Nuns in Remote Parts of Nigeria Receive Boost from International Charity Organization

Members of the congregation of Our Lady Star of the Sea working in Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Bomadi

Members of the Congregation of Our Lady Star of the Sea serving in Nigeria’s Apostolic Vicariate of Bomadi situated South of the West African country have received a financial boost from the international charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International to continue their apostolate in the mission characterized with hardship.

In a Thursday, February 4 report, the leadership of ACN notes that unlike in the North of Nigeria where Islamists continue to wreak havoc against Christians, Islam does not play any significant role in this area.

A majority of the population still follow traditional African religions, “although many people are very open to the Good News of the Gospel, which is helping to liberate them from their fear of evil spirits and witchcraft,” ACN leadership says in reference to the Apostolic Vicariate of Bomadi in Nigeria.

The work of evangelizers is, however, not easy in the area that is characterized with extreme levels of poverty, the leadership of the Pontifical charity organization, which reaches out to evangelizers working in areas of extreme suffering notes.

“This is a region of deep poverty, with very little infrastructure, such as roads, and little access to clean drinking water, basic medical care or electricity,” says the leadership of ACN, adding that given the myriad of different waterways in the Niger Delta where the Vicariate is located, many of the villages can only be reached by river.


Most of the people in the remote part of Niger Delta rely on subsistence farming with which they sustain their “meagre living” and supplement this with fishing.

In the February 4 report obtained by ACI Africa, ACN leadership notes that despite the massive oil reserves in the region, ordinary people have gained little or nothing from the oil exploitation and production.

“On the contrary, the oil production has caused extensive pollution of the waterways and the people have to live with the consequences,” the leadership of the charity organization says, and adds, “Infant mortality is higher here than in other regions of the country.”

The work of the members of Our Lady Star of the Sea in the region is “bringing great blessings” to the people, ACN leadership notes, adding, the Sisters “teach the children and help the poorest families in their need.”

Unfortunately, many of the Sisters who come from other regions of Nigeria are fearful of travelling by boat to the remote villages, having no experience of the waterways.

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Some of the Sisters, unable to swim, find it difficult to access the areas in places where water is the only mode of transport.

And as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sisters of the Congregation formed in 2012 in the Nigerian Vicariate are struggling to serve the people owing to lack of finances.

Many of the Sisters who formerly taught in the schools now no longer receive any wages, the leadership of the Pontifical charity says in the report, adding that the salaries were previously the principal source of income for the members of Our Lady Star of the Sea.

“Now they barely have enough for their own daily needs, while at the same time their expenses are rising, since they also have to purchase disinfectants and personal protective equipment in order to prevent the spread of the virus and enable them to continue working among the people while at the same time protecting themselves and others,” ACN leadership says, announcing a 5,500-Euro donation to support the life and ministry of the Sisters of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Nigeria’s Apostolic Vicariate of Bomadi.

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.