Bible Society of Nigeria

The Bible Society of Nigeria (abbreviated BSN) is a Christian non-governmental and not for profit organization in Nigeria that translates, publishes and distributes Bibles in English and several local Nigerian languages .[1][2][3][4] It was established on 8 February 1966, building on earlier work by the British and Foreign Bible Society, the American Bible Society, and the Scottish Bible Society, which translated and published the Bible in the Efik language in 1868.[5] Pastor Samuel Adesola Sanusi is the current General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Bible Society of Nigeria.

Bible Society of Nigeria (Bible Society)
TypeNon-governmental organization
PurposeBible distribution, translation, advocacy, literacy, engagement, production
HeadquartersApapa, Lagos
Region served
Bishop Dr. Olubunmi Timothy Banwo
General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
Pastor Samuel Adesola Sanusi

History edit

The Bible Society of Nigeria was founded on 8 February 1966 through the pioneering efforts of the late Dr. Francis Ezeogo Akanu Ibiam, the first indigenous Governor of the defunct Eastern Region. Earlier in February, 1965, Dr. Ibiam had initiated a consultation with representatives of most of the Churches [Church organizations] in Nigeria on the need to form a national Bible Society in Nigeria. It was the unanimous decision of that meeting that The Bible Society of Nigeria be formed which consequently led to its formation and inauguration on 8 February 1966. Before 1966, The Society was under the supervision of the British and Foreign Bible Society [BFBS] which had operated in Nigeria as far back as 1807. Then the Bible House, Apapa was serving as a distribution centre to other neighbouring West African countries.

The Society Today edit

The society has it headquarters at Office Address 18, Wharf Road, Apapa, Lagos State, Nigeria. Its corporate office is located at 150, Ikorodu Road, Onipanu, Lagos State, Nigeria. It has Bible Distribution centres in other Nigerian cities:

  • ABUJA: 23, Ndola Crescent, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja.
  • LAGOS II: 7, Boladale Street, Opposite Mr. Biggs Oshodi.
  • ABA: The Bible Society of Nigeria, St. Michael’s Cathedral, St. Michael’s Road, Aba.
  • JOS: The Bible Society of Nigeria, 53, Tafawa Balewa Road, Jos.
  • IBADAN: Plot 7A, Trinity Avenue, Educational Estate Samonda, Ibadan.[6]

Translation Projects edit

The organization has translated the Bible into 26 Nigerian Languages.[7][8]

Among the twenty-six (26) different languages the Bible has been translated are:

  • Kalabari,
  • Okrika,
  • Isoko,
  • Igala,
  • Igede,
  • Ebira,
  • Yoruba,
  • Efik,
  • Igbo,
  • Hausa,
  • Nupe,
  • Khana,
  • Urhobo,
  • Fulfude,
  • Bokyi,
  • Edo,
  • Tiv,


Guest Houses edit

The Bible Society of Nigeria has three guest houses located in three Nigerian cities (Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja).[11]

References edit

  1. ^ Abiaziem, Chinyere. "BSN Marks Bible Week, Seeks Prayers For Nigeria". Independent. Ogba, Ikeja, Nigeria. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Bible Society of Nigeria's board meeting". Punch. Nigeria. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The Light from Zion Shines over Nigeria". Breaking Israel News. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ "What we do". Bible Society of Nigeria.
  5. ^ "BSN @ 52: Nigeria would have been on fire if…. —Ajiboye". Vanguard. 11 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Contact Us". Bible Society of Nigeria. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  7. ^ Latona, Olayinka (1 April 2018). "BSN unveils Kalabari, Okrika bibles". Vanguard News. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  8. ^ "We secure Nigerian languages through Bible translation — BSN boss". Vanguard News. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  9. ^ "BSN Completes Translation of Bible in 24 Nigerian Languages". THISDAYLIVE. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Bible now in 24 Nigerian languages". The Sun Nigeria. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  11. ^ "About Us – Bible Guest House – Research and Development Center". Retrieved 1 November 2019.

External links edit

Official website