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|1940 (In the decade)
||By the mid-1940s Corporal Thomas Bereford Macauley became a Bahá’í in Nigeria, the first Bahá’í in the country.
||First Bahais by country or area
||Enoch Olinga arrived in Victoria (Limbé) and was named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh for the British Cameroons. [BW13:449]
The first Cameroonian to become a Bahá’í in British Cameroon was a youth, Jacob Tabot Awo.
The first Cameroonian adult to become a Bahá’í was Enoch Ngompek of the Bassa tribe.
The first Cameroonian woman to become a Bahá’í was Esther Obeu, the wife of David Tanyi.
||Victoria (Limbe); British Cameroon; Cameroon; Nigeria
||Enoch Olinga; Knights of Bahaullah; First Bahais by country or area
||John and Audrey Robarts with their two younger children, Patrick and Tina, left Toronto for their pioneer post in Mafeking (later Mafikeng), Buchuanaland (later Botswana and formerly Bophuthatswana). Older children Aldham and Gerald pioneered to Nigeria and a homefront post respectively. [LOF485-6]
Later the same year he was appointed to the newly established Auxiliary Board by Hand of the Cause of God Músá Banání. They returned to Canada some 13 years later. [LOF486, 491]
||Canada; Botswana; Nigeria; Africa
|1965 1 Aug
||Mrs Ridván Sadeghzadeh and Mrs Parvine Djoneidi and their children arrived in Niamey, Niger, from Tihrán, the first Bahá’ís to settle in the country.
||First travel teachers and pioneers
|1965 12 Nov
||Mr Jazy Souleymane, a teacher and the first person in Niger to become a Bahá’í, enrolled.
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Nigeria was formed. [BW15:192]
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Niger was formed with its seat in Niamey. [BW16:141]
|1977 12 – 14 Aug
||An International Bahá’í Youth Conference was held in Enugu, Nigeria, attended by over 250 Bahá’ís from 19 countries. [BW17:150, 153]
||Enugu; Nigeria; Africa
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Youth
|1978 15 Jan
||The first National Bahá’í Women’s Conference of Niger took place.
||Women; Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Women; Conferences, National; First conferences
||In Niger, an announcement was made on the national radio banning ‘the Baha’ist sect and the Nineteen Day Feast’ throughout the country; immediately, all Bahá’í administrative activities were suspended and the national spiritual assembly was dissolved. [BW17:147]
Mr Djoneidi was called into police-headquarters in Niger for questioning and was held for three days; then released unharmed. Other Bahá’ís were also called in.
||Persecution, Niger; Persecution, Bans; Persecution; NSA; Mr Djoneidi
|1982 19 – 22 Aug
||A Bahá’í International Conference to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the Greatest Holy Leaf was held in Lagos, Nigeria, attended by some 1,110 Bahá’ís from 46 countries representing some 90 ethnic groups. [BW18:100; VV61]
For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW18:158–9 In the message the Universal House of Justice reported that in a little more than three decades there were 37 National Spiritual Assemblies, 4,490 Local Assemblies, 29,000 localities with believers drawn from 1,152 tribes.
For a pictorial report see BW18:144–6.
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, International; Bahiyyih Khanum (Greatest Holy Leaf); statistics
||The West African Centre for Bahá’í Studies was established in Nigeria. [BW18:167; BW19:366]
For a report of its activities see BW19:366–7.
|1988 (In the year)
||The government of Niger authorized the resumption of Bahá’í activities and Bahá’í administration under an administrative committee.
|1991 Dec 31
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Niger was given permission by the Ministry of the Interior to engage in Bahá'í activities. [BINS261:6]
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Niger was re-formed after a 14-year interruption. [CBN Jan92 p2, BINS270:5; BW92–3:119; VV121]
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- References to the Bahá'í Faith in the U.S. State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, by United States Department of State (1991). Excerpts from the State Department's annual compilation of Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on discrimination against the Baha'i Faith and persecution of its adherents in twenty countries. [about]
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