Aba Nigeria Temple
121st dedicated temple in operation
Off Aba-Owerri Road at Union Bank
Aba, Abia State
Telephone: (+234) 80-3903-4804
ServicesNO clothing rental available
NO cafeteria food served
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby (Store Locator)
Announcement:2 April 2000
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:23 February 2002 by H. Bruce Stucki
Public Open House:18 June–2 July 2005
Dedication:7 August 2005 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site:6.3 acres | 2.5 hectares
Exterior Finish:Namibian pearl granite
Architectural Features:Single attached spire with an angel Moroni statue
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms (two-stage progressive), two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:11,500 square feet | 3,505 square meters
The highly visible site of the Aba Nigeria Temple is situated on the outskirts of Aba, north of the Ogbor River. A concrete bridge—constructed by the Church—spans the river, granting access to the temple complex, which includes a stake center and an administration office building with guest rooms.
The Aba Nigeria Temple was the first temple built in Nigeria, the second built in West Africa, and the third built in Africa, following the Johannesburg South Africa Temple (1985) and Accra Ghana Temple (2004).
President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Aba Nigeria Temple during a worldwide tour that included visits to Anchorage, Alaska; Vladivostok, Russia; Seoul, South Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong, China; New Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and finally Aba, Nigeria. His first view of the temple was from a helicopter in a flyover of the site.