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The Pan-African Church: Nation, Self, And Spirit In Winners’ Chapel, Nigeria

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"Shiloh" is the name given to the Winners' Chapel's year-end revival, held in early December each year at the church's 530-acre campus and international headquarters (aka "Canaanland') in Ota, Ogun State, on the far outskirts of metropolitan Lagos. This chapter addresses the following questions: How it is that both national and transnational sentiments could develop and intensify simultaneously within the very same set of discourses and practices? What social or conceptual developments within Nigerian and African culture might be fuelling the rise of this now ascendant perspective? This chapter argues that the Pentecostal embrace of the Holy Spirit as the sole anchor of subjectivity is the primary theological expression of such demoralized selves.

Keywords: African culture; Holy Spirit; Nigerian culture; Winners' Chapel



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