Prof. Nathanael Yaovi Soede
Institut Catholique Missionnaire dAbidjan (ICMA), Cote dIvoire

Team Leader

Prof. Nathanaël Yaovi Soede is currently lecturing at both the Institut Catholique Missionnaire d’Abidjan (ICMA) and the Institut de Théologie de la Compagnie de Jésus (ITCJ), Côte d’Ivoire. He is the Institute Director of the research and publication department at the ICMA and, at the pan-African level, the Executive President of the Association of African Theologians. As a scholar, he has led a research team in West Africa sponsored by the University of Bayreuth / Iwalewa Haus and Volkswagen Foundation, Germany (2005-2008), the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar’s expert theologians for the Roman Synod on Family (2014 and 2015). He is an Associate Fellow for the Center of World Christianity and Intercultural Theology, DePaul University, Chicago. As Grantee and Mentor, he is participating in the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity research program on “Christianity and Social Change in Contemporary Africa” scheduled from February 2016 to March 2017.


Dr. Florentine Adjouavi Houedenou
University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

Team Member

Dr Florentine Adjouavi Houedenou is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Education and Training at the University of Abomey-Calavi. She achieved a PhD in Educational Sciences and Social Communication at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy in 2005. She has been the Head of the Evaluations and Examinations Department since 2012 at the Catholic University of West Africa - Academic Unit of Cotonou (UCAO-UUC). Dr Houedenou conducts research into the utility of educational guidance and African family values ​​in the holistic development of the individual in relation to the deconstruction of the new global ethic; women's education for the reconstruction of Africa; ethics and development. Her research also addresses the issue of the environment and sustainable development, citizenship education, challenges and strategies for optimal communication, and attitudes necessary to produce positive interdependence. Her book and article publications focus on the Catholic University and the challenge of the spiritual formation of young people within globalization trends.  She has published a book called Art of realized published by Star Editions in 2009.


Dr. Paul Christian Kiti
University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic

Team Member

Paul Christian Kiti is Beninese. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Hekima College, a Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, and a PhD in Political Philosophy from the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin Republic) where he currently lectures in the Department of Philosophy. He teaches Political Philosophy, African Philosophy, Scholastics, Language and Latin civilization, and English for philosophers. His publications include: “Du paranormal au malaise multidimensionnel de l’Afrique” (Paris, l’Harmattan, 2004), ‘’Dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises :African perspectives’’ (Nairobi,Paulines, 2005), ‘’La conception triadique de M. Hebga ou l’audace d’une pensée anthropologique révolutionnaire en Afrique” (in Michel Kouam et Christian Mofor, ‘’Philosophie et cultures africaines à l’heure de l’interculturalité, Tome 1, Paris, l’Harmattan, 2011). 


Dr. Paul Saa-Dade Ennin
Institut Catholique Missionnaire DAbidjan (ICMA), Cote Ivoire

Team Member

Dr. Paul Saa-Dade Ennin is a member of the Society of African Mission. He holds a doctorate degree (JCD) in Canon Law from the prestigious Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and an M.Phil degree in African Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon. He specializes in Missionary Law, Missionary Societies and Praxis, Religion, Society and Governance with a special interest in how the Church interplays with society in Africa. He combines administrative insights into religious issues with scholarly research. He has held several senior management positions in ecclesiastical circles, the most recently as a member of the International leadership team of his missionary order (The Society of African Missions) and the Vice Superior General in Rome for six years (2007-2013). His research works include: “The Role of Religious Institutions on Governance in Africa” (2008), “The Authority of the Diocesan Bishop and the role of Societies of Apostolic Life. Analysis of Canon 750”, “Missionary institutes at the service of reconciliation” (2010). Dr Ennin is the current Rector of Institut Catholique Missionnaire d’Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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27 July, 2017

Call for Papers - Currents, Perspectives, And Methodologies In World Christianity

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January 18 – January 20, 2018

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