24 Mar 2019
The Ibadan Nigeria North Stake was organized from a division of the Ibadan Nigeria Stake and the Ilorin Nigeria District on March 24th. The new stake includes the following five wards and three branches: the Adegbayi, Akobo, Mokola, Ojoo, and Sawmill Wards, and the Oke Itunu, Olodo, and Oyo Branches. The Church organized its first stake in Ibadan in 2014 and has reported rapid congregational growth since that time which has warranted the stake to divide only five years later.
The original Ibadan Nigeria District was organized in 1991. Slow growth occurred for the Church in Ibadan for much of the first couple decades of a Church presence in the city. However, rapid growth has occurred in Ibadan for nearly one decade. There are now five stakes in the Yorubaland region of Nigeria. In contrast, there were no stakes in Yorubaland prior to 2014. Given steady growth in the region and a population numbering in the tens of millions, Ibadan appears like a likely candidate for a future temple one day, perhaps in the next 5-10 years given current growth rates.
There are now 56 stakes and 17 districts in Nigeria.