The church in the District (province) of Nigeria is currently headed by Bishop Samuel Chuka Ekemam, Sr. Bishop Ekemam was elected in 1988. He has served three terms as president of the Board of Bishops of the Church since February, 1992. The President of the Board of Bishops becomes the titular and spiritual head of the Church and presides at official ceremonies like the consecration of new bishops of the Church. Bishop George W.C. Walker is Senior Bishop.
The A.M.E. Zion Church came to Nigeria in 1932 by way of Ghanaian Zionite merchants cum Missionaries arriving first in Oron and Ikot Osong both in what is now Akwa Ibom State. From there it spread to other parts of Nigeria like Calabar in Cross River State, Port Harcourt in Rivers, Aba in Abia State, Lagos, etc. with congregations and parishes in the Western, Northern parts of this large nation—all constituted into the present Eastern West Africa Episcopal District (province) with about 45 superintendences called Presiding Elder Districts, with a Presiding Elder as the dean of each but under the Presiding Bishop. Each Presiding Elder District consists of several parishes or pastorates. There are about 320 such pastorates throughout Nigeria.
The A.M.E. Zion Church is not the same either in theology, practice or origin with some other groups with the word "Zion" inserted in their name. It is Zion Methodism only if it is A.M.E. Zion, tracing its origin to John Wesley through Francis Asbury and James Varick, our Founding Bishop.
The Women's work in the A.M.E. Zion Church is carried out under the auspices of the Woman's Home & Overseas Missionary Society. The Missionary Supervisor usually heads the department and co-ordinates the work throughout the Episcopal District. The bishop's wife, usually appointed by the Presiding Bishop of the Area, serves in that capacity. Our current Missionary Supervisor is Mrs. Stella Adannaya Ekemam. Our first Nigerian Missionary Supervisor, Lady Dr. Faustina Ekemam, died in March 2004. Dr. Faustina had served from 1988 to her death in 2004.
There are eleven Annual Conferences in this Episcopal District covering the whole of Nigeria. Each of the conferences has someone appoints to take charge of the women's work. Such person is known as the Missionary Field Worker who must first be trained in America for the work. She usually reports to the Bishop through the Missionary Supervisor.
For the Lay Activities Department, a Lay Council exists in each conference. The bishop appoints a Lay Council President who co-ordinates the work of Lay Council through the length and breadth of the conference.
For other departments like Evangelism, Youth Christian Education, Zion Evangelical Movement, the bishop usually appoints a director annually for each conference. Each Director, like the Missionary Field Worker and the Lay Council President, is expected to give a written annual report to the Bishop in Conference. And although one may be continued in office as long as he she is useful, loyal and effective, all appointments including those of the District Superintendents, must be made annually by the bishop to whom they are accountable.
Two of the Conferences have each a functioning Bishop's Administrative Assistant, viz: Cross River Nigeria Conference - Rev. Dr. U. U. Effiong and Rivers Nigeria Conference - Rev. Dr. Cheta Izogo, who assist in the co-ordination of the work in each Conference.
The church owns several nursery and primary schools throughout Nigeria. The A.M.E. Zion Church in Nigeria also maintains three post primary (secondary) schools and one post-secondary school. They are:-