Dr. Nandera Ernest Mhando
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Team Leader

Dr. Nandera E. Mhando is a Social Anthropology and Sociology Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam’s College of Social Science. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, where she also served as a visiting tutor before returning to Tanzania to progress with her lectureship in 2011. Her broad research interests include: exploring the interface between gender, religious practices and livelihood in Africa with a focus on the impact of external institutions on African traditional religious practices and marriages, rituals, and survival strategies utilised by both men and women. Recently, her research focus has been on  female church leaders, interrogating female leadership as well as legitimation and impact on society. Her relevant publications include: “The Impact of External Institutions on Kuria Marriages in Tanzania”, in The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Relational Affairs, 2014, 41(2):55-84 and “Women Strategizing through the Kuria Union of Inyumba Mboke”, in Tanzania Journal of Population Studies, 2013, 20 (1&2):59-81. She has two submitted manuscripts titled: “You Pretend you are Not Circumcised”: The Paradox of Anti-Female and Anti-Traditional Male Circumcision Campaigns in Tanzania and Elopement, Concubinage, and Singleness in North Eastern Tanzania


Dr. Loreen Maseno
Maseno University, Kenya

Team Member

Dr Loreen Maseno is a Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion at Maseno University. She holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Oslo, Norway. She is also a research Fellow at the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA) and a peer reviewer for the Commission for University Education (CUE), Kenya. Her research interests include: Christology, Feminist Theology, Gender and Religion, Biblical studies, Christianity and Literature, African Theology and kinship studies.

Her recent publications include:

(2014).  How Abanyole African Widows Understand Christ: Explaining Redemption through the Propagation of Lineage. Edwin Mellen Press. ISBN 978-0-7734-2575-0. 

(2015). “Christianity in East Africa”. In E. K. Bongmba.(Ed).  The Routledge Companion to Christianity in Africa. New York: Routledge.

(2015). “Unbounded Christologies: The Case of Widows’ Christology – ‘Jesus Christ Is Breath’.” Scriptura,  114: 1-12, Dec. 2015. ISSN 2305-445X.


Kupakwashe Mtata
Bayreuth Academy, Germany

Team Member

Kupakwashe Mtata is a doctoral researcher in Religious Studies at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. His research focuses on religion and nature by exploring on-going encounters between European colonial and African autochthonous ontological designs of human-environment relations in contemporary Africa, with Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park and its environs as a case study. Mr. Mtata is a member of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies and a member of the University of Bayreuth Graduate School. He is also a junior fellow of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS). His research interests include the sacredness in places regarded as profane, temporalities, power, and religion and philosophy in African settings.

Mr. Mtata’s publications include:

Mtata, Kupakwashe. “Final Word: The Religious Situation in Contemporary Africa.”  BIGSAS Works: Trends, Discourses and Representations in Religions in Africa, 2/2012, Bayreuth Working Papers Series No. 9. Available from

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