Religion is “very important” to more than three-quarters of the population in 17 of 19 sub-Saharan nations, according to a new survey, Religion News Service reports.
The study is part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.
Islam and Christianity dominate as the most popular religions in the region. While a majority of African Muslims is from the northern region of the continent, nearly 234 million live below the Sahara Desert.
The study reports that the number of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa grew faster than the number of Muslims, from 7 million in 1900 to 470 million in 2010. One in five of the world’s Christians lives in sub-Saharan Africa.