AFRICAN PENTICOSTALISM CHALLENGES AND EFFECT ON MORAL AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

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2018-10-10

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Kaduna journal of Historical Studies (KJHS), Department of History, Kaduna State University Kaduna Nigeria 2018

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Pentecostalism has become an increasingly prominent feature of Africa’s religious and political landscape. The movement’s growth has been particularly dramatic since the era of decolonization in the 1950s and 1960s. With pentecostalism’s demographic explosion has come to the sudden expansion of its efforts to shape politics, moral and public life of Africans. While nationalist movements drove African politics during the era of decolonization in the 1950s and 1960s, and mainline church leaders were deeply involved in the continent’s efforts at democratization in the 1980s and early 1990s (Gifford 1995), pentecostals have become increasingly important political actors in the last 15 years. This political awakening is becoming increasingly visible. Beyond electoral politics, pentecostalism has penetrated into important sectors of African public and moral life. In Uganda and Kenya, for example, pentecostals and other evangelicals control numerous radio and TV stations (Bengali 2006). In Nigeria, also Pentecostals and other evangelicals feature prominently on numerous radio and television stations, for affirmation the pentecostal Redeemed Christian Church of God produces Christian-themed movies that have beaten secular rivals at the box office (Murphy 2006). In 2003, Ghana’s national airline, Ghana Airways, invited a Ghanaian-born, London-based pentecostal evangelist to conduct a “deliverance service” to save the organization from its recurring financial failures (Asamoah-Gyadu 2005). This paper looks into what African Pentecostalism is and its effects on moral and political development in Africa, using analytical and historical methods for its finding

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African, Africa Pentecostalism, challenges, Moral Effect and Political Development

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