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Crazy World, Crazy Faith! Prayer, Power and Transformation in a Nigerian Prayer City

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This chapter analyses the power of a crowd at prayer and its vision of redemption, freedom, and equality. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) began in 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria, as a small praying group of eight people in the apartment of Daniel Olukoya and his wife Shade Olukoya. The peculiarity of the MFM prayer style gave the church a unique identity within the Pentecostal and Charismatic African churches. Prayer City contributes in important ways to the very meaning of MFM prayer and to the shape and content of the source of power of that prayer in contemporary Nigerian society. MFM Prayer City is an emotional and dissenting space where the crowd becomes a political body and the voice of the crowd tells a passionate Nigerian postcolonial counter-narrative of equality, freedom and liberation from old and new oppressive power.

Keywords: Daniel Olukoya; MFM Prayer City; Nigerian society; Pentacostal and Charismatic African churches; Shade Olukoya



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