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Pentecostalism and the Practice of Religions in Nigeria: Adaptation and Transformation

A103
Panel Chair: Danoye Oguntola Laguda | Friday, August 28, 1:30-3 p.m. | Venue

In Nigeria, Pentecostalism has become the unconventional traits of all religious beliefs and practices. It is synonymous though with Christianity, however a critical evaluation of its features and characteristics shows that it is now a common feature of other religions in Nigeria. Pentecostalism is built on spiritual engagements. It has come to be seen as one of the most dynamic movements as well as a formidable force of change in human spirituality leading to social and economic development of both the nation and the person(s). In Nigeria, this brand of religious participation has altered the way individuals reconstruct “self” in religious participation and values, as well as the social and economic practices of groups and corporate organizations. This study seeks to explore reasons for the appropriation of Pentecostal features and characteristics by religions as practice in Nigeria. Qualitative and quantitative research methods shall be deployed by scholars of various background to explore the thesis that Pentecostalism has become a model for all religions in Nigeria even though it has a Christian origin.

Adeoluwa Okunade

Church Music and Music in the Church: A Contemporary Pentecostal Phenomenon in Nigerian Churches

The Pentecostalism fire in Nigerian churches is a wild one that has consumed the traditional music in the churches to the extent that most mainline churches do no longer lay emphasis or cherish the church music as given by the early missionaries. This new experience queries what could be responsible for this. Is it modernity, spirituality, or identity problems? This paper looks at the elements and differences that constitute church music and music in the church using four different churches-three mainline churches and one Pentecostal, to draw its conclusion. With bibliographical evidences and audio-visual examples, the paper justifies the title.

Atinuke Okunade

Reflections of Pentecostalism in Nigerian Baptist Churches

The Baptist mission came to Nigeria in 1850 from America as an Evangelical church. The order of worship service remained evangelical cum orthodox until the last two and half decades that the wave of Pentecostalism spread over all the churches under the convention- Nigerian Baptist Convention. These reflections have become prominent in every item of the order of worship service that new entrants into the church may not agree that the convention is a not member of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, an umbrella body that brings all Pentecostal churches together in Nigeria. This paper looks at these reflections as against the heritage handed over to the Nigerian Baptist by the American missionary. With Participant Observation of more than three decades, this paper submits its result with bibliographical evidences.

Danoye Oguntola Laguda

Evaluating Pentecoastalism among African Religious groups in Nigeria

Pentecostalism has become the “unconventional” traits of major religious groups in Nigeria. Pentecostalism has come to be seen as one of the most dynamic movements as well as a formidable force of change in human spirituality in Nigeria, this brand of religious participation is altering not just the way individuals reconstruct “self” in religious participation and values, but It is also changing the social and economic practices of religious groups. This leads to a much more fluid service than the old styles. As a genre in Christian spiritual models, Pentecostalism emphasises spiritual experiences and encounters that are appealing to post-colonial Nigeria where poverty, diseases and illiteracy are common elements that challenged the life of the people. These traits are no longer limited to the Christian groups in Nigeria. African Traditional groups are not left out in the efforts to set up “prayer market”, healing programs, appropriating the media, etc that are the basic characteristics of Pentecostals.

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