The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a major Christian denomination with a significant presence in Nigeria. We worship on Saturdays, not for personal reasons but Biblical, which are founded in the scriptures and dates back to creation. “We believe that Sabbath is a Holy Day and should not be used for any personal, civil or public business.
The church in Nigeria started in 1914 by a Missionary David C. Babcock after coming from mission in Sierra Leone who learnt Yoruba language in less than 5 months in order to preach the gospel. Babcock University was named after him. He pioneered the work of the Adventist Church in Nigeria in 1914. He was based in Erunmu in Oyo State, Nigeria.
In 2014,the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria celebrated 100 years of active proclamation of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ through her pulpits in churches and public campaigns; educational institutions, health and welfare institution,
Nigeria has a population of more than 180 million people, making it the most populous country in Africa. About 278,000 Adventists lives in Nigeria. That’s about one Adventist for every 612 persons.
The church has contributed to the growth of the nation especially in the educational and medical fields. It also shares the truth of the gospel to countless number of people through rural and urban evangelism. Adventists are very loving people who care for the environment, promote healthy practices and help those in need. They hold on to scripture as the only basis of truth.
Nigeria has many Adventist primary and secondary schools as well as Babcock University, which has more 12,000 students. Many students at Adventist schools do not come from Adventist—or even from Christian homes. Schools are a great way to lead children and their families to Jesus.
A second university is currently in place in the Eastern Nigeria territory to compliment and support Babcock University in Ogun State which was established in 1959.
Nigeria has 3 Unions
-Eastern Nigeria Union Conference
-Northern Nigeria Union Conference
-Western Nigeria Union Conference