Benin City Nigeria Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; groundbreaking not announced
Announcement:5 April 2020
Site:2.17 acres | 0.9 hectares
Ordinance Rooms:Two instruction rooms, two sealing rooms, and one baptistry
Total Floor Area:30,700 square feet | 2,852 square meters
Elevation:258 feet | 79 meters
The Benin City Nigeria Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Benin City Nigeria Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
On September 11, 2023, the location of the Benin City Nigeria Temple was announced as a 2.17-acre site located at 16 Commercial Avenue in Benin City. Plans call for a two-story temple of approximately 30,700 square feet with an arrival center and patron housing.1
Nigeria's third temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson on April 5, 2020, at the concluding session of the 190th Annual General Conference. Church membership in Nigeria has grown at a steady pace since the first Nigerians were baptized in 1978. There are now more than 175,000 Latter-day Saints and approximately 650 congregations. Members in Benin City currently attend the Aba Nigeria Temple, which is located over 180 miles (300 km) away over roads that can be difficult to travel.2
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Two Temple Sites in Nigeria Announced," 11 Sept. 2023.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Prophet Announces Eight New Temples at General Conference," 5 Apr. 2020.