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Is the Indigenous spirituality of Africa able to positively domesticate African Christianity? – Harvard Gazette

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In this ever-relevant interview, Nigeria’s Prof. Jacob Olupona confesses a conscious negotiation of his christian and African identities in a representative demonstration of the continuity of African religions in African Christianity. The details offer ideas on what makes for the complex manifestations of African Christianity.

Though larger religions have made big inroads, traditional belief systems, which are based on openness and adaptation, endure.

One of Jacob Olupona’s earliest memories in Massachusetts is of nearly freezing in his apartment as a graduate student at Boston University during the great snowstorm of 1978. “I had it. I told my father that I was coming home,” he recalled. But after braving that first blizzard in a land far from his native Nigeria, Olupona stuck it out and earned his Ph.D. He went on to conduct some of the most significant research on African religions in decades.

Olupona, professor of indigenous African religions at Harvard Divinity School and professor of African and African-American studies in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, recently sat down for an interview about his lifelong research on indigenous African religions.

Read the full interview titled, The spirituality of AfricaHarvard Gazette.

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