Africa is home to the world’s most committed Christians and these countries have them all


by Francis Akhalbey, at 02:00 pm, January 23, 2019
There’s no doubt Christianity is one of the most widely practiced religions in Africa.

Over the centuries since colonial masters introduced the Western European form of Christianity to Africa, it has been embraced by Africans all over the continent.

Though the religion’s influence, as well as the level of commitment, differs across continents, Africa has one of the highest levels of committed and devout Christians. This comes as no surprise as this always manifests in the way of life and behaviours of worshippers on the continent.

Before sharing the metrics for Africa, let’s analyze the commitment levels of Christians in some popular countries outside Africa.

In a research conducted by the Pew Research Center, which analyzed 84 countries that have large Christian inhabitants, believers in the following non-African countries admit Christianity is very important in their lives:

North America
United States: 68%
Canada: 39%
Mexico: 48%

Christians in Latin America, according to the research, are also as religious as their African counterparts. Take a look at the figures below:
Brazil: 77%
Argentina: 48%
Chile: 48%
Bolivia: 73%
Peru: 74%
Ecuador: 80%
Colombia: 80%
Honduras: 94%

In Africa, the sub-Saharan region has the highest level of committed Christians. Below is a detailed infographic of the results from the study:

Source: Pew Research Center Surveys

Below is the ranking of African countries with the most committed Christians as highlighted by the report:
Ethiopia: 98%
Ghana: 89%
Nigeria: 82%
South Africa: 72%
Egypt:  50%


1 reply

  1. Well, I need to add something here:

    In Ghana I used to go to our company’s beach hut on the weekend. It was interesting to see that usually the villagers would all together pull in a fishing net every time I was there. Once for a couple of weekends there was no fishing activity. I asked one local, who used to come around and try to preach me Christianity, why there was no fishing. His answer was: ‘The fetish priest said that the gods of the sea are angry with us’. I queried him that why he was bothering what a fetish priest was saying, as he seemed to be a good Christian. He answered: ‘you know. The Christian God will reward or punish us in the next world, but the gods of the sea will punish us immediately’. Ah well …

    and another African man, who used to quote the bible to me a lot: We were talking about families and I asked him how many children he had. He answered ’18’. I commented that this is a bit much for one wife and he answered: ‘I have three’. When querying him how as a Christian he managed to marry three wives, he answered: ‘ I married one in the Church and the other two according to African tradition, I am African after all !’ Ah well…


    From my ‘African experience’ my impression was that African Christians need to ‘mix’ their religion a bit to survive while Islam – Alhamdolillah, is much closer to African reality (and every one else’s reality too).

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