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Sindhis were the first to arrive in Nigeria in the early part of the nineteenth century. Initially, they were primarily engaged in trading. But gradually, while still retaining their interest in trading, they also ventured in to other fields like manufacturing and professional services. In succeeding decades, they made substantial investments in Nigeria, aggregating more than US$ 4 billion. In this way, they engaged themselves actively in the textiles sector, as well as in pharmaceuticals, fishing and various engineering industries.
Hindus of Indian origin in Nigeria
The Government of Nigeria follows a liberal and non-discriminatory policy in the grant of citizenship to resident foreign nationals. It is not surprising, therefore, that there are as many as 8,000 Nigerians of Indian origin in the country.
Starting from the 1970s, the Nigerian government and several private sector agencies began to hire a large number of Indian doctors, teachers, engineers and other professionals. Towards the end of the 1980s, many of the Indian experts decided to return to India when, with the substantial reduction in the country’s oil revenues, the country began to face severe economic problems. In spite of this, there are still as many as 17,000 Indian expatriates in Nigeria.
Hindus of Nigerian origin
Some Nigerians have converted to Hinduism mainly due to efforts of ISKCON Missionaries.
Sai Organisation in Nigeria
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A central meeting place named as Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centre was first built in Ibadan and registered as a non-profit making spiritual organization in Nigeria. The site was leased for 99 years on April 19 with funding from various donors.
- ↑ NRI
- ↑ http://www.wwrn.org/article.php?idd=5544&sec=28&cont=3 Day Hare Krishna Came to Town
- African Hindu Council Mobilizes
- There is a strong Indian community of about 25,000-30,000 in Nigeria
- Indian Diaspora in Africa/ Nigeria
- Sai Service Organisation in Nigeria