The Aba Nigeria Temple is the 121st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the 1st temple completed in Nigeria. The highly visible site of the Aba Nigeria Temple is situated on the outskirts of Aba, north of the Ogbor River. A concrete bridge—constructed by the Church—spans the river, granting access to the temple complex, which includes a stake center and an administration office building with guest rooms.


History

The Aba Nigeria Temple was the first temple built in Nigeria and the third built in Africa, following the Johannesburg South Africa Temple (1985) and Accra Ghana Temple (2004).

On 7 August 2005, President Hinckley returned to Nigeria to dedicate the Aba temple on a warm, humid day where 7,415 gathered from throughout Nigeria. During that weekend, activities related to the dedication carried the theme: “A Day of Rejoicing,” a fitting description for members who seemed hardly able to contain their joy. In the dedicatory prayer, President Hinckley called the temple a “thing of beauty,” which would help heal the land.

President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Aba Nigeria Temple during a worldwide tour that included visits to Anchorage, Alaska; Vladivostok, Russia; Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong, China; New Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and finally Aba, Nigeria. His first view of the temple was from a helicopter in a flyover of the site.

Temple District

The Aba Nigeria Temple serves members from 59 stakes and 19 districts headquartered in Nigeria:

  1. Aba Nigeria North Stake
  2. Aba Nigeria Ogbor Hill Stake
  3. Aba Nigeria South Stake
  4. Aba Nigeria Umuola Stake
  5. Abak Nigeria Stake
  6. Abakaliki Nigeria Stake
  7. Abeokuta Nigeria Ibara Stake
  8. Abeokuta Nigeria Stake
  9. Abuja Nigeria Kubwa Stake
  10. Abuja Nigeria Lugbe Stake
  11. Abuja Nigeria Wuse Stake
  12. Agbor Nigeria District
  13. Akamkpa Nigeria District
  14. Akure Nigeria District
  15. Asaba Nigeria Stake
  16. Asaga Ohafia Nigeria District
  17. Akwa Nigeria Stake
  18. Benin City Nigeria Ihogbe Stake
  19. Benin City Nigeria Ikpokpan Stake
  20. Benin City Nigeria New Benin Stake
  21. Benin City Nigeria Oregbeni Stake
  22. Benin City Nigeria Siluko Stake
  23. Benin City Nigeria Sokponba Stake
  24. Benin City Nigeria Ugbowo Stake
  25. Benin City Nigeria Uzebu Stake
  26. Bori Nigeria District
  27. Calabar Nigeria North Stake
  28. Calabar Nigeria South Stake
  29. Calabar Nigeria Stake
  30. Eket Nigeria Stake
  31. Ekpoma Nigeria Stake
  32. Enugu Nigeria Stake
  33. Etinan Nigeria North Stake
  34. Etinan Nigeria Stake
  35. Gboko Nigeria District
  36. Ibadan Nigeria North Stake
  37. Ibadan Nigeria Stake
  38. Ijebu-Ode Nigeria District
  39. Ikot Akpaden Nigeria Stake
  40. Ikot Akpatek Nigeria Stake
  41. Ikot Ekpene Nigeria Stake
  42. Ile-Ife Nigeria Stake
  43. Ilorin Nigeria District
  44. Jos Nigeria District
  45. Lagos Nigeria Agege Stake
  46. Lagos Nigeria Egbeda Stake
  47. Lagos Nigeria Festac Stake
  48. Lagos Nigeria Ikeja Stake
  49. Lagos Nigeria Ojodu Stake
  50. Lagos Nigeria Yaba Stake
  51. Makurdi Nigeria District
  52. Mbaise Nigeria District
  53. Nsukka Nigeria District
  54. Nsukwa Nigeria District
  55. Ogwashi Nigeria District
  56. Okpuala Ngwa Nigeria Stake
  57. Okrika Nigeria District
  58. Ondo Nigeria District
  59. Onitsha Nigeria Stake
  60. Oron Nigeria District
  61. Otukpo Nigeria District
  62. Owerri Nigeria North Stake
  63. Owerri Nigeria Stake
  64. Port Harcourt Nigeria Choba Stake
  65. Port Harcourt Nigeria East Stake
  66. Port Harcourt Nigeria North Stake
  67. Port Harcourt Nigeria South Stake
  68. Port Harcourt Nigeria Stake
  69. Port Harcourt Nigeria West Stake
  70. Sapele Nigeria District
  71. Ukat Aran Nigeria Stake
  72. Umuahia Nigeria South Stake
  73. Umuahia Nigeria Stake
  74. Uyo Nigeria Ibiono Stake
  75. Uyo Nigeria South Stake
  76. Uyo Nigeria Stake
  77. Warri Nigeria Stake
  78. Yenagoa Nigeria Stake

Temple Presidents

  1. David W. Eka 2019–
  2. John E. Kosin 2016–2019
  3. John A. Ihenkoro 2013–2016
  4. Alexander A. Odume 2010–2013
  5. Douglas M. Robinson 2009–2010
  6. B. Taylor Harper 2007–2009
  7. Jerry V. Kirk 2005–2007

See Also

References


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The Aba Nigeria Temple is the 121st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the 1st temple completed in Nigeria. The highly visible site of the Aba Nigeria Temple is situated on the outskirts of Aba, north of the Ogbor River. A concrete bridge—constructed by the Church—spans the river, granting access to the temple complex, which includes a stake center and an administration office building with guest rooms.

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