GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF ADHERENTS OF AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION IN THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA

(percentage relative to the population of each country)

 

1900

mid-1970

mid-1975

mid-1980

projection for year 2000

COUNTRY

Adherents

%

Adherents

%

Adherents

%

Adherents

%

Adherents

%

Angola

2,953,000

99.4

1,100,250

19.4

881,920

13.9

683,500

9.5

252,400

2.0

Benin

569,200

91.8

1,790,000

66.6

1,969,400

64.1

2,170,000

61.4

3,043,200

51.4

Botswana

102,900

85.7

347,200

56.3

362,560

52.5

390,910

49.2

491,500

34.4

Burkina Faso

1,260,000

90.0

2,984,300

55.4

3,020,520

50.1

3,032,900

44.8

2,991,000

27.3

Burundi

1,007,900

99.8

839,400

25.1

716,900

19.0

580,400

13.5

252,000

3.5

Cameroon

2,479,500

94.6

1,864,000

31.9

1,688,700

26.4

1,530,900

21.6

1,229,800

10.6

Central Africa

766,950

99.6

327,300

20.3

286,800

16.0

240,000

12.0

169,400

5.0

Chad

1,088,000

64.0

978,000

26.9

998,700

24.8

1,020,400

22.8

1,218,000

17.6

Congo

526,500

97.5

79,580

6.7

76,240

5.7

73,240

4.8

75,800

2.8

Equatorial Guinea

113,500

94.6

18,813

6.6

17,400

5.6

15,600

4.6

10,000

2.0

Ethiopia

2,969,000

37.1

3,541,000

14.2

3,592,900

12.8

3,605,000

11.4

4,061,000

7.6

Gabon

259,100

92.5

17,000

3.4

16,140

3.1

15,800

2.9

12,900

2.0

Gambia

13,100

14.7

55,560

12.0

58,500

11.5

61,900

11.0

76,700

9.0

Ghana

1,987,000

90.3

2,864,000

33.2

2,690,600

27.3

2,451,400

21.4

1,177,500

5.6

Guinea

414,015

41.8

1,194,364

30.5

1,324,580

30.0

1,481,260

29.5

1,921,700

22.7

Guinea-Bisau

97,200

81.0

264,700

52.2

277,050

52.8

293,850

51.3

382,000

45.4

Ivory Coast

949,300

94.9

2,113,000

49.0

2,261,700

46.3

2,442,600

43.8

3,224,500

33.5

Kenya

2,779,700

95.8

3,158,430

28.1

3,012,060

22.7

2,972,150

18.9

3,257,000

10.5

Lesotho

271,200

88.9

137,210

13.2

100,310

8.7

80,200

6.2

61,000

3.0

Liberia

271,000

87.4

759.000

49.8

797,100

46.7

843,400

43.5

1,097,000

34.1

Madagascar

1,556,000

60.3

3,408,050

49.2

3859,780

48.1

4,390,180

47.0

7,591,000

42.7

Malawi

714,000

95.2

1,075,200

24.7

1,059,800

21.6

1,057,400

19.0

1,049,000

11.0

Mali

909,000

69.9

1,030,000

20.4

1,100,000

19.3

1,170,000

18.1

1,520,000

13.5

Mozambique

2,504,900

96,4

4,757,300

57.8

4,832,300

52.3

4,963,700

47.8

6,197,000

35.1

Namibia

129,600

91.3

33,100

5.2

28,300

4.0

27,800

3.5

26,400

2.0

Niger

500,000

54.9

545,300

13.6

578,110

12.6

615,880

11.7

742,500

7.8

Nigeria

11,824,000

73.0

5,970,000

10.8

5,024,000

8.0

4,100,000

5.6

4,047,700

3.0

Rwanda

1,068,000

99.8

1,076,900

29.3

976,360

23.2

885,200

18.2

501,000

5.8

Sao Tomé & Principe

38,750

96.9

2,000

2.7

1,920

2.4

1,790

2.1

880

1.0

Senegal

282,000

28.2

166,000

4.2

163,500

3.7

159,600

3.2

72,400

0.9

Sierra Leone

876,600

85.4

1,419,950

53.7

1,569,420

52.6

1,747,150

51.5

2,651,200

46.4

South Africa

2,793,000

57.0

3,889,210

18.1

4,189,700

17.0

4,534,400

15.9

6,519,000

13.1

Sudan

2,077,400

38.0

3,258,652

20.8

3,421,000

18.7

3,579,000

16.7

3,545,000

9.1

Swaziland

79,200

99.0

115,700

28.3

112,360

24.0

113,490

20.9

127,260

13.5

Tanzania

3,439,900

90.5

4,227,000

31.8

4,220,390

27.3

4,115,280

22.8

3,822,800

11.2

Togo

447,000

95.1

1,102,260

56.2

1,146,650

51.0

1,188,200

45.8

1,169,000

25.2

Uganda

2,416,700

91.2

2,152,300

21.9

1,962,700

17.3

1,661,000

12.6

1,208,000

5.0

Zaire

8,865,350

98.1

1,666,000

7.7

1,202,420

4.9

955,420

3.4

357,700

0.7

Zambia

748,000

99.7

1,467,200

34.2

1,535,470

30.6

1,585,700

27.0

1,758,730

15.2

Zimbabwe

479,800

96.0

2,469,000

46.5

2,729,500

43.5

3,034,300

40.5

4,440,000

29.3

Arranged by Chidi Denis Isizoh from the entries made in Barret D.B, World Christian Encyclopedia, Nairobi, 1982