28 June, 2017
"The Healing City: Faith of Unity Prayer Camp in Kapyemi, Uganda" - Nsibidi Institute, 12 June 2017 (online)
By: Asonzeh Ukah
Religion, health and healing are intricately interwoven and inseparable in traditional African worldviews and societies. Among many African peoples, religion is as much a way of dealing with critical issues such as managing illness, addressing the threat of death and what happens after death, as well as creating and maintaining community life. The ‘good life’ is generally one that fosters and enhances continued harmony between human beings, their
28 June, 2017
"The Miracle City: Pentecostal Entrepreneurialism and the Remaking of Lagos" - Nsibidi Institute, 14 June 2017 (online)
By: Asonzeh Ukah
In the extant literature on African cities and urban lifestyle, one component of Lagos’ megacity makeup is noticeably absent. This often overlooked or under-represented feature is that Lagos is truly a “Miracle City” – a city sited at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, with a manifest peril of being swallowed up hovering over it like the Sword of Damocles. Known for its infrastructural challenges, Lagos survives and
07 December, 2016
Consultative Workshop: Review of Preliminary findings from the study of New Media and Prophetic Ministries in Botswana
Date: 28th November 2016
By: Mosadi Moloi
A consultative workshop themed “New Media and Prophetic Ministries in Botswana” was held at the University of Botswana on 28 November 2016. The workshop was organized by a team of researchers from the University of Botswana led Dr Gabriel Faimau who is also the Principal Investigator of the study on “New Media and Cultural Application on Religion: A Case
13 November, 2016
Hands-on Research about Boko Haram
Edlyne Anugwom describes how he and four colleagues were conducting research on the terrorist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria when a group of heavily armed men came upon them suddenly.
The armed men didn’t make clear whether they were Boko Haram sympathizers or not, but they immediately began roughing them up, said Anugwom, who has received a grant from the Nagel Institute for the Study of
18 October, 2016
Encountering Pneumatic-Politics: A Field Research Report
By: Chammah. J. Kaunda (PhD)
This report is based on the initial field research conducted among Pentecostal Christians in Lusaka and Ndola from 3 April to 12 June 2016 as a part of Nagel Institute research entitled ‘Politics in the Spirit’: Pentecostal Spirituality, Missiology and Impact on Political Culture in Postcolonial Zambia.
The research aim was to explore the ways in which Zambian Pentecostalism has impacted Zambian
14 October, 2016
Scramble for Souls: Scrutinizing the nature, growth, impact and competing claims to ori-oke in Ilorin, Nigeria
By: Patrick Uchenna Nwosu, PhD.
University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria
The central focus of our research is the Scramble for Souls: Scrutinizing the nature, growth, impact and competing claims to ori-oke in Ilorin, Nigeria. So far, our findings have shown increasing human experience giving rise to the Ori-oke (mountain prayer) spirituality in Ilorin, North-central, Nigeria. Diarmuid O’murchu views such spirituality as ‘the outsider’ in his book: Inclusivity: A Gospel Mandate.
13 October, 2016
FIELDWORK IN A FUZZY AND UNPREDICTABLE ENVIRONMENT: WELCOME TO THE NORTHEAST OF NIGERIA
By Edlyne Anugwom
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
University of the Western Cape
“I want to tell you a story, tell me (us) a story” – this line from one of the lyrics of the late Nigerian artiste Fela Anikulapo Kuti comes to mind as I reflect on my experience in studying the Boko Haram in the Northeast of Nigeria and its telling. I
05 June, 2016
Field work training for the 'New Media and Religion' Research Project
In preparation for the field work for the “New Media and Religion” research project, a training workshop for all the research assistants was organized by Dr. Gabriel Faimau and held at the University of Botswana on the 30th May 2016. Presenting at this workshop were Dr. Faimau and Ms. Thato Setambule, both from the Sociology department, and Ms. Dineo Ralefala from the Office of Research and development who gave
02 June, 2016
Atheist group in Kenya tests boundaries of religious tolerance
Professor of Hinduism and Comparative Religion, University of KwaZulu-Natal
The disquiet among some in Kenya over the registration and formal recognition of an atheist organisation, Atheists in Kenya, raises a number issues.
The first one is about the constitution of Kenya, the second about religious tolerance and the third is about secularism.
According to the country’s 2014 demographic profile, the dominant religion is clearly Christianity (82.5%). There
14 May, 2016
Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa: Cape Town Workshop Brief
One of the distinctive features of the Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa Project is a research seminar for all grantees. The first seminar was held at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, from 7-18 March 2016.Thirty grantees, representing 22 of the 23 grant teams, met with 8 facilitators and 8 advisers/mentors for two weeks to address research methods and theories, consult with a team of advisers,
08 May, 2016
Nagel Institute funnels Templeton grant toward assisting African scholarship
Joel Carpenter says pat answers are not going to fix what ails Africa.
“It’s not enough to say we are going to address African problems theologically by taking a seat-of-the-pants look at an issue then going to the Bible ,” said Carpenter, director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity.
Enter the Templeton Foundation. The organization is distributing $2.07 million over two years to the Nagel Institute
27 July, 2017
Call for Papers - Currents, Perspectives, And Methodologies In World Christianity
Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, USA
January 18 – January 20, 2018
The last few decades mark a significant watershed in the study of World Christianity as an emerging field, its development into an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary endeavor in particular. Most scholarship now characterizes World Christianity as a ‘polycentric’ faith
By: Asonzeh Ukah
Religion, health and healing are intricately interwoven and inseparable in traditional African