Miracle Cities

Miracle Cities: The Economy of Competitive Prayer Camps and the
Entrepreneurial Spirit of Religion in Africa


This project proposes to explore the complex, dynamic and multifaceted
transformations in Africa’s contemporary religious field through a comparative
investigation of the emergence of prayer camps (Miracle Cities), their functions and
activities, and their relationship to the larger society in which they exist. The study
will focus on the political economy of Prayer Camps near two cities in Africa, Lagos
(Nigeria) and Kampala (Uganda). One is Pentecostal in orientation, and the other is
neo-traditionalist in character. The Redemption Camp/City, owned by the Redeemed
Christian Church of God, occupies the largest landmass dedicated to the production
and consumption of religion in Africa. The Faith of Unity Society, founded by
Owobusozi Desteo Bisaka in Kagadi, Uganda, is a neo-traditionalist religious group
dedicated to the revival of African indigenous spirituality. The “Miracle Cities” under
study function as competitive strategies for material and symbolic resources and for
global expansion in a dense religious market.

Principal Investigator: Asonzeh Ukah, Department of Religious Studies, University
of Cape Town, South Africa.

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"The Healing City: Faith of Unity Prayer Camp in Kapyemi, Uganda" - Nsibidi Institute, 12 June 2017 (online)
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