Management of Conversion on the Upper Niger and at the Confluence

  • Femi J. Kolapo
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter operationalizes the concept of conversion (and non-conversion) largely from the point of view of the Nigerians who were being proselytized, showing how as a process, it had diverse manifestations as it was inflected and filtered through local lenses and mediated by local needs. The social, political, and domestic implications of the process of conversion and the parameters used by the missionaries to explicate it are highlighted. The chapter analyzes how the engineering of cultural change worked on the ground regarding both the missionaries and the local people, confirming that conversion was more of a negotiated process of religious change and a contested attempt to begin society-wide cultural refashioning.


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  • Femi J. Kolapo
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