Which is the First Church in Nigeria?

Although Christianity made its first appearance in Nigeria in Benin in the sixteenth century when Portuguese missionaries came, no definitive church was established before the missionaries departed. The first church in Nigeria wasn’t built until few centuries later.

The first church in Nigeria is the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta. Its foundation was laid by Reverend Andrew Desalu Wilhelm, and it was completed in 1898. The church served as a rallying point for a number of Christian missionaries who brought Christianity into Abeokuta at the time.

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Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta; the first church in Nigeria

Although a newer and bigger auditorium has been built in the church premises where worship sessions are now being held, the original structure of the oldest church is still intact in the church premises and preserved as an artefact. Also within the church premises is a hall named after Rev. Henry Townsend, one of the earliest Christian missionaries. He was the founder of the first newspaper in Nigeria, the Iwe Irohin.

Question: Which is the first church in Nigeria?

Answer: Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.

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