Young Life Nigeria

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Reaching the young people of Nigeria

Despite the significant tension between religious and ethnic groups, in only a short amount of time, God has grown Young Life in Nigeria exponentially, as there is an average of over 2,000 kids at club each week!

In 2020, 1,747 teens were known by name in Nigeria.

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  • Population: 205,574,193
  • Main languages: English, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo
  • Kids reached by YLA: 14,056

Nigeria summary

Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1960, but the country broke out into civil war in 1967. The civil war lasted until 1970, but eventually military rule was established which lasted on and off until 1999. The military head of state died in 1998, allowing there to be a transition to a civilian government as a new constitution was created. The nation has worked to become more democratic, but there is significant tension between various ethnic and religious groups causing several of the presidential elections to become violent as most of the major political parties are tied to the largest ethnic and religious groups in the country. In the population of just over 200 million, just over 46% of the people in Nigeria are under age 18. The country is nearly split between Islam and Christianity, with Islam at 45% and Christianity near 50-55%.

Young Life began in Nigeria in 2015 when Joseph Madu felt the Lord calling him to move from Senegal back to his home country to lead Young Life. At the time, he was the only staff person in the country, but he managed to recruit over 100 leaders and together they have reached over 14,000 kids since Young Life started in Nigeria. Tragically, Joseph Madu fell sick and after a quick illness, passed away in October 2017, leaving behind his wife and kids. The Young Life Africa family mourns his loss but trusts that they will carry on his legacy of reaching kids for Jesus. In only a short amount of time, God has grown Young Life in Nigeria exponentially as there is an average of 2,006 kids at club each week.

Our impact

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Growth (2020)
Avg. Kids at Clubs 184 443 1,289 1,666
Avg. Kids in Campaigners 0 93 195 356
Number of Ministries 2 7 10 12
National Staff 1 1 0 0
DGL 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kids & Leaders to Camp 21 324 333 310 0 N/A

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