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Towards an African Theology

The Igbo Context in Nigeria

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Peter Chidi Okuma

Towards an African Theology. The Igbo Con text in Nigeria is a study about the challenge facing contemporary African theology today. It aims at transposing the theoretical doctrines of faith into practical guidelines. The author outlines the history, culture and life setting of the Igbo in Nigeria and develops a theological hermeneutics that would give an answer to African Christians’ present faith and situation. He discusses Igbo theology in praxis and as a discipline and considers what contribution Igbo theology could make to the church, humanity and world order.

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CHAPTER THREE. Understanding the Igbo 69

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69 CHAPTER THREE Understanding the Igbo The effort here is not to retrace the entire history of the Igbo, the complexity of their ‘religiosity,’ culture and values. But suffice it to say that the present Igbo are among the main three tribes in Nigeria, whereas, the other two are Hausa and Yoruba. Majority of the Hausa are Muslims and have their concentration in the Northern part of Nigeria. The Yoruba are mostly Christians too, but live mainly in the South- western part of Nigeria. On the other hand, the Igbo are mainly located in what may be called today the Southeastern part of Nigeria, although they are scattered all over the Country, this makes them often victims of the Muslim-Christian Political power game that often manifests itself in Religious riots and mutiny in the Northern part of Nigeria. The Igbo could be said to form the greatest majority of Christians in Nigeria. And could also be found in every part of the world. The Igbo are religious people. This is to say that they carry their re- ligion wherever they are, in the field of sowing seeds or harvesting crops to ceremonies – parties, funerals and so on. It is this fact that makes the Igbo so religious. In fact, religion occupies their whole system of being. This fact evolved through centuries as they experienced life and re- flected upon realities and mysteries. Their religiosity is integrated into their whole worldview. In this sense their worldview is to be seen...

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