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The Life and Ministry of Prophet Garrick Sokari Braide

Elijah the Second of Niger Delta, Nigeria (c. 1882-1918)

Chinonyerem Chijioke Ekebuisi

This study investigates the life and activities of Garrick Sokari Idikatima Braide, an African prophet, missionary and revivalist, in the evangelization of the Niger Delta area of Nigeria from 1890 to 1920. The book focuses on Braide’s revival movement and its impact on the mainstream churches and the grassroots spread of Christianity, which reached over a million people in an area where the progress of Christianity had been very slow. Overall, the book reinterprets reports and publications on Garrick Braide in order to highlight African initiatives in the Christian evangelization of Nigeria. It also traces the chronological developments in Braide’s ministry and the reasons behind his conflict with the Niger Delta Pastorate Board and his persecution by the colonial administration. The book further contributes to the debate on the reasons for the mass conversion of the Igbo to Christianity in the early decades of the twentieth century and the African origin of Pentecostalism in general.
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Chapter Four: History of Garrick Sokari Idikatima Braide



This chapter reveals the family history and the early formation of Garrick Braide as well as the influences that shaped his prophetic ministry. It attempts to reveal his activities as a member of the Niger Delta Pastorate Church and the growth this church witnessed in consequence of his missionary activities. The major aim of this chapter will be to correct the obvious misplacements and errors in interpretation in the literature about Garrick Braide and finally to make attempts at presenting the developments in Garrick Braide’s ministry in a chronological manner.

The exact date on which Garrick Sokari Daketima Braide was born is not known. However, there are pointers that indicate roughly when. M. A. Kemmer, the earliest writer on Braide and his mentor, reported in 1909 on ‘a young man of about 25 to 27 years of age.’1 Following this lead, we can safely assume that Garrick Sokari Braide was born between 1882 and 1885. He was born into the family of Bosi Daketima and Abariginia. His father Bosi Daketima was originally an Igbo2 and his mother Abariginia came ← 77 | 78 → from the Agu house of Obonoma. According to Tasie, the Agu families of Obonoma town were the custodians of the Ogu divinity cult and, on more than one occasion, a member of these families had served as this divinity’s chief priest.3 Owing to the kind of status Bosi had as a bought slave, he may have paid a low bride price, which meant...

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