The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) will on February 8 celebrate its 50 years of existence in the country.
The General Secretary of the society Rev. Dare Ajiboye, who disclosed this in an interview with The Nation said the celebration will highlight achievements over the years.
According to him, part of the activities for the celebration include giving out 100, 000 copies of N50m worth of Bibles for free to those who cannot afford it.
“Other activities include a lecture in Enugu on February 2nd, followed by another lecture in Abuja on February 4th. A meeting with old staff and launch of our newest bibles. The Legacy Commemorative Bible will hold in Lagos on February 5th. There will also be thanksgiving ceremony on February 7 and a lecture on the final day that will be graced by a former president,” Adeboye stated.
He disclosed that BSN has successfully translated the Bible into 24 local languages.
” They used to be 20 until last year when we added four in Idoma, Igede, Ebira and Bora languages. We almost lost the translation which took us 40 years. What happened was that before it was dedicated last year, we asked the lead translator to come to Lagos for a month to work on the Bible.
“None of our translations has taken less than 38 years and it costs a minimum of N40 million to translate into one language but it takes a minimum of 12 years to translate in some other countries,” he said.
On challenges faced by the society, the General Secretary stressed the lack of cooperation from other churches that regard BSN as a competitor.
” We have written to them, but so far only about three or four have responded. They don’t know that BSN is an interdenominational society. In fact, if you want to talk about ecumenism in Nigeria, the only true ecumenical organisation is the BSN. We do not believe in denominations; we belong to different churches in the country,” Ajiboye said.