What is it about?

A largely critical assessment of the performance of French Jesuit missionaries in Chad and Cameroon from 1936 to 1978, highlighting delayed Africanization of the church in the former country and struggles for power in the latter.

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Why is it important?

While summarizing the book, the review offers the reader a helpful guide through a complex text on Christian missions in French West Africa before and immediately after independence.


It is hoped that this review will help readers engage directly with Enyegue's book to appreciate the complexity of Christian missions in Africa during the colonial period and challenges to the Africanization of churches in the first decades of independence.

Festo Mkenda
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This page is a summary of: Jean Luc Enyegue, S.J., Competing Catholicisms: The Jesuits, the Vatican and the Making of Postcolonial French Africa, Journal of Jesuit Studies, January 2023, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/22141332-10010011-14.
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