Number of Christian in Africa has grown 70 times in last 100 years
According to the research of Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, in last 111 years he religious landscape of sub-Saharan Africa has changed dramatically. As of 1900, both Muslims and Christians were relatively small minorities in the region. The vast majority of people practiced traditional African religions, while adherents of Christianity and Islam combined made up less than a quarter of the population.
ОSince then, however, the number of Muslims living between the Sahara Desert and the Cape of Good Hope has increased more than 20-fold, rising from an estimated 11 million in 1900 to approximately 234 million in 2010. The number of Christians has grown even faster, soaring almost 70-fold from about 7 million to 470 million.Sub-Saharan Africa now is home to about one-in-five of all the Christians in the world (21%) and more than one-in-seven of the world's Muslims (15%).
While sub-Saharan Africa has almost twice as many Christians as Muslims, on the African continent as a whole the two faiths are roughly balanced, with 400 million to 500 million followers each. In Northern Africa is heavily Muslim and southern Africa is heavily Christian.
The success of Christianity is explained through work of charitable missionary organizations that dealt with a wide range of issues, like AIDs epidemic or hunger to opening of schools and universities.
Africans are religious people. Authors noted a list of paradoxes. One of them is that many Africans who are deeply committed to Islam or Christianity, preserved practice of traditional religions.
Source: Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral