Original Research - Special Collection: Africa Platform for NT Scholars

Christianity and national development: The Nigeria experience

George Asadu
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 1 | a6307 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i1.6307 | © 2021 George Asadu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 August 2020 | Published: 29 April 2021

About the author(s)

George Asadu, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; and Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Tshwane, South Africa, Nigeria


This study gave a historical account of the contributions of Christianity to the overall development of Nigeria. From the inception of Christianity in Nigeria, it has been inculcating in its adherents’ uncompromised moral values, respect for human life and dignity through adequate education and social tasks. Unfortunately, social critics have constantly but erroneously, underestimated the contributions made by Christian missionary work in Nigeria. Therefore, this research was an attempt to specifically show that Christianity is genuine; it has made great strides in the areas of education, agriculture, healthcare and rural development. Its contribution to national development will be portrayed in this work. Christianity was committed to upholding social justice, equality and people’s welfare, all of which helped a country achieve national development. The purpose of enumerating the contributions of Christianity was to correct the bad impressions which the social critics might have generated. This was also to buttress that nation building was part of the agenda in missionary work in Nigeria. To achieve this aim, a historical approach was used. The findings made clear the fact that Christianity is one popular institution that has greatly influenced many Nigerians positively. Hence, most Nigerians were in love with Christian mission.

Contribution: This work corrected the negative impressions which social critics might have generated about Christianity. It buttressed that nation building remained the prime agenda in missionary work in the entire universe. Christianity’s continuous contribution to Nigeria cannot be overemphasised; it is a peaceful religion.


Christianity; development; experience; nation; Nigeria.


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