A recent study published by Pew Research reveals that Africa is home to about 500 million Christians or about 24% of the world’s Christian population. Nigeria is number one within Africa with an estimated 80 million Christians and in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, a whooping 95% of the population is Christian.
According to Pew “The majority of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa are Protestant (57%), as broadly defined in this report; this includes members of African Independent Churches and Anglicans. About one-in-three Christians in the region (34%) are Catholic. Orthodox Christians account for about 8% of the region’s Christians, and other Christians make up the remaining 1%.”
Interestingly, Christianity has declined in the traditional homes of Christianity- Europe and America. The proportion of Europeans and Americans who are Christian has “dropped from 95% in 1910 to 76% in 2010 in Europe as a whole, and from 96% to 86% in the Americas as a whole.”