SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Private View - The Spiritual Highway: Religious World Making in Megacity Lagos

Marloes Janson, Richard Fardon

Date: 1 May 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 1 May 2014Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery & Roof Garden

Type of Event: Exhibition

The Spiritual Highway exhibition is a result of the work that prize-winning photographer Akintunde Akinleye and SOAS Anthropology lecturer Marloes Janson produced during the summer of 2013, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, as part of a project to explore and record centres of religion that have become known as ‘prayer cities’.

They concentrated on two of these: The Christian Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries or MFM Prayer City and the Muslim Nasrul-Lahi-Fatih Society of Nigeria, which translates as ‘There is no help except from Allah’ and is abbreviated to NASFAT. These prayer cities are huge in scale with  congregations of tens of thousands, competing with each other for new converts by offering a range of facilities and services ranging from faith healing, to education and health care. Challenging conventional assumptions of Christianity and Islam as bounded and distinct traditions, this project focuses instead on the convergence between the two religious traditions, thereby crossing boundaries and blurring sharp distinctions. The convergence of Pentecostal Christianity and revivalist Islam in the ways religion articulates with urbanity makes the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway a true  crossroads.

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Organiser: The Centre of African Studies, University of London and Brunei Gallery

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