Historical Overview of Pentecostalism in Nigeria

Origins and Growth 1910s-1920s: Around 1910, an Anglican deacon launches an indigenous prophetic movement that later becomes the Christ Army Church. Following an influenza epidemic in 1918, revivals flare within the mission churches and the Christ Army Church. Spirit-filled groups also expand, including those known by the Yoruba word Aladura (“praying people”). Early Aladura churches include the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and…

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Pastor Abiara remarries, says it’s God’s directive

The immediate past General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church worldwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has taken a new wife. At a brief but colourful ceremony in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, on Thursday, the 75-year-old walked his new bride, Grace Ojewande, down the aisle, one and half years after he lost his spouse, Christianah, of over 50 years. The wedding,…

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Billy Graham Dies At 99

Billy Graham the famed televangelist who became known as “America’s Pastor,” has died at the age of 99, MSNBC and CBS reported. Born in 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina, William Franklin Graham Jr. was the oldest of the four children of William and Morrow Graham. He was raised on a dairy farm, and little in his childhood suggested he would become a world-renowned…

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It Is Time To Renegotiate Our Union – Pastor Bakare

BEING TEXT OF SPEECH BY PASTOR ‘TUNDE BAKARE AT THE STATE OF THE NATION BROADCAST ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018. VENUE: THE LATTER RAIN ASSEMBLY, END-TIME CHURCH, 4, AKILO ROAD, OFF OBA AKRAN AVENUE, OGBA, IKEJA, LAGOS, NIGERIA. THEME: IT IS TIME TO RENEGOTIATE OUR UNION SCRIPTURAL TEXTS: JEREMIAH 8:20–22; 9:1–9. Introduction For today’s State of the Nation broadcast, I have chosen as a…

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Tunde Bakare: God has asked me to return to politics; run for president

Pastor Tunde Bakare, Serving Overseer  of Latter Rain Assembly, said he has been told by God to run for the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not end his political career. Pastor Bakare in 2011 had contested alongside current President Mohammodu Buhari as his running mate on the platform on the defunct Congress for Pregressive Change. The Lagos-based cleric…

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India to jail muslims divorcing wives with ‘triple talaq’

The Indian government on Thursday introduced a bill in parliament aimed at prosecuting and jailing Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq”, or instant divorce. Indian muslim women have  complained that ‘triple talaq’ violates their right to equality. In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional , the religious practice which allows Muslim men to divorce their…

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How I became Christian again: my long journey to find faith again

After experiencing the horrors of war, Bryan Mealer lost his faith. Morning runs with a priest – and a visit to a more welcoming church – helped restore it

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God is not Sangiri Lagiri, it’s an attribute of Sango

Do not let any Yoruba worship leader come on your church altar to call God Sangiri Lagiri, it’s not one of God’s attributes. It’s one of Sango’s oriki and I do not know how we foolishly let that sneaked into our worship culture. “Sangiri Lagiri Olagiri kaka figba edun bo Inan Loju Inan lenu Oloju orogbo eleeke obi A tu…

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I’ve given out 2 Hummer Jeeps, 35 other cars in 3 years — Pastor Ashimolowo

Popular Nigeria-born pastor and televangelist, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo has disclosed that he has dolled out at least 37 cars in the last three and a half years in his personal capacity. The founder and Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) London made the disclosure at the ongoing 2017 Economic Summit of the Master’s Place Int’l Church (TMP) at Effurun-Warri, Delta State….

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T.B. JOSHUA: MURDER IN THE CHURCH (PART 1)

A few weeks ago I tweeted that I would write an essay about the bombing of a building at Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua’s Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN). Though I have been writing essays and contributing to the public discourse for over 27 years, I have never received the number of threats from known and unknown sources as I…

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