- Hinduism in Nigeria
Hinduism spread to
Nigeriamainly by immigration of Hindus from Indiaand by way of Hare Krishna missionaries. Sindhiswere the first to arrive in Nigeria in the early part of the nineteenth century. Initially, they were primarily engaged in trading. But gradually, while still retaining their interest in trading, they also ventured in to other fields like manufacturing and professional services. In succeeding decades, they made substantial investments in Nigeria, aggregating more than US$ 4 billion. In this way, they engaged themselves actively in the textiles sector, as well as in pharmaceuticals, fishing and various engineering industries.
Hindus of Indian origin in Nigeria
Government of Nigeriafollows a liberal and non-discriminatory policy in the grant of citizenship to resident foreign nationals. It is not surprising, therefore, that there are as many as 8,000 Nigerians of Indian origin in the country.
Starting from the 1970s, the Nigerian government and several private sector agencies began to hire a large number of Indian doctors, teachers, engineers and other professionals. Towards the end of the 1980s, many of the Indian experts decided to return to India when, with the substantial reduction in the country’s oil revenues, the country began to face severe economic problems. In spite of this, there are still as many as 17,000 Indian
expatriates in Nigeria.
Altogether, including Nigerians of Indian origin and expatriates, there are 25,000 Hindus in Nigeria. Most are resident in
Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria [ [http://indiandiaspora.nic.in/diasporapdf/chapter8.pdf NRI ] ]
Hindus of Nigerian origin
Some Nigerians have converted to Hinduism mainly due to efforts of
ISKCON inaugurated the
VedicWelfare Complex in Apapa, Lagos, launched by the Hare Krishna group in Nigeria. [http://www.wwrn.org/article.php?idd=5544&sec=28&cont=3 Day Hare Krishna Came to Town]
ai Organisation in Nigeria
Sri Sathya Sai Seva(Service) Organization was originally established in 1972 as a public charitable trust to carry out the mission of Baba: providing drinking water, medicine and education to everyone free of charge.
A central meeting place named as
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centrewas first built in Ibadanand registered as a non-profit making spiritual organization in Nigeria. The site was leased for 99 years on April 19 with funding from various donors.
Lagos, the Sai activities were started in a private house on Victoria Island.
* [http://www.hinduismtoday.com/archives/2004/7-9/06-08_diaspora.shtml African Hindu Council Mobilizes]
* [http://www.indiainbusiness.nic.in/commercial-relation/nigeria.htm There is a strong Indian community of about 25,000-30,000 in Nigeria]
* [http://indiandiaspora.nic.in/diasporapdf/chapter8.pdf Indian Diaspora in Africa/ Nigeria]
* [http://www.sathyasainigeria.org/ Sai Service Organisation in Nigeria]
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