Aba Nigeria Temple

Aba Nigeria Temple at dusk

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I’m changing up my style. Actually, I’m experimenting with lighting AND how to keep render times at a reasonable length. Render times get incredibly high with both high detail and multiple lights.



Forest Robin · Stiphrornis erythrothorax
Brian Cox, XC241441. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/241441.


Modeled: 2.66
Render: Cycles

Whole Scene

Vertices: 25,581
Faces: 20,844
Objects: 243
File Size: 4.8

Temple Only

Vertices: 22,237
Faces: 19,190
Objects: 57
File Size: 4.1

Original Video


There are a few issues with this model. Most of them stem from the fact that there is so little in the way of reference for this temple. I don’t have the engraving, and I did a poor job picking out and texturing trees. Next model will have to be better.




Modeled: 2.66
Render: Cycles

Whole Scene

Vertices: 25,581
Faces: 20,844
Objects: 243
File Size: 4.8

Temple Only

Vertices: 22,237
Faces: 19,190
Objects: 57
File Size: 4.1


Aba Nigeria Temple Wiki


The Aba Nigeria Temple is the 121st operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This temple was built in Aba, in the state of Abia, to serve the nation’s 68,000 members. This was the third temple to be built in Africa. The highly visible temple site is 6.3 acres (25,000 m2) on the outskirts of Aba along the Ogbor River. A bridge had to be built over the river to provide access to the temple.



President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the Aba Nigeria Temple on 2 April 2000, at the end of the Sunday afternoon Session of the 170th Annual General Conference. Others were announced at Asunción Paraguay, Helsinki Finland, Lubbock Texas, Snowflake Arizona, and the Tri-Cities area of the state of Washington (Later Designated the Columbia River Washington Temple.)[1]


Ground was broken on 23 February 2002 by Elder H. Bruce Stucki of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. More than 2,000 people were in attendance. Visitors included church leaders and members, tribal chiefs from the area, and government leaders. [2]

Open House

An open house was held for 13 days from 18 June to 2 July 2005 (not open Sundays. ) 25,095 people toured the temple during this time, an average of 1,930 per day.[3][4]

Cultural Celebration

There was a Cultural Celebration on 6 August 2005, the day before the temple was dedicated. The Celebration was titled “Day of Rejoicing.” It was held on the temple grounds and featured 1,500 performers from 15 stakes.[5]


President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Aba Nigeria Temple on 7 August 2005. 7,415 people attended the 4 dedicatory sessions, an average of 1,854 per session.[6]

Dedication Order

The Aba Temple was the 121st active temple built in the world. It was the first temple built in Nigeria and the third built in Africa, following the Johannesburg South Africa Temple (1985) and Accra Ghana Temple (2004).

At the time of its dedication there were 5 temples under construction and 5 temples that had been announced and awaiting groundbreaking and no temples undergoing renovation.

Under Construction Groundbreaking Pending Undergoing Remodel
Helsinki Finland Panama City Panama
Newport Beach California Twin Falls Idaho
Sacramento California Draper Utah
Curitiba Brazil Harrison New York
Rexburg Idaho Kyiv Ukraine


The temple was closed in mid-June 2009 because of violence in the Aba area.[7][8]In an e-mail to the Ogden Standard-Examiner a Nigeria temple worker reported an incident in which four gunmen were seen carrying AK-47s, with shooting reported in the area around the temple. Bullets from the shooting struck the guardhouse on the temple grounds.[8]

Additionally, the city of Aba and its Nigerian state of Abia had seen a marked increase in reported kidnappings, including the 2007 kidnapping of four missionaries near Port Harcourt.[8]

Though the temple was not specifically targeted, safety was a a concern. LDS Church spokesman Scott Trotter said, “The safety of our temple visitors and workers is always our first concern. Incidents of violence in recent months in the area where the temple is situated are not necessarily related to the temple but could put church members at risk.”[7]


In 2010, Alexander A. Odume was called as president of the Aba Nigeria Temple, the first Nigerian to serve as temple president. Under his guidance the temple opened on the basis of when people were scheduling ordinance work. By late 2011 the temple had resumed regular operations.


John Edafe Kosin[9] 2016 – Current
John Ahuama Ihenkoro[10] 2013 – 2016
Alaxander A. Odume[11] 2010 – 2013
Douglas Max Robinson[12] 2009 – 2010
Blaine Taylor Harper[13] 2007 – 2009
Jerry Valient Kirk[14] 2004 – 2007


The highly visible site of the Aba Nigeria Temple is situated on the outskirts of Aba, north of the Ogbor River. A concrete bridge—constructed by the Church—spans the river, granting access to the temple complex, which includes a stake center and an administration office building with guest rooms.



The exterior of the temple is done in 2 tones of Namibian Pearl granite, mined in South Africa similar to the sample below.


The windows at the Aba Nigeria temple are tall skinny windows with 3 panes. The windows are arranged in sets of 3, 8 sets in all. The glass in the windows is Stained lead glass with white trim.

From Outside

From Outside

From Inside

From Inside

The design of the windows is unique to the 2nd generation small temple design, but a similar pattern was used in the windows for the Accra Ghana temple.



There are two inscriptions on the Aba Nigeria Temple. The first is at the bottom level of the spire, Facing North North West. It is engraved in english and painted black.

The second is on the east most fage of the temple, facing East North East above the Celestial Room Windows. It is engraved in english and painted black.


The cornerstone of the Aba Temple is on the south east corner, facing east.

Spires and Moroni


The single spire is a typical small temple spire, inline with the main entrance, and consisting of 4 levels of progressively smaller and taller cubes.


Sculptor Karl Quilter
Version 1982 Shorter closed left fist and tight sleeves
Placed 23 February 2004
Faces East North East


The Aba Nigeria Temple has a total floor area of 11,500 square feet (1,070 m2), two ordinance rooms, and two sealing rooms.

Project Manager

Manager Russ Tanner
Also Did Accra ghana, Oquirrh Mountain
Architects Adeniyi Coker Consultants Limited Architects[15]
Contractor Marlum Nigeria Ltd.

Sources and Links

External links

Additional Articles


  1. [1]Hinckley, Gordon B., “A Time of New Beginnings”, LDS.org, 2 April 2000. Accessed 11 November 2014.
  2. [2]Noorda, Norman and Sharon, “Nigerian Members Gather for Groundbreaking”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 9 March 2002, Accessed 29 August 2016.
  3. [3]Whisenant, Vern and Donna “Heavenly”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 9 July 2005, Accessed 29 August 2016.
  4. [4]Whisenant, Vern and Donna, “Temple Doors Open” ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 25 June 2005. Accessed 11 November 2014.
  5. [5]“‘Day of Rejoicing’”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 13 August 2005. Accessed 11 November 2014.
  6. [6]Heaps, Julie D., “Nigerian Temple to Bring a Healing”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 13 August 2005. Accessed 11 November 2014.
  7. [7]Stack, Peggy Fletcher “Violence forces closure of Nigeria’s LDS temple”, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 August 2009. Accessed 16 October 2012
  8. [8]Taylor, Scott, “Violence forces closure of LDS Nigeria temple”, Deseret News, August 27, 2009. Accessed 16 October 2012
  9. [9]“New Temple Presidents.” deseretnews.com.com, 20 July 2013. Accessed 29 August 2016
  10. [10]“New Temple Presidents.” ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 20 July 2013. Accessed 12 November 2014
  11. [11]“New Temple President.”,  ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 20 February 2010. Accessed 11 November 2014.
  12. [12]“New Temple Presidents”, ldschurchnewsarchive.com, 27 June 2009. Accessed 11 November 2014
  13. [13]“New Temple Presidents.”  ldschurchnewsarchive.com,4 August 2007. Accessed 12 November 2014.
  14. [14]“New Temple Presidents.” ldschurchnewsarchive.com,16 October 2004. Accessed 12 November 2014.
  15. [15]ACCL Architects


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