Igbo Culture and the Christian Missions 1857-1957: Conversion in Theory and Practice (Hardback)
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Igbo Culture and the Christian Missions 1857-1957: Conversion in Theory and Practice (Hardback)

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Hardback 348 Pages / Published: 05/11/2009
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This book explores the strategies and methods of the Protestant and Roman Catholic missionaries in Igboland and Igbo response during the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Using oral traditions, primary sources, and the author's life experience as a Christian convert and missionary, the text examines the missions' programs, missteps, and impact.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761848844
Number of pages: 348
Weight: 708 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 30 mm


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A splendid account of the missionary programs among the Igbo, cast in vivid detail, against the background of the indigenous culture. While most studies on the subject concentrate mostly on the transformation of indigenous societies by foreign male evangelists/educators, this author, in addition, deftly integrates the multifaceted role of the Irish Holy Rosary Sisters into the absorbing story...The reader is irresistibly draw into the world of the octogenarian author, a convert to Roman Catholicism, a former RC teacher and government administrator, and a seasoned diplomat...Full of vivid color and emotion and in parts, controversial...a book that should be on the bookshelf of students and scholars, as well as the general reader, interested in the subject of social change. -- Felix K. Ekechi, professor emeritus, Kent State University
Okwu, whose well-established intellectual reputation and global experiences are vividly apparent in this study, has a first-hand knowledge of the transformed world his research focuses on. The missionary church impact on Africa, and the ongoing vibrancy of the new order particularly in Igboland, continues to raise academic and policy tremors still being keenly felt. This book is an excellent and timely addition to this important debate! -- Professor P. Chudi Uwazurike, City College, City University of New York

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