Archbishop faces challenge uniting Nigerian Anglicans
9 November 2012 Last updated at 10:58 GMT
The current Bishop of Durham Justin Welby has been named as the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
Congregations around the world hope his leadership will reunite the church's followers, particularly in Nigeria.
Many of the country's 18 million Anglicans are at odds with more liberal worshippers over issues like same-sex marriages and gay priests.
Our West Africa correspondent Will Ross reports from Lagos on the challenge ahead there for the new leader.