Olufunke Adeboye

Olufunke Adeboye
University of Lagos | Unilag · Department of History and Strategic Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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This article introduces Religion & Development as a new transdisciplinary journal focusing on the nexus between religion and development. It outlines the motivation for establishing the new periodical along three central themes: the move towards sustainable development as dominant development paradigm; the reinvigoration of the post-development deb...
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A major impact of the spread of Western education in Ibadan was the rise of an educated elite. This elite was quite articulate as it formed itself into several successive organizations over the years. The organizations, in turn, have been in different shades but all of them ably portrayed the shifting focus of the educated elite in the period under...
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In the past two decades, Nigeria has been a hotbed of Pentecostal activity in Africa. And within Nigeria, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (hereafter called RCCG) has been at the forefront of the Pentecostal campaign. Pentecostalism is a very vibrant form of Christianity with its roots in the experience of Pentecost in the Upper Room as recorde...
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PROTOCOLS I congratulate the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) on its golden Jubilee and especially for organizing this Women in Management and Leadership Summit. It is gratifying to note that the NIM has mainstreamed gender into its programmes and organs, thereby lending credence to the agency of both male and female members. This is particul...
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The Yoruba are among the most studied groups in sub-Saharan Africa today. And one of the scholars that contributed immensely to that study, not just in terms of his own research output, but also in defining the direction, scope and tools to be used in undertaking that research is Toyin Falola. Falola, as we know him today bestrides the field of Afr...
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This study illustrates how oral evidence, when properly situated within its social context, continues to provide information and a rich understanding of the African past. The commercial career of Rabi Alaso Oke, a female textile merchant in colonial Lagos, condensed in a Yoruba proverb, is analyzed in this work. This analysis of an oral text provid...
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This chapter examines the contribution of African Pentecostal churches to the promotion of sustainable development, using the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), an indigenous Nigerian church, as case study. It examines the response of this Pentecostal community to wider social needs and explores the social space taken up by Pentecostals and t...
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In this chapter, Adeboye interrogates the supposed growth and acceptability of the Pentecostal movement in Africa. While the chapter explores various indices and strategies of growth, it argues that perennial turbulent splintering—a major shortcoming of African Pentecostalism—has often been misinterpreted as numerical growth. Adeboye notes that whi...
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The issue of death and burial was, and still is, important in Ibadan as in other Yoruba communities. Previous scholarship on the introduction of Christianity to Yorubaland has emphasized the theme of “clash of cultures,” but this paper goes beyond clashes and tensions to explore negotiations and compromises, especially those made in mortuary practi...
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Suicide is generally regarded as an anti-social behavior. It is, perhaps, for this reason that sociologists and psychologists, among other experts, have been interested in studying the incidence of suicide in many societies. Most modern theories on suicide, however, do not emphasize the idea of “heroic suicide.” Epitomizing this “genre” of suicide...
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This chapter examines the transnational activities of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Organization in Nigeria (FOMWAN) during its twenty-five year history (1985-2010). As a starting point, FOMWAN’s local networks within Nigeria are considered significant as they shaped the movement’s national identity. Its various activities within Nigeria also in...
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Over the past two decades Nigeria has become a hotbed of Pentecostal activity. It is the view of this study that Pentecostal visibility in Nigeria has been enhanced not just by Pentecostals' aggressive utilization of media technology for proselytization as claimed by previous scholars, but also by their appropriation of public spaces for worship. T...
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At a time when scholarly focus is gradually shifting to new religious movements in Africa, Deidre Helen Crumbley has revisited the Aladura in a refreshing manner, drawing our attention to the intricacies of their gender practices. A unique feature of Spirit, Structure and Flesh is the comparative lens through which it views three case studies—the C...
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This article argues that cultural festivities (both civic and religious) constitute veritable pores through which civic culture in Ibadan is aerated. This perspective, however, disguises an interesting paradox. While celebrations act as vents for the release of socio-political and economic stress and reaffirm group identity, they also possess signi...
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It is widely acknowledged that the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS is worse in Africa than in other parts of the world. This has necessitated the launch of an all-out battle against the virus. In Facing a Pandemic, Elias K. Bongmba addresses the role of the African church in tackling what he calls "the crisis of AIDS." His main argument is theologic...
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This article considers the private diary not just as a historical source or literary text, but mainly as a symbolic cultural creation with sociological and psychological dimensions. The multiple identities of Akinpelu Obisesan, a member of the colonial intelligentsia in Ibadan, are analyzed, giving us insight into the transformations in Yoruba masc...
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This article traces the spread of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (hereafter RCCG), a leading Pentecostal Church from Nigeria to North America (NA), and analyses its growth over a period of 13 years.
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This article examines the remarkable phenomenon of ‘born-again' obas in Yorubaland both in the colonial and post-colonial periods. It argues that while Pentecostal doctrine does not distinguish between ‘personal' and ‘cultural' conversion, such a distinction might have become pragmatic for many of these obas in order to avert communal crises. Those...
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This is a historical study of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), an indigenous and fast-growing Pentecostal church in Nigeria. The recent explosion in the church is presented here as a response to both local and external stimuli. The ingenuity of the church leadership is further reflected in the way it appropriates crucial moments from it...
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Every society has its own elite, whether represented as its "cream" (as in Western societies) or as eekan ("pegs") as in Yoruba thought. The crucial thing is that the elite constitute the movers of the society, the pacesetters and the leaders. The rest of society looks up to the elite and the values which it holds in esteem are generally considered...
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This article investigates the changes in the local conception of elderhood and the deployment of the idiom of age in Ibadan. It identifies the factors responsible for the changes: namely, militarism and patronage (in the nineteenth century), Western education, individual affluence, colonial and post-colonial state power (in the twentieth century)....
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Suicide is generally regarded as an anti-social behavior and of which society disapproves. That is why sociologists and psychologists, among other experts, have taken it upon themselves to account for the incidence of suicide in many societies. However, most of the modern theories of suicide do not emphasize the idea of 'heroic suicide'. Epitomizin...
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Latin America and Africa are among the continents that have experienced a Pentecostal explosion within the last half century. In fact, each of the case stud-ies for this paper, Nigeria and Brazil, has a very vibrant and visible, though small, Pentecostal component in its population. This paper compares the con-temporary challenges faced by Pentecos...

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