Before the coming of Christianity in Nigeria, a certain tribe have been acknowledging the existence of the supreme being. They have always known that there is a greater God out there that controls everything in the Universe.
This tribe in Nigeria is Igbo tribe residing mostly in the eastern part of the country and some parts of South South Nigeria
Before the coming of Christianity, Igbos believed in “Chukwu Okike” that is “God the Creator.” They have always known that there is a God that sees to the affairs of everything below, within and outside the earth. This is the main reason why they are more of Christians than any other religion. They accepted Christianity because their earlier beliefs were similar to that of the white men.
They believed that there is a spirit taken care of every living person in the world, the spirit they calls “CHI or CHI-UKWU” meaning the big God or God.
That does not imply that they don’t worship other petty gods. Igbos worshipped other petty gods like; Ikenga, Alusi, Idemmili, Ala etc.
Yet they knew that there is a God that is greater than all of these gods. That is why they have been bearing the names like:
“Chidiebele” meaning “God is merciful”
“Chimaobi” meaning “God knows a man’s heart”
“Chukwudi” meaning “God exists”
“Chukwuka” meaning “God is the greatest”
“Chukwudimma” meaning “God is good”
“Ekenedirichukwu” meaning “Thank God”
“Ifeanyichukwu” meaning “God is Ominiscience”
“Onyekachukwu” meaning “no one is bigger or greater than God”
“Mmaduaburochukwu” meaning “No Man is God”
“Uchechukwu” Meaning “God’s will”
“Uzochukwu” meaning “God’s way or the way of God”
“Ikechukwu” meaning “Power of God”
“Umuchukwu” meaning “Children of God”
“Akachukwu” meaning “Hand of God”
“Ukachukwu” meaning “Church of God”
“Chinazaekpere” meaning “God answers Prayers”
There are many other names that explains the recognition of God in the life of these people and these names have been in existence far too long before the coming of Christianity in Nigeria.