Scottish Missionaries in Nigeria. Foundation, Transformation and Development Among the Amasiri (1927-1944)

Author: Obinna, Elijah
Year:2013
Pages:280
ISBN:0-7734-3041-5
978-0-7734-3041-9
Price:199.95
A fresh insight into the relationship between Scottish missionaries and the indigenous peoples in Africa which focuses on the outcomes of missionary activities in the process of imperial conquest and colonization among the Amasiri, of Ebonyi state in southeastern Nigeria.

Reviews

“Christianity saw the introduction of new meanings, ideas and practices into indigenous religions, but Christianity was in turn transformed and revitalized.This book brings new, rich historical details to that experience.”
-Dr. Afe Adogame
University of Edinburgh

“Dr. Obinna has boldly demonstrated that Africans were not just passive recipients of the Christian gospel but active agents in the challenging task of indigenizing the Christian religion.”
-Dr. Ezichi A. Ituma
University of Nigeria

Table of Contents

Abstract
Foreword by Afe Adogame
Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Glossary
Methodology
Review of Literature
CHAPTER ONE
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE AMASIRI CLAN
A Brief Historical Account of the Origin of the Amasiri
The Religious Structure
Indigenous Leadership Structures
The Socio-economic Life
CHAPTER TWO
CHRISTIAN MISSION TO NIGERIA
Historicizing Nigeria
Historiography of Christianity in Nigeria
Scottish Mission to Nigeria
Background of the Church of Scotland
Scottish Mission to Calabar
Abolition of Slave Trade
Jamaica Mission Presbytery
Missionary Representation of Calabar
CHAPTER THREE
MARY SLESSOR ‘QUEEN’ OF CALABAR
Early Life
Missionary Work in Nigeria
Serving the Church in Nigeria
Missionary Legacies
CHAPTER FOUR
SCOTTISH MISSION TO THE AMASIRI CLAN
Establishment of the Church of Scotland Mission
Arochukwu Long Juju (Ibiniukpabi) Factor
The Missionary Establishment
CHAPTER FIV
THE SCOTTISH MISSION AND INDIGENOUS CULTURES
Missionary Christianity and indigenous Culture
Concept of Death
Funeral Ritual
Ancestors and Naming
Christian Mission and Polygamy
Mission, Sickness and Healing
Indigenous Music and Masquerade
CHAPTER SIX
SCOTTISH MISSIONARY LEGACIES
Education
Decolonizing Collective Mentality
Re-Framing the Mind
Bibliography
Index