Church of Nigeria

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The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptised membership (not by attendance), after the Church of England. As of 2016 it gives its membership as "over 18 million",[1] out of a total Nigerian population of 190 million. It is "effectively the largest province in the Communion."[2] As measured by active membership, the Church of Nigeria has nearly 2 million active baptised members.[3][4] According to a study published by Cambridge University Press in the Journal of Anglican Studies, there are between 4.94 and 11.74 million Anglicans in Nigeria.[5][6] The Church of Nigeria is the largest Anglican province on the continent of Africa, accounting for 41.7% of Anglicans in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is "probably the first [largest within the Anglican Communion] in terms of active members."[7]

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The Church of Nigeria
Seal of the Church of Nigeria.
ScriptureHoly Bible
TheologyAnglican doctrine
PrimateHenry Ndukuba
AssociationsAnglican Communion, GAFCON, Global South
HeadquartersAbuja, Nigeria
Origin1842; 181 years ago (1842)
Members18 million

Since 2002 the Church of Nigeria has been organised into 14 ecclesiastical provinces. It has rapidly increased the number of its dioceses and bishops from 91 in 2002 to 161 as at January 2013. The administrative headquarters are located in Abuja. Its primate is Archbishop Henry Ndukuba.