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The celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Presbyterian Women's Centre in Abokobi in Ghana can be seen as one more expression of a key phenomenon of the 20th and 21st century, namely that Christianity has come to be a religion embraced especially by women and not least in Africa. For Africa, the notion of the Christian religion as represented by womanhood is reflected in popular perceptions, as when women appear as icons of proper Christianity. It was in the course of the 19th century that, for the first time, large numbers of women in sub-Saharan Africa came into contact with Christianity. The area where the Basel Mission was first active is today located in South-Eastern Ghana. The role of mission archives for historiography dealing with West Africa is discussed and put to pragmatic use in a number of cases, not least in John Peel's publications on Christianity in Yorubaland.

Keywords: 19th century; Abokobi; Africa; Basel Mission; Christianity; Ghana; Presbyterian Women's Centre



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