Anglophone Africa

Twenty-three countries in Africa list English as an official language, the remains of a shared colonial history. Another two, Ethiopia and Eritrea, use English widely in government and education. Geographically, culturally, and religiously diverse, Anglophone African nations span the continent from Kenya and Tanzania in the east to Sierra Leone and Liberia in the west to South Africa and Botswana in the south.

In some countries, like Kenya and Zambia, the Church has grown rapidly over the last century, with Christians now representing a substantial majority. In countries like Nigeria, the population is more evenly divided between Christians and Muslims. In a small number of English-speaking nations, like Sierra Leone and Sudan, Islam is the dominant religion.

Even as several countries in Anglophone Africa have experienced economic growth, perennial challenges related to poverty, government corruption, political instability, and ethnic and religious conflict persist. Climate change adds another challenge, as 150 million people, especially in Somalia and South Sudan, endure a historic drought in the Horn of Africa. Although Ethiopia had one of the world’s fastest growing economies before 2019, the pandemic, civil war in the north, drought, and conflict in Ukraine have driven inflation to over 30% and left one-sixth of the population vulnerable to hunger.

Especially in areas where Christianity is strong, the Church holds potential for significant influence. As the Church has grown, so also have theological schools. Hundreds of schools in the region provide pastoral training. More than a dozen Evangelical schools now offer PhD programs.

Through the Vital Sustainability Initiative, Scholar Leaders has collaborated with 13 Anglophone African seminaries in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Nigeria. In 2019, Scholar Leaders recognized Dr. Emiola Nihinlola’s exceptional leadership as President of Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary in Obgomosho with the Scholar Leader of the Year Award. This year, Dr. Sunday Agang received the 2023 Scholar Leader of the Year Award for his integrative vision as President of Jos ECWA Theological Seminary in Nigeria. Through Leader Studies, Scholar Leaders has supported 87 scholars for doctoral work from 14 Anglophone African countries, including 11 currently from Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda.

We invite you to learn more about the Church in Anglophone Africa through these Global Insights:

Join us in prayer for our Anglophone African sisters and brothers in Christ as they witness to the Lord, minister to their communities, and guide the Church’s response to contextual challenges, including ethnoreligious violence, political corruption, economic hardship, urbanization, and syncretism.

Photo: Church of Saint George in Lalibela, Ethiopia (2019) by Mulugeta Wolde  (Unsplash)

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Emmanuel Mukeshimana from Rwanda

Pray for peace in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, and Eastern Democratic Republic). This region has been the territory of unending conflicts. Pray that people in East Africa will be able to move freely and that refugees will be able to return home.

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David Kasali in the Democratic Republic of Congo

We ask for your intercession on behalf of Beni. Our town has been brutally attacked twice in six days. The armed group that has been killing civilians in the Beni territory since 2014 has made incursions into the town of Beni and into our neighboring town of Oicha, killing over 75 of the most vulnerable inhabitants over the last three weeks. On November 24, one of the members of our contractor’s construction crew, the son of one of our campus guards, was killed in his neighborhood near our main campus.

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Dieudonné Djoubairou in Cameroon

Cameroon is a Central African country with ten regions. There is an English-speaking Cameroon and a French-speaking Cameroon. In the past few years, there have been social and political crises in the Northwest and Southwest between the Ambazonian separatists and the government, and in the Far North because of the Islamist Boko Haram. These crises seriously affect peace in our country and the Church has suffered seriously. Churches are closed and pastors have run away. People live in very bad conditions.

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