The Federation of Nigeria is located on the south coast of West Africa, just north of the equator. Nigeria is bordered by Cameroon to the east, Chad to the northeast, Niger to the north, Benin to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Nigeria covers an area about twice the size of California. Chappal Waddi is Nigeria’s highest point at 7,936 feet.
Nigeria is an important center of biodiversity. A wide range of plants and animals live in the lush tropical rainforests and in the coastal plains, including the world’s most diverse selection of butterflies. The Niger and Benue rivers combine to form the world’s largest river delta—an area teeming with life. Nigeria is one of Africa's most populous nations with about 150 million people. Almost half of the population is urban. Only 40 percent of Nigerians are Christian. The rest follow other religions or indigenous beliefs.
There are more than 500 languages in Nigeria, which are spoken by 250 different people groups. Though English is the official language of Nigeria and is commonly used for conducting official affairs, half the people of Nigeria cannot speak it. However, almost everyone speaks more than one language. Furthermore, tribal languages are widely used in mass communication, including television and radio. They are also taught in schools and are prominent in traditional literature.
The Bible has not yet been translated into 300 of these mother-tongue languages. That means Nigeria comprises a large portion of the world’s remaining translation needs. Wycliffe Associates is supporting this important work by sending volunteers on Christian missions trips to fill key needs for the translators, and also by raising financial support for the ongoing ministries. Can you help?