Nigeria

Please select a region from the map above to reveal a list of countries where Mothers' Union works in that area.
You can then click on a country from the list that will appear below to find out more about the work of Mothers' Union and its projects.

Nigeria

The province of Nigeria was formed in 1979 and now has fourteen ecclesiastical internal provinces with over 160 dioceses. Mothers' Union started in Nigeria in 1908, and now has over 100,000 members. With such a diverse and varied membership, needs in each diocese are understandably quite different. Many parts up to the North of Nigeria are governed under Shariah (Islamic) law. The church – and Mothers' Union – therefore faces significant challenges and persecution for their beliefs. Culture in Nigeria can be very hierarchical and with very traditional views (including on the role of women). Mothers' Union is crucial therefore, in promoting and supporting the interests of women and working closely with the Church on this.

Mothers' Union members in Nigeria have been working on the empowerment of woman and young girls with dioceses organising prayer conferences with themes such as "Those who wait upon the Lord" and include young woman and girls prayer days, where there has been a focus on health issues. In other diocese women have been learning how to make stain removers and disinfectants in order to provide themselves with an income.

Most dioceses have their own dedicated Mothers' Union Community Development Coordinator (CDCs); CDCs are responsible for engaging with the local community, supporting family life and encouraging parents. Income generation, literacy and saving skills, care for the sick and elderly, a widow’s welfare scheme, agricultural training and provision, youth development and health education are among other activities undertaken by CDC’s in the different dioceses at grassroots levels.

Nigeria is the only country in Western Africa to have Mothers' Union Worldwide Parenting Programme – it has its own dedicated trainer who was trained in the UK. The trainer is able to train facilitators locally thus enabling the programme to be self-sustaining and locally owned. At the moment, most parenting groups are held in the diocese of Lagos West but the programme is still growing and developing (with positive encouragement from the Province) so the future looks bright and promising. 

Members: over 60,000 in 160 dioceses.