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Changes in Ecclesiastical Circumscriptions

in Nigeria

Nigeria
DateAscendingChange
1860.08.28Apostolic Vicariate of Dahomey was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Deux Guinées et Sénégambie)
1883.06.04Apostolic Vicariate of Dahomey was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Bight of Benin
1884.05.02Apostolic Prefecture of Upper Niger was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Deux Guinées)
1889.07.25Apostolic Prefecture of Lower Niger was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Bight of Benin)
1911.08.24Apostolic Prefecture of Eastern Nigeria was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Upper Niger)
1911.08.24Apostolic Prefecture of Upper Niger was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Western Nigeria (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Eastern Nigeria)
1918.08.24Apostolic Prefecture of Western Nigeria was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Western Nigeria
1920.04.16Apostolic Prefecture of Lower Niger was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Nigeria
1929.07.18Apostolic Prefecture of Eastern Nigeria was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Nigeria
1934.04.09Apostolic Prefecture of Jos was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Nigeria)
1934.04.09Apostolic Prefecture of Northern Nigeria was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Kaduna (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Jos)
1934.07.09Apostolic Prefecture of Benue was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Western Nigeria)
1934.07.09Apostolic Prefecture of Calabar was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Western Nigeria)
1934.07.09Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Nigeria was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Onitsha–Owerri
1938.03.13Apostolic Prefecture of Ogoja was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Calabar)
1943.01.12Apostolic Vicariate of Western Nigeria was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Asaba-Benin
1943.01.12Apostolic Vicariate of Bight of Benin was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Lagos (lost territory to establish Apostolic Vicariate of Ondo-Ilorin)
1943.01.12Apostolic Vicariate of Ondo-Ilorin was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Bight of Benin)
1947.06.12Apostolic Prefecture of Calabar was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Calabar
1948.02.12Apostolic Vicariate of Onitsha–Owerri was renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Onitsha (lost territory to establish Apostolic Vicariate of Owerri)
1948.02.12Apostolic Vicariate of Owerri was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Onitsha–Owerri)
1949.03.03Apostolic Prefecture of Oyo was established (from Apostolic Vicariate of Lagos)
1950.04.18Apostolic Vicariate of Asaba-Benin was promoted as Diocese of Benin City
1950.04.18Apostolic Vicariate of Calabar was promoted as Diocese of Calabar
1950.04.18Apostolic Vicariate of Lagos was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lagos
1950.04.18Apostolic Vicariate of Ondo-Ilorin was promoted as Diocese of Ondo
1950.04.18Apostolic Vicariate of Onitsha was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Onitsha
1950.04.18Apostolic Prefecture of Benue was renamed as Apostolic Prefecture of Oturkpo
1950.04.18Apostolic Vicariate of Owerri was promoted as Diocese of Owerri
1950.07.14Apostolic Prefecture of Yola was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Jos, Diocese of Buéa and Apostolic Prefecture of Oturkpo)
1952.03.13Apostolic Prefecture of Ibadan was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lagos)
1953.06.29Apostolic Prefecture of Jos was promoted as Diocese of Jos (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Maiduguri)
1953.06.29Apostolic Prefecture of Kaduna was promoted as Diocese of Kaduna (lost territory to establish Apostolic Prefecture of Sokoto)
1953.06.29Apostolic Prefecture of Maiduguri was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Jos)
1953.06.29Apostolic Prefecture of Sokoto was established (from Apostolic Prefecture of Kaduna)
1955.01.01Apostolic Prefecture of Ogoja was promoted as Diocese of Ogoja
1955.02.21Apostolic Prefecture of Kabba was established (from Diocese of Benin City, Diocese of Kaduna and Apostolic Prefecture of Oturkpo)
1958.04.28Apostolic Prefecture of Ibadan was promoted as Diocese of Ibadan
1958.06.23Diocese of Umuahia was established (from Diocese of Owerri)
1959.04.02Apostolic Prefecture of Oturkpo was promoted as Diocese of Oturkpo
1959.07.16Diocese of Kaduna was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaduna
1960.01.20Apostolic Prefecture of Ilorin was established (from Diocese of Ondo)
1960.06.28Diocese of Oturkpo was renamed as Diocese of Makurdi
1961.05.16Diocese of Port Harcourt was established (from Diocese of Owerri)
1962.07.02Apostolic Prefecture of Yola was promoted as Diocese of Yola
1962.11.12Diocese of Enugu was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Onitsha)
1963.01.18Apostolic Prefecture of Oyo was promoted as Diocese of Oyo
1963.03.01Diocese of Ikot Ekpene was established (from Diocese of Calabar)
1964.03.10Diocese of Warri was established (from Diocese of Benin City)
1964.06.16Apostolic Prefecture of Sokoto was promoted as Diocese of Sokoto
1964.07.06Apostolic Prefecture of Kabba was promoted as Diocese of Kabba
1964.11.09Apostolic Prefecture of Minna was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaduna)
1965.05.05Diocese of Kabba was renamed as Diocese of Lokoja
1966.06.07Apostolic Prefecture of Maiduguri was promoted as Diocese of Maiduguri
1968.09.26Apostolic Prefecture of Idah was established (from Diocese of Lokoja)
1969.05.29Diocese of Ijebu-Ode was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lagos)
1969.05.29Apostolic Prefecture of Ilorin was promoted as Diocese of Ilorin
1972.07.30Diocese of Ado-Ekiti was established (from Diocese of Ondo)
1972.12.11Diocese of Ado-Ekiti was renamed as Diocese of Ekiti
1973.03.01Diocese of Abakaliki was established (from Diocese of Ogoja)
1973.07.05Diocese of Issele-Uku was established (from Diocese of Benin City)
1973.09.17Apostolic Prefecture of Minna was promoted as Diocese of Minna
1977.11.10Diocese of Awka was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Onitsha)
1977.12.17Apostolic Prefecture of Idah was promoted as Diocese of Idah
1980.11.29Diocese of Orlu was established (from Diocese of Owerri)
1981.01.24Diocese of Okigwe was established (from Diocese of Umuahia)
1981.11.06Mission sui juris of Abuja was established (from Diocese of Minna)
1987.11.18Diocese of Ahiara was established (from Diocese of Owerri)
1989.06.19Mission sui juris of Abuja was promoted as Diocese of Abuja
1989.07.04Diocese of Uyo was established (from Diocese of Calabar)
1990.04.02Diocese of Aba was established (from Diocese of Umuahia)
1990.11.19Diocese of Nsukka was established (from Diocese of Enugu)
1991.03.17Mission sui juris of Bomadi was established (from Diocese of Port Harcourt and Diocese of Warri)
1991.03.22Mission sui juris of Kano was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaduna)
1994.03.26Diocese of Abuja was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Abuja
1994.03.26Diocese of Benin City was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Benin City
1994.03.26Diocese of Calabar was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Calabar
1994.03.26Diocese of Ibadan was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Ibadan
1994.03.26Diocese of Jos was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos
1994.03.26Diocese of Owerri was promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Owerri
1995.02.03Diocese of Jalingo was established (from Diocese of Yola)
1995.03.03Diocese of Osogbo was established (from Diocese of Oyo)
1995.07.10Diocese of Kafanchan was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaduna)
1995.07.10Diocese of Otukpo was established (from Diocese of Makurdi)
1995.12.15Mission sui juris of Kano was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Kano
1995.12.15Apostolic Prefecture of Kontagora was established (from Diocese of Ilorin, Diocese of Minna and Diocese of Sokoto)
1996.07.05Apostolic Vicariate of Bauchi was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos)
1996.12.15Mission sui juris of Bomadi was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Bomadi
1997.10.24Diocese of Abeokuta was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lagos)
1999.06.22Apostolic Vicariate of Kano was promoted as Diocese of Kano
2000.12.05Diocese of Lafia was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos and Diocese of Makurdi)
2000.12.05Diocese of Zaria was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kaduna)
2001.11.09Diocese of Nnewi was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Onitsha)
2002.04.30Apostolic Prefecture of Kontagora was promoted as Apostolic Vicariate of Kontagora
2002.11.06Diocese of Auchi was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Benin City)
2003.12.12Apostolic Vicariate of Bauchi was promoted as Diocese of Bauchi
2005.07.08Diocese of Awgu was established (from Diocese of Enugu)
2005.12.14Diocese of Uromi was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Benin City)
2007.06.02Diocese of Shendam was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos)
2012.12.29Diocese of Gboko was established (from Diocese of Makurdi)
2012.12.29Diocese of Katsina-Ala was established (from Diocese of Makurdi)
2014.01.13Apostolic Exarchate of Western and Central Africa (Maronite Rite) was established
2014.03.18Diocese of Pankshin was established (from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Jos and Diocese of Shendam)
2017.09.21Apostolic Vicariate of Bomadi was promoted as Diocese of Bomadi
2018.02.28Apostolic Exarchate of Western and Central Africa (Maronite Rite) was promoted as Diocese of Annunciation of Ibadan
2020.03.05Diocese of Ekwulobia was established (from Diocese of Awka)
2020.04.02Apostolic Vicariate of Kontagora was promoted as Diocese of Kontagora

as of 2020.07.31

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