Advent and Development of Massive Church Auditorium Architectural Designs in Nigeria
About 45% of Nigeria’s population are Christians, found mainly in the southern part of the country with considerable numbers in the north. Nigeria has the leading population of Christians in Africa according to the Pew Research Center.
The Christian population in Nigeria has been estimated to be about 85 million, comprising various places of worship. History holds that Nigeria opened wide to Christianity as a result of British merchants’ desire to trade off the West African coast in the 18th century.
Missionary to Nigeria made his first visit in 1842 with two members of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) present. Samuel Ajayi Crowther was among them and was selected because he was a Yoruba man from western Nigeria. Although the mission was unsuccessful, the Church Missionary Society was impressed with the skill of Samuel Ajayi Crowther.
Soon after, he was trained and ordained in England. He returned to Nigeria with Henry Townsend and began the Yoruba mission at the request of Christian teachers. However, Reverend Townsend and Reverend Thomas Birch-Freeman, of the Methodist faith, first preached the Christian gospel to the people of Badagry, but today we have an adult Christian auditorium built in grand, huge, and comparatively standard styles. with what started before. .
In this sense, the hearing range has now become an imperative issue in today’s large gatherings, especially in religious centers because the Church building is being used by many people, therefore the people who attend the sycophant axes must be compelled and able to clearly hear the lay preacher without interruptions or noise.
Need for space
People also need to have unrestricted communication within the space obtainable without their vocal sound reverberating. Therefore, in churches these days, the actions of adults and youth seem to require a lot of discretion, so the need for an operational acoustic scheme within the various spaces in the church structure becomes essential.
Acoustic and architectural undertakings in churches can also be seen as the qualities that regulate a venue’s ability to echo sound waves in such a way as to produce and stimulate a distinctive audible range. The force of a broad-range wave in the shape of a sphere falls off at a rate of six intensities for every factor of two increases in distance from the source of the message.
Sound transmission depends on the frequency of the sound source and the size of the listener’s eardrum, further sound transmission also depends on weather conditions such as air temperature.
In the same way, the environment through which it travels, the structural scenario is an important factor and perhaps we can also have a vision of the type of space, whether open or closed, in the assessment of buildings over the environment in recent decades, for Therefore, the importance of providing good audibility has become a major issue in the search for a classical architectural atmosphere in religious institutions.
An individual’s ability to receive and understand communication is subject to signal-to-noise ratio, as humans often desire a straight gesture that is harmless to accept little or no noise. It seems if the noise is too loud, simply increasing the volume of the direct signal from the speaker can solve the problem. Unfortunately this doesn’t work as well as expected.
Loud sound is known to be uncomfortable. Loud sound can push the background signal-to-noise ratio almost infinitely. But it does not improve the acoustic signal-to-noise ratio because the intensity of the noise depends directly on the loudness of the speaker.
The advance of the church buildings
The church buildings from the beginning no doubt were initially small but over time the church buildings began to move forward after getting larger land this has helped to succeed in a better building which is artistically appealing and big enough for the people who attend the service. Some church buildings to date reflect the personality and needs of its members. Often the structure of the building helps to identify and categorize the denomination of the Church such as Anglican, Catholic or Pentecostal and other churches, but really what does faith have to do with the structure and designs of the church building?
As the churches got bigger, it became a challenge for everyone to listen to the pastor. This problem to some extent is solved by the use of microphones and speakers. Still, this team didn’t come without its problem.
In the recent past, Nigerian churches have shown their level of interest and glamorous preferences by raising money and dynamism for substantial auditorium architectural designs. While this creates dignity for them, it also increases the value of the architectural business and the nation in general, this expansion of the auditorium creates a set of measures in the well-being of the churches, as well as control of the audience in its growth from the desk of 20,000, 40,000 and 50,000 respectively.
The venture into architectural industry knowledge and well-grounded styles has led churches to capitalize on surprising costs in mass audiences, as this generates increased value and acceptance from coast to coast as worshiping God spreads. makes fun.
The auditorium designs ranging from the Narthex, Facade Towers, Nave, Corridors, Transept, Crossing, Altar and Apse are a total magnificence.
The aim of the churches will be to have a division in every family in Nigeria and to certify that in every family in the world there will be at least one of their associates, but this in Nigeria has grown far beyond imagination as the churches in Nigeria now they have massive churches and majestic auditorium architectural designs occupying their territory.
The architectural design of the Two Billion Naira Redeemed Christian Church of God Trinity Tower Living Faith Winners Chapel Canaanland by Bishop David Oyedepo stated that more than 300 architects designed the 50,000 seat capacity Tabernacle of Faith it is essentially a good reference point.
Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel) Founded by Bishop David Oyedepo, it is a church that has gone from being a mere gathering of Christians to an Olympic stadium religious stage. His church auditorium has held the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s largest church auditorium in 2008. The church has a presence in 68 countries around the world and is packed with multi-million dollar branch buildings all over Nigeria. Its headquarters are located in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. It has a capacity of 50,400 and sits on 10,500 hectares of land.
The RCCG has more than 5 million members worldwide and is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with a camp in Ogun State that could hold a million worshipers in a single service.
Another is the Deeper Life Bible Church (DLBC) founded by Pastor Williams Kumuyi, professor of mathematics at the University of Lagos in 1973, from a gathering of 15 students who came to learn scriptures from him to more than 65,000 registered parishioners in a only service in 2016. The DLBC is certainly one of the largest in Nigeria even though its doctrine is quite conservative and seems less contemporary.
The Apostolic Church of Nigeria is an emerging church and of course remains one of the oldest and largest in Nigeria with over 4.5 million members while its national temple in Lagos, Nigeria can hold up to 100,000 people. in a single service. Branches of the church are present throughout Nigeria in small numbers.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM founded by Dr. Daniel Olukoya in 1987 in his living room as a prayer meeting has since become a voice in the religious arena of the country with a massive area of land in Lagos as head office, the church is among the largest in Nigeria.
The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), known as a healing center for religious tourism in Africa instituted by the prophet Temitope Joshua, has an attendance of 15,000 people at its headquarters and the only location in Nigeria with the church that receives more crowd of people is another scary building for reference, but you might remember that in September 2014, a guest house located inside the church in Lagos state completely collapsed, which was deemed due to structural failure and was later approached by Mr Ken Emeakayi on Channels Television to be a controlled demolition.
These and other questions will provide answers to what architectural buildings are likely to be for years to come, after seeing a lot of money being spent on designs to serve, facilitate, and relieve religious worshippers.