Nigeria: Megapastors and Megachurches


This project helps map the religious dynamics and political ramifications of Christianity in postcolonial Nigeria. The project provides short descriptions of prominent leaders and institutions.

The project focuses in particular on Pentecostals, one of the most important Christian constituencies in Nigeria, throughout Africa, and around the world.

This is a work in progress, and the author welcomes recommendations and feedback.

Secondary Source Bibliography (Organized by Recommended Reading Order)

Pew Forum, Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals (2006; see the section on Nigeria here).

Nimi Wariboko, Nigerian Pentecostalism (University of Rochester Press, 2014).

Ruth Marshall, Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Daniel Jordan Smith, “‘The Arrow of God’: Pentecostalism, Inequality, and the Supernatural in South-Eastern Nigeria,” Africa 71:4 (2001): 587-613.


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