By Afe Adogame, Roswith Gerloff, Klaus Hock

The quick improvement of African Christianity and its offshoots within the Diaspora is rooted in colonial historical past and resistance to oppression, exploitation and slavery.Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora bargains new assets for the translation and research of African Christian routine. It attracts cognizance to a couple of key matters, together with the translatability of the Christian religion, the method of contextualization in numerous cultures, where and function of indigenous corporations, the worldwide effect of latest African Christian expressions, its impact on ecumenical kin and inter-religious encounters, and its means of shaping new non secular identities and landscapes based on strength kin and synthetic barriers. themes coated contain the concept that of diaspora, deconstructing colonial undertaking, conversion, African cosmologies, African retentions, woman management dynamics, liberation theology, a brand new discourse round HIV/AIDS, transnational non secular networks, pentecostal/charismatic events, charismatic renewal inside former undertaking church buildings, dynamics of opposite project, outreach through our on-line world, particular stories on Anglican, Baptist, Adventist and Kimbanguist missions, and the necessity for intercultural and interdenominational bridge building.

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Most Rev. Dr Rufus Oshitelu is described as ‘The Primate of the Church of the Lord (Aladura) Worldwide’. Others include Archbishop Prophetess, Dr Dorcas Olaniyi, and Founder of the Agbala Daniel Church. (Worldwide); Archbishop (Dr) Margaret Idahosa is the President of the Church of God Mission (International). Outside Nigeria, there are educated Nigerians leading international organizations. These include among others: Her Grace Most Rev. Onyuku-Opukuri Fidelia, the Archbishop of Born Again Christ Healing Church, (International), and Most Rev.

Based on this principle France administered her colonies by direct rule. 13 Britain, on the other hand, governed her colonies by ‘indirect rule’. She made use of the existing traditional chieftain structure. Traditional chiefs governed their peoples under the guidance and supervision of British officials. 14 Belgium’s most important colony was Congo Kinshasa (now Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC). The King of Belgium, Leopold II, originally acquired Congo in 1885 as his personal property. Belgian Congo was ruled so badly that Belgian government took it over in 1908.

The first decade after independence continued to witness intense rivalry between the mission and the African Independent Churches (AICs). Indeed, it could be said that political independence spurned the AICs into action as more and more churches began to emerge and continue to gain more converts at the expense of the mission churches. Olowo confirms the above thus: while attendance at the orthodox churches are falling, spiritual churches are swelling in numbers . . 26 Some of these AICs however were established along ethnic lines.

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