To say the fact, Christianity in Nigeria has been highly impactful. The religion came into Nigeria via slave trade which started several centuries ago. At that time, the main churches that first established places of worship in Nigeria were the Roman Catholic Church and several of the Protestant denominations from Europe; it happened that the two of them did not oppose the idea of the slave trade.
History of Christianity in Nigeria
Towards the early part of the nineteenth century, the slave trade was coming to an end, and Christianity took a strong root in Nigeria around this time, especially in the southern part of the country and some of the northern parts.
However, the core north remains mostly Islamic due to their resistance of the British colonial masters to effectively spread Christianity in Nigeria and to that region.
in recent times, particularly during President Goodluck Jonathan regime, there were allegations involving Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN President, in some alleged corruption and arm scandal. This negatively impacted on the image of Christian leaders and leadership in the country.
Nevertheless… To be sincere, the impact of Christianity in Nigeria has been mostly felt. For one, the very first set of schools built in Nigeria was built by the missionaries of Catholic and Protestant faiths.
The first set of university graduates in Nigeria was trained in western schools, and many of them got scholarships sponsored by Christian missionaries from the UK especially.
As at today, many of the leading schools in Nigeria are missionary schools created in times past.
Graduates of secondary schools owned by missionaries are proud of their schools, and these schools still have places of importance in the Nigerian education system today.
Due to its acceptance of the Christian faith, the southern part of Nigeria, western education has gained a lot of popularity here, and it has moved this section of the country forward than every other part.
The southern part of Nigeria has some of the best educational institutions in the country, ranging from primary to university education institutions.
The number of educated individuals in the southern part of Nigeria is more than what obtains in the north due to the embrace of Christianity in Nigeria in the southern part.
Aside from educational development, the southern part of Nigeria also benefited from health and other areas due to its embrace of Christianity in Nigeria. For example, some of the best health institutions can be found in this part of the country.
There is faster and easier flow of western culture into the southern part compared to the northern part due to the acceptance of Christianity here.
Christianity in Nigeria has equally led to scientific exploits in this part of the country. Language learning had also improved a great deal.
The social lives of Nigerians can be traced to the influence of Christianity since it brought with it the western culture.
Implementation of state of the art tools and equipment got established faster in the southern part compared to other parts due to the ready entrenchment of Christianity in Nigeria in this part.
The average Nigerian man can boldly hold his own against his western counterpart due to the influence of Christianity in Nigeria, which makes education and information accessible to him, thereby enabling him to do equally well what his fellow professional colleague from the western world would do.
To say the fact, Christianity in Nigeria had been highly impactful. The religion came into Nigeria via slave trade which started several centuries ago.
At that time, the main churches that first established places of worship in Nigeria were the Roman Catholic Church and several of the Protestant denominations from Europe; it happened that the two of them did not oppose the idea of the slave trade.