Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa

  • Adeshina Afolayan
  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
  • Toyin Falola

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Adeshina Afolayan, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Toyin Falola
      Pages 3-23
  3. Pentecostalism and Society in Africa

  4. Pentecostalism and/as Politics in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso, Rachael O. Iyanda
      Pages 303-319
    3. Afolarin Olutunde Ojewole, Efe Monday Ehioghae
      Pages 321-341
    4. Kelvin Onongha
      Pages 371-382
  5. Conclusion

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 419-433

About this book


As the epicenter of Christianity has shifted towards Africa in recent decades, Pentecostalism has emerged as a particularly vibrant presence on the continent. This collection of essays offers a groundbreaking study of the complex links between politics and African Pentecostalism. Situated at the intersection between the political, the postcolonial, and global neoliberal capitalism, contributors examine the roots of the Pentecostal movement’s extraordinary growth; how Pentecostalism intervenes in key social and political issues, such as citizenship, party politics, development challenges, and identity; and conversely, how politics in Africa modulate the Pentecostal movement. Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa offers a wide-ranging picture of a central dimension of postcolonial African life, opening up new directions for future research.


Pentecostalism in Africa Pentecostalism in Nigeria Pentecostal movement in Africa political spirituality Pentecostal theology Christianity in Africa postcolonial development in Africa Religious fundamentalism Faith Evangelistic Ministries Pentecostal Panopticism Pentecostal Political Philosophy global Pentecostalism African traditional religions William Seymour ecumenism inter-faith dialogue neoliberalism African Traditional Religions prosperity gospel

Editors and affiliations

  • Adeshina Afolayan
    • 1
  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
    • 2
  • Toyin Falola
    • 3
  1. 1.University of IbadanIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.Babcock UniversityIlishan-RemoNigeria
  3. 3.University of TexasAustin, TXUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-74910-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-74911-2
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