Jehovah’s Witnesses in Nigeria have opened a historical museum to document the 100 years of the work of the witnesses in the country.
The museum is also to document the extraordinary story of ordinary Nigerians and foreigners including men, women and children, whose acts of faith laid the foundation for the thriving activities of over 400,000 witnesses in the country.
The spokesman for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Olusegun Eroyemi, in a statement, said the museum located in the Igieduma village, Edo State, depicted the various influences of non-witness actors that impacted the spread of their activities positively and negatively.
He explained that the history of the Witnesses in Nigeria began with the arrival of Claude Brown, also known as Bible Brown, in 1921, adding that the Museum showed that Witnesses first established a branch office and started their evangelical ministry in the country the same year.
Eroyemi said, “Jehovah’s Witnesses recently opened a historical museum in Igieduma village, Edo State. The Museum project tagged, 100 Years of Courage, documents the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who were involved in the establishment of their preaching and community development activities in Nigeria since 1921.
“Nigeria is a diverse country with a rich cultural and historical heritage. The people making up the country have various social, religious and cultural experiences dating back several centuries. The advent of Christianity, with its increasingly various denominations, ushered in a new era in the history of the people making up Nigeria.
“Jehovah’s Witnesses make up a significant part of the Christian populace of Nigeria. While the COVID-19 pandemic raged, this museum project was launched at the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Igieduma village, Edo State. The project documents the 100 years of the work of the witnesses in Nigeria, and the extraordinary story of ordinary Nigerians and foreigners, men, women and children, whose acts of faith laid the foundation for the thriving activities of over 400,000 witnesses in Nigeria.”