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Traditional Religion as a Paradigm for Social Control: A Case study of Northern Sub-Cultural Area of Igboland

By Adukwu, Rowland M.

Modernity is fast eroding away Igbo traditional and cultural values against
arguments raised to the contrary in related studies to this project work. The writer
here gives readers a wider perception of Igbo traditional devices of effecting
cohesion order and harmony in the society. The lgbo family as the starting point
of a child socialization, parents, elders and older siblings act as teacher leader and
character moulder in ensuring conformity to societal behavioural codes. Of note,
the writer also explained religions sy~nbolismsa nd objects, like masquerades, ofo
staff, religious personalities, the priest, medicine men, rain makers in the
enforcement of social order and harmony in Igbo society. In traditional matters
their pronouncement or invocations instill discipline and moral sanctions in the
society against social deviants and miscreants. The writer proffered suggestions,
among which, the furtherance of researchers in this field for continuity and
resilience of Igbo traditional value systems. In the same vein he recommends that
for Igbo society to survive foreign inspired unslaught on her heritage, the people
have to ensure the promotion and preservation of her cultural heritage by
successive generation.

Published: 10/01/2018

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Africa in Gods Plan: New Testament Perspective of African Identity in Christianity

By Abbah, Ruth Laruba

'I'he crux or the issue that gave rise to this study is thc gcncral view of those
who have misundcrstood Christinnily and llicrcby misinformed others that Christianily
is the Wliitc-man's rcligion and thereby, a recent arrival on thc African continent. It
is, therefore, attackcd kom various angles for various reasons. 'I'he study has
cstablishcd from the Old 'l'cslament accounts, as the basic background literature, that
Gotl's relationship with the African land and people was fro111 n~illennia bcforc the
birth of Christ and thcy arc objcclivcly porlraycd in thc biblical accounts without a
prc.judice. 'l'hc Africans who wcrc God-fcarers of lhc Old Testament becamc
('liristia~iso f' llic New 'I'cstanicnt. C'onsitlcrillg tlic finding lion1 tlic Ncw 'l'cstan~cnt
I '~~. spcct i0v1' ~A l'ric;in ldcntily ill Clirislianily: Ali'ica and Aliicans arc identified as
playing yromincnl roles li'oni tlic gcncnlogics of .lcsus in Saint Maltlie\v's Gospel lo
cschalology in thc book of Revclntion. All along, they hnvc developed interweavingly
both liturgy and ctlucation and lhrougli thc church and inllucncctl both lhc Church
Ilnivcrsal and tlic society.
1:roln the life and Ministry of Jesus in the gospels through the apostolic era and
to Ihc conlcmporary generation, Ilis Sollowership as wcll as the fellowship of I-lis
l'ollo\vers have continucd to wax strong and largc in Africa. It is strongly argued that
fieom Nativity lo Golgotha, accounts through the Pentecost events to the early
missionary explosion of the Christian faith into the Gentile world, Africa was
constantly mentioned. During the early post-New Testament era, Africa also produced
well equipped theologians, Church Fathers and scholars who defended both thc
Catholic and I'rutestanl doctrines, as well as thc Christian faith and practice at very
high costs whcn martyrdom was the lest of authentic Christianity. At that early age,
the bible was translated into two African languages, bcing the then first of its kind in
tllc world. Even now, records show that Africa has the higl~cst number of Christians
and Bible translations. 130th the early and contemporary African theologians have
madc indcliblc impacts on thc universal Church. Dcspite the Islamic invasion on North
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Afi-ica, it is established that t\\w thousand ycass af'ter the child Jesus had taken refuge
in Egypt, Ilis religion Iias d~l i~i i t c l(yi ) u l l c l a Iio~ilco n tlic ATrican continent. It is
objectively ohscnwl tliat tlic slinpc and poqirion ol'tlic Univcrsal Church Tor centuries
to come will largely dcpcnd on what happens in the Al'rican Church.

Published: 10/09/2018

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ALIOHA’S LIFE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO PENTECOSTALISM IN IGBOLAND (1912-1997)

By Utah, Jude Chidi

The aberrations that exist among Pentecostals in Igboland of Nigeria have created doubts on the minds of people on what true Pentecostal spirituality is all about. The excesses which include monetization of anointing, flamboyant life-style of some Pentecostal preachers and prosperity gospel among others have caused some Christians to deviate from true Christianity. The purpose of this research is to reconstruct and x-ray the life and contributions of George Nnoromchi Alioha (1912-1997) to Pentecostalism in Igboland with the view of tapping from the true Pentecostal spirituality that he exhibited which is instructive in correcting the excesses found among Pentecostals. The method used for the research is historical and descriptive. Oral interviews were conducted purposefully; library works and internet were used. Data obtained were described and critically analyzed. It was discovered that Alioha was a co-pioneer of an indigenous Pentecostal group in Nigeria; preached holiness, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Jesus second coming with passion and insisted on obeying and “stopping” where the Bible “stops.” With the modern Pentecostals in Igboland gleaning from his life of holiness, persistence and contentment, and the Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria monitoring the activities of the ministers under her umbrella, the excesses would be reduced, giving room for true Pentecostal spirituality that would enrich and advance Christianity in Igboland and Nigeria as a nation.

Published: 22/02/2014

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A HISTORICAL STUDY OF PROSPERITY GOSPEL PREACHING IN NIGERIA, 1970-2014

By Rimamsikwe Habila Kitause

Prosperity gospel preaching is a double-barrelled socio-religious phenomenon which is fast becoming one of the most significant expressions of Christianity and is remarkably wielding a pervasive influence within the Nigerian religious space. As a dominant strain of popular spirituality, prosperity gospel has remained a major socio-cultural force in Nigeria. The study generally attempts a comprehensive study of prosperity gospel in Nigeria and specifically, it examines the impacts and conflicting views on the reasons for the shift in emphasis of prosperity preachers from asceticism to materialism. The study is crafted using phenomenological approach for its richness and objectivity. The results show that prosperity preaching is currently the major preoccupation of the Pentecostals and has challenged endemic poverty in Nigeria through its emphasis on spiritual and economic empowerment programmes of the prosperity purveyors which is engendering remarkable social, economic and spiritual transformation in the Nigerian society. But the Pentecostals’ undue emphasis on giving as an investment for future prosperity occasioned by wrong interpretation of Scriptures by prosperity preachers resulting to misinformation and misapprehension of people about prosperity has negatively impacted on a broad spectrum of the Nigerian Christians and churches financially, socially and spiritually. At the moment, there seems to be a gradual paradigm shift in the orientation of people from hard labour to idleness and from holiness to worldliness in Nigeria. In view of the foregoing, the work, in recognition of some positivism of prosperity gospel draws its conclusion that the impacts of prosperity gospel are more damaging than beneficial in Nigeria.

Published: 17/11/2015

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INFLUENCE OF RELIGION ON THE NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY (1960 – 2012)

By Onwudinjo, Benedict Onuora

The thrust of this work, “Influence of Religion on the Nigerian Democracy” discussed the impacts of Religion on the Nigerian society which is being run under democratic governance. Historical research method was used in this thesis. The data collections, among other sources, were comprised of two major sources: primary and secondary sources. These data collections were analysed socially, critically and descriptively. It was found that positively, religion was credited with the following: the provision of African identity and political unity, curbed of evils, uplifting the human development of the society through education and health care sectors and other developments. Above all, it rehabilitated, restructured and reconstructed the society especially during and after the Nigerian civil war. Religion was and is still responsible for the following: some of the crisis in Nigeria, social instabilities, some irremedial evils, economic stagnation, derogation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, insecurity of lives and property and the apparent shaky condition of Nigerian secular state. By these implications, it appears that religion has failed in its function in Nigerian society. In conclusion, the researcher advocated that religious personnel should endeavour to live out practically ethics of their religion. Ultimately, some synergies of actions are absolutely required between religious bodies (particularly between Christianity and Islam) and largely between religion and government in the society. This filial collaboration will enhance attainment of true democracy and more positive impacts of Religion in Nigeria.

Published: 25/04/2014

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THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH AND THE MANAGEMENT OF THE NIGER DELTA CRISIS IN GOKHANA- LAND 1931-2010.

By Onwubiko, Amaechi Jude

The main aim and concern of the thesis were to evaluate the role and contributions of the Apostolic Church Gokhana in the management of the Gokhana crisis, and the Niger Delta conflict. The study employed the descriptive and historical methods of research in which issued were raised, described and critically evaluated in the context of the study. In the process of data collection the primary and secondary sources were used. The data collected through the primary and secondary sources, were collated, interpreted, analyzed and presented through the descriptive and historical style. The study found among other things that the agitation of the Gokhana people was that their lives, property and eco-system had not only been threatened, but destroyed due to the problem of oil exploration, exploitation and marginalization. And the resultant effect was that the people lived in oppression, dejection, depression, abject poverty and underdevelopment; furthermore, the study discovered that the church in general, and the T.A.C in particular was not actively predisposed and committedly involved and very supportive in the various attempts and endeavours to resolve the crisis. The Apostolic Church in Gokhana was the most affected, among all the denomination in the land, as her church buildings and economic investments were destroyed during the crisis. The study also showed that the major hindrance to the resolution of the conflict was the unhealthy leadership competition among the Gokhana elites both in church as well as in the civil society. It was in view of the fate suffered by T.A.C. that made them swing into action strategies towards the management of the crisis which is the main focus of this study.. The research presented the “Season of Change” as the emerging “church shift” paradigm necessary for the transformation of the Gokhana socio-political conflict.

Published: 21/07/2013

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INFLUENCE OF RELIGION ON THE NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY (1960 – 2012)

By Onwudinjo, Benedict Onuora

The thrust of this work, “Influence of Religion on the Nigerian Democracy” discussed the impacts of Religion on the Nigerian society which is being run under democratic governance. Historical research method was used in this thesis. The data collections, among other sources, were comprised of two major sources: primary and secondary sources. These data collections were analysed socially, critically and descriptively. It was found that positively, religion was credited with the following: the provision of African identity and political unity, curbed of evils, uplifting the human development of the society through education and health care sectors and other developments. Above all, it rehabilitated, restructured and reconstructed the society especially during and after the Nigerian civil war. Religion was and is still responsible for the following: some of the crisis in Nigeria, social instabilities, some irremedial evils, economic stagnation, derogation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, insecurity of lives and property and the apparent shaky condition of Nigerian secular state. By these implications, it appears that religion has failed in its function in Nigerian society. In conclusion, the researcher advocated that religious personnel should endeavour to live out practically ethics of their religion. Ultimately, some synergies of actions are absolutely required between religious bodies (particularly between Christianity and Islam) and largely between religion and government in the society. This filial collaboration will enhance attainment of true democracy and more positive impacts of Religion in Nigeria.

Published: 05/07/2018

Tags: RELIGION, NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY, 1960 – 2012

Size: 588.50KB

A HISTORICAL STUDY OF PROSPERITY GOSPEL PREACHING IN NIGERIA, 1970-2014.

By Rimamsikwe Habila Kitause

Prosperity gospel preaching is a double-barrelled socio-religious phenomenon which is fast becoming one of the most significant expressions of Christianity and is remarkably wielding a pervasive influence within the Nigerian religious space. As a dominant strain of popular spirituality, prosperity gospel has remained a major socio-cultural force in Nigeria. The study generally attempts a comprehensive study of prosperity gospel in Nigeria and specifically, it examines the impacts and conflicting views on the reasons for the shift in emphasis of prosperity preachers from asceticism to materialism. The study is crafted using phenomenological approach for its richness and objectivity. The results show that prosperity preaching is currently the major preoccupation of the Pentecostals and has challenged endemic poverty in Nigeria through its emphasis on spiritual and economic empowerment programmes of the prosperity purveyors which is engendering remarkable social, economic and spiritual transformation in the Nigerian society. But the Pentecostals’ undue emphasis on giving as an investment for future prosperity occasioned by wrong interpretation of Scriptures by prosperity preachers resulting to misinformation and misapprehension of people about prosperity has negatively impacted on a broad spectrum of the Nigerian Christians and churches financially, socially and spiritually. At the moment, there seems to be a gradual paradigm shift in the orientation of people from hard labour to idleness and from holiness to worldliness in Nigeria. In view of the foregoing, the work, in recognition of some positivism of prosperity gospel draws its conclusion that the impacts of prosperity gospel are more damaging than beneficial in Nigeria.

Published: 05/07/2018

Tags: HISTORY, PROSPERITY, GOSPEL PREACHING, NIGERIA, 1970-2014

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ALIOHA’S LIFE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO PENTECOSTALISM IN IGBOLAND (1912-1997)

By Utah, Jude Chidi

Many great religious men are unnoticed on accounts of political events, yet they help shape the fortune of church history and the prospect of the kingdom of God in many communities.

Published: 05/07/2018

Tags: ALIOHA, PENTECOSTALISM, IGBOLAND, 1912-1997

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