Nigeria reports that it is Committed to raising mobile broadband from 20% to 50% by 2020. If successful, this will give over half of Nigerians (and even more Nigerian households) access to Internet-based evangelistic and discipleship material (and, of course, all the rest the Internet has to offer–for good or bad). Remember this is mobile broadband subscriptions, so it can feasibly be half the country! That’s important because Nigeria and Nigerians form a substantial portion of Africans: 186 million Nigerians are part of 1.2 billion Africans, or more than 1 in 10. And, they are over half of the 362 million in West Africa. Nigerians can be both a substantial mission field and a substantial mission force.
In fact, by 2020, over 40% of the estimated 1.6 billion new smartphone connections likely to be made will be in just four countries: Nigeria, China, India, Indonesia and Pakistan. It’s really not very surprising given the populations and still-low smartphone penetration rates of these countries. But what’s important: these 5 countries are among the largest less-evangelized countries (Nigeria being an exception, and China being a sort-of exception).
40% of 1.6 billion is over 600 million new Internet connections! That’s almost double the population of the United States and nearly equal the population of Europe – and all in majority-nonChristian, heavily unevangelized countries. This will be another major opportunity for Gospel resources to ‘make contact.’