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  1. Deji Isaac Ayegboyin

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0018

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Ayegboyin, D. I. 2011. Aladura. The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


One of the most remarkable examples of African indigenous religious creativity is the Aladura, a group of churches basically of Yoruba origin. The churches emerged in Western Nigeria from the 1920s, as charismatic, revitalization, prophetic, and healing movements. They arose, in some respects, as a cultural response to a crisis situation, calling attention to their severing links with mission churches and western culture. Since their emergence, they have been in the vanguard of indigenizing Christianity in an African context.


  • aladura, and prayer;
  • african indigenous religious creativity;
  • nothing, being impossible with prayer;
  • life of prayer;
  • african initiatives in Christianity;
  • african independent churches;
  • aladura churches;
  • christ apostolic church (CAC), C&S;
  • precious society, in Nigeria;
  • prayer group, and faith tabernacle