was founded. 1989 was the Diocese of Abuja on the territory of the new Federal Capital of Nigeria, Peter Akinola J. as the first bishop.

The 1990s was the decade of evangelism, and were started by the consecration of missionary bishops for the mission dioceses Minna, Kafanchan, Katsina, Sokoto, Makurdi, Yola, Maiduguri, and Bauchi, Egbado and Ife.

The Archbishop of Canterbury declared the Church of Nigeria to the fastest growing church in the Anglican Communion. Between 1993 and 1996, Primate Adetiloye the nine dioceses of Oke - Osun, Sabongidda - Ora, Okigwe North, Okigwe South, Ikale - Ilaje, Kabba, Nnewi, EGBU, and Niger Delta North. In December 1996, five more mission dioceses in the north: Kebbi, Dutse, Damaturu, Jalingo and Oturkbo. In 1997, the dioceses Wusasa and Abakaliki, 1998 Ughelli North and Ibadan were added.

In 1999, thirteen new dioceses were established in total, four in July ( Oji River, Ideato, Ibadan South and Offa ), eight in November (Lagos West, Ekiti West, Gusau, Gombe, Niger Delta West, Gwagwalada, Lafia and Bida ) and in December, Oleh, which in ten years, 27 new dioceses and 15 mission dioceses were created.


Due to its size, the Church of Nigeria was divided into three ecclesiastical provinces in 1997:

  • The Province 1, consisting of the dioceses of the West, was Archbishop Adetiloye ago, the Primate of All Nigeria remained
  • Province 2, consisting of the eastern dioceses, stood before Bishop Ben Nwankiti of Owerri and from 1998 Bishop JA Onyemelukwe, Bishop of the Niger as archbishop.
  • The third province, consisting of the northern dioceses was Peter J. Akinola as Archbishop before.

2002, the number was increased by a restructuring on 10. Today ( 2011) there are 11 or 14 church provinces.


  • Timothy O. Olufosoye 1979-1988
  • J. Abiodun Adetiloye 1988-1999
  • Peter Akinola 2000-2010
  • Nicholas Okoh Dikeriehi Orogodo 2010 -

Vision of the Church of Nigeria

On January 25, 2000 Peter J. Akinola was appointed primate of the Church of Nigeria. He presented a vision: the Church of Nigeria should be biblical, spiritually dynamic, agreed, disciplined, and self - financed. You should be committed to pragmatic evangelism, social work and as a church embody the true love of Christ. There are concrete steps to achieve this vision elaborated with a specific timetable, and there are twelve newly established Committee on the work to realize the individual points of vision.

Conflicts in the Anglican Communion

The Church of Nigeria is within the Anglican Communion on the conservative side. It knows no women's ordination.

The head of the church, Archbishop Peter Akinola, has stated recently that if living in open homosexual partnership Gene Robinson was consecrated as bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire, the Church of Nigeria Robinson will not recognize as a bishop and not more sees in communion with the Diocese of New Hampshire. The same applies to all the dioceses of the Episcopal Church that support this choice. For the Reformed Episcopal Church but there is an agreement to the church community as well as for 2008, founded Anglican Church in North America.