Benin City (or maybe Lagos) Nigeria Temple
Geoff: Nigeria currently has one small temple in Aba, down in the southeast of the country. There are now 70 stakes and districts in Nigeria, and Benin City is practically smothered in wards.
The only knock against Benin City is it is slightly closer to Aba than, say, Lagos, but it’s also more centrally located than the latter, which is close to the border with Benin (the country, not the city).
Lagos, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, with 16 million people in the metropolitan area and a fair chunk of Latter-day Saints, falls neatly in the middle of a gap zone on the radial circles on our main map. Lagos is also bonkers and dealing with the woes of rapid growth.
Either way, do not be shocked if Nigeria gets a second temple this conference. Every indicator is pointing towards it. It’s just a matter of which location and when. A year ago we said, “If not now, then in April 2018.” Well here we are!
Joe: I definitely think West Africa is in the hot seat for another temple. And Lagos is definitely the more prominent city, but there are also a lot of stakes in Benin City, so I’m with you on this one. It’s a solid guess. Benin City this year, Lagos next? 😉