The Transformation of Aladura Christianity in Nigeria


Dr. Timothy Baiyewu

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The research intends to critically investigate recent developments in Aladura Christianity in Nigeria. From the 1920s onward, Aladura Christianity significantly reshaped and contextualised African Christianity, beginning in Yorubaland and spreading to many parts of West Africa with its unique worldview and culturally-influenced liturgy. It attracted notable theological, anthropological and sociological inquiries beginning from the 1950s and 1960s. With the upsurge in Pentecostal activities and its almost inescapable social visibility, Aladura scholarship significantly weaned, with many scholars claiming that Pentecostalism has all but erased Aladura Christianity. The present study contests and interrogates this claim and intends to describe the resilience of Aladura churches in the context of aggressive Pentecostal proselytizing activities in Nigeria. Designed as a multiple case study using ethnography and quantitative method, the research focuses on three different Aladura churches (Cherubim and Seraphim; Church of the Lord Aladura and Celestial Church of Christ) in three different Nigerian cities (Lagos, Ibadan and Jos).