What is it about?

Pentecostal Churches have become more visible in contemporary Nigeria because they have come out of their traditional church settings to meet in places like hotels, night clubs, cinema houses and other places previously regarded as sinful. The process and implications of all these interactions are analyzed in this article.

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Why is it important?

My findings show that public spaces are dynamic sites that reflect changes in the wider society and global setting. They are constantly being reinvented and renegotiated. Pentecostals are quick to appropriate this quality and use such spaces to popularize the modern Pentecostal brand among the youth. This increases our understanding of youth culture, and of creativity in Pentecostal expansion.


Writing this article was very exciting for me as it made me grapple with the contradictions in the spatial practices of traditional Pentecostals and those of modern Pentecostal elites.

Olufunke Adeboye
University of Lagos

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This page is a summary of: ‘A Church in a Cinema Hall?’ Pentecostal Appropriation of Public Space in Nigeria, Journal of Religion in Africa, January 2012, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/15700666-12341227.
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