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Associate Professor Asonzeh Ukah

Dr Asonzeh UkahResearch Interest and Competence

Asonzeh Ukah's interests are Religion and Globalisation; Transnational Religion; Media and Material Culture of African Pentecostalism; Popular Culture of Pentecostalism; Pentecostal Advertising;  Faith and Films; Urbanism and Sacred Space.

Field Research Experiences:

Nigeria (1998-1999), Ghana (2000; 2002), Nigeria (2001; 2002; 2005; 2006; 2012), Germany (2000-2007), England (2004), Uganda (2004), Cameroon (2005), Lesotho (2006) and South Africa (2007; 2008; 2009; 2011).



2008 A New Paradigm of Pentecostal Power: The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria. New Jersey & Asmara: Africa World Press/Red Sea Press. 410 pp.

2003 The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria. Local Identities and Global Processes in African Pentecostalism ( 388 pp.

Edited Volume

2016 Bourdieu in Africa: Exploring the Dynamics of Religious Fields (with Magnus Echtler), Leiden: Brill


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2016. “Building God’s City: The Political Economy of Prayer Camps in Nigeria”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies (IJURR), (DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12363).

2016. “Salvation as a Quest for Knowledge: An Extended Review of Nigerian Pentecostalism”, Sapientia Logos, vol. 8, issue 1: 73-90.

2011  “God Unlimited: Economic Transformations of Contemporary Nigerian Pentecostalism”, in: Lionel Obadia & Donald C. Wood (eds) Economics of Religion: Anthropological Approaches (Research in Economic Anthropology Series, vol. 31), Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited: 187-216.

2011  “Banishing Miracles: Policies and Politics of Religious Broadcasting in Nigeria”, Politics and Religion Journal, vol. V, No.1 (Spring): 39-60.

2008  (with Deji Ayegboyin) “Taxonomy of Churches in Africa: The Case of Nigeria”, Ogbomoso Journal of Theology, Vol. XIII(I): 1-21.

2008  “Los Pastores Y La Responsabilidad En El Manejo De Las Finanzas en La Iglesia Pentecostal Del África Occidental”, Antípoda 6, Enero-Junio: 41-70.

2008  “Roadside Pentecostalism: Religious Advertising in Nigeria and the Marketing of Charisma”, Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture 2: 125-141.

2007  “Piety and Profit: Accounting for Money in West African Pentecostalism (Part 1)”, Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, vol. 48 Nrs 3 & 4: 621-632.

2007  Piety and Profit: Accounting for Money in West African Pentecostalism (Part 2)”, Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, vol. 48 Nrs 3 & 4: 633-648.

2006  “Los Expertos en religión Y La Producción de Un Conocimiento (Religioso) Translocal: El Caso De La Iglesia Critiana Redimida De Dios (RCCG), Nigeria”, Antipoda 2, Enero – Junio: 179-207.

2006  “Branding God: Advertising and the Pentecostal Industry in Nigeria”, LIWURAM: Journal of the Humanities 13: 83-106.

2005  “Globalisation of Pentecostalism in Africa: Evidence from the Redeemed Christian Church of God”, IFRA Ibadan Special Research Issue 1: 93-112.

2003  “Advertising God: Nigerian Christian Video-Films and the Power of Consumer Culture”, Journal of Religion in Africa XXX/2: 203-231.

2002 (with Deji Ayegboyin) "Taxonomy of Churches in Nigeria: A Historical Perspective", Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies XXXIV/1-2: 68-86.


(Peer Reviewed) Book Chapters

2016. “Mission-Migration and African diaspora inside the Continent” in Isabel Apawo Phiri, Dietrich Werner, Chammah Kaunda, and Kennedy Owino (eds), Anthology of African Christianity, Oxford: Regnum Books International: 123-133

2016. “Expansion”, in Michael Stausberg and Steve Engler (eds), Oxford Handbook for the Study of Religion, London: Oxford University Press: 665-683.

2016. “Prophecy, Miracle and Tragedy: The Afterlife of T. B. Joshua and the Nigerian State”, in Pieter Coertzen, M. Christian Green, and Len Hansen (eds.) Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa: Prospects and Limitations, Stellenbosch: SUN PReSS: 209-232

2016. “The Deregulation of Piety in the Context of Neoliberal Globalisation: African Pentecostalisms in the 21st Century”, in. Vinson Synan, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu and Amos Yong (eds.), Global Renewal Christianity: Spirit-Empowered Movements Past, Present, and Future, vol. III: Africa, Lake Mary, Fla.: Charisma House Publishers: 212 – 220.

2016. “God, Wealth & The spirit of Investment: Prosperity Pentecostalism in Africa”, in Peter Smith & Sabine Dreher (eds), Religious Activism in the Global Economy: Promoting, Reforming, or Resisting Neoliberal Globalization? London: Rowman & Littlefield International Publishers: 73-90.

2016. “Sexual Bodies, Sacred Vessels: Pentecostal Discourses on Homo­sexuality in Nigeria”, in Ezra Chitando and Adriaan van Klinken (eds), Christianity and Controversies over Homosexuality in Contemporary Africa, Surrey: Ashgate Publishers: 21-37.

2016  “Introduction: Exploring the Dynamics of Religious Fields in Africa” (with Magnus Echtler), in: Magnus Echtler & Asonzeh Ukah (eds), Bourdieu in Africa: Exploring the Dynamics of Religious Fields, Leiden: Brill: 1-32.

2016  “Re-Imagining the Religious Fields: The Rhetoric of Nigerian Pentecostal Pastors in South Africa”, in: Magnus Echtler & Asonzeh Ukah (eds), Bourdieu in Africa: Exploring the Dynamics of Religious Fields, Leiden: Brill: 70-95.

2016  “Religion in the Pre-Contact World: Africa”, in Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Paul Freston and Stephen C. Dove (eds), The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 47-61.

2015  “Managing Miracles: Ambiguities in the Regulation of Religious Broadcasting in Nigeria”, in: Rosalind I. J. Hackett & Benjamin Soares (eds), New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa, Bloomington: Indiana University Press: 245-265.

2015  “Obeying Caesar to Obey God” The Dilemmas of Registering of Religious Organisations in Nigeria”, in Pieter Coertzen, M. Christian Green & Len Hansen (eds), Law and Religion in Africa: The Quest for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies, Stellenbosch: Sun MeDIA Publications: 309-329.

2014  “Redeeming Urban Spaces: The Ambivalence of Building a Pentecostal City in Lagos”, in Jochen Becker, Katrin Klingan, Stephan Lanz, Kathrin Wildner (eds), Global Prayers Contemporary Manifestations of the Religious in the City, Zurich: Lars Műller Publishers: 178-197.

2014  “The Midwife or the Handmaid? Religion in Political Advertising in Nigeria”, in Joachim Küpper, Klaus W. Hempfer, Erika Fischer-Lichte (eds), Religion and Society in the 21st Century, (Berlin: De Gruyter Publishers): 87-114.

2013  “Prosperity Theology”, in Annalisa Butticci (ed.) Na God. Aesthetics of African Charismatic Power, Grafiche Turato Edizioni: 77-79.

2013  “Born-Again Muslims: The Ambivalence of Pentecostal Response to Islam in Nigeria”, in: Akintunde E. Akinade (ed.), Fractured Spectrum: Perspectives in Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria, New York: Peter Lang Publishing: 43-62.

2013  “Prophets for Profit: Pentecostal Authority and Fiscal Accountability among Nigerian Churches in South Africa”, in: Afe Adogame, Magnus Echtler & Oliver Freiberger (eds), Alternative Voices: A Plurality Approach for Religious Studies Essays in Honor of Ulrich Berner, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Publishers, 2013: 131-159.

2012  “Religion and Globalization”, in Elias Kifon Bongmba (ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Africa Religions, New York: Blackwell Publisher: 503-514.

2012  “Mediating Armageddon: Popular Christian Video-Films as a Source of Conflict in Nigeria”, in: James Howard Smith and Rosalind I. J. Hackett (eds), Displacing the State: Religion and Conflict in Neoliberal Africa, Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press: 209-239.

2011  (With Afe Adogame) “Viewing a Masquerade from Different Spots? Conceptual Reflections on the ‘Globalization’ and ‘Pentecostalism’ Discourse”. In: Afe Adogame (ed), Who is Afraid of the Holy Ghost? Pentecostalism and Globalization in Africa and Beyond, Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press: 11-36.

2011  “Die Welt erobern, um das Himmelreich zu errichten. Pfingstkirchen, Prayer Camps und Stadtenwicklung in Lagos”, in: MetroZone (ed.) Urban Prayers. Die weltweite Renaissance religiöser Bewegungen in den Metropolen: Berlin: Assoziation A und metroZone: 109-127.

2010  “God@eBay: Nigerian Churches in South Africa”, in: David O. Ogungbile & Akintunde E. Akinade (eds), Creativity and Change in Nigerian Christianity, Lagos: Malthouse Publishing Limited: 333-348.

2009  “Contesting God: Nigerian Pentecostals and their Relations with Islam and Muslims”, In: David Westerlund (ed.), Global Pentecostalism: Encounters with Other Religious Traditions, London and New York: I. B. Tauris & Co Ltd.: 93-114.

2009  “Reverse Mission or Asylum Christianity? African Christian Churches in Britain”, in: Toyin Falola and Augustine Agwuele (eds), Africans and the Politics of Popular Cultures, Rochester: University of Rochester Press: 104-132.

2009 (with Magnus Echtler) "Born Again Witches and Videos in Nigeria", in: David Westerlund (eds), Global Pentecostalism: Encounters with Other Religious Traditions, London and New York: I. B. Tauris & Co Ltd: 73-92.

2008  “Seeing is more than Believing: Posters and Proselytization in Nigeria”, in: Rosalind I. J. Hackett (ed.), Proselytization Revisited: Rights Talk, Free Markets and Culture Wars, London: Equinox Publishing Limited: 167-198.

2005  “’Those Who Trade with God Never Lose’: The Economics of Pentecostal Activism in Nigeria”, in: Toyin Falola (ed.), Christianity and Social Change in Africa: Essays in Honor of John Peel, Carolina: Carolina Academic Press: 251-274.

2005  “Mobilities, Migration and Multiplication: The Expansion of the Religious Field of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria”, in: Afe Adogame and Weissköppel, Cordula (eds) Religion in the Context of African Migration Studies, Bayreuth: Bayreuth African Studies Series: 317-341.

2005  “The Local and the Global in the Media and Material Culture of Nigerian Pentecostalism”, in: Laurent Fourchard and Mary André Otayek (eds), Entreprises religieuses transnationales en Afrique de l’Ouest, Eds, (Paris: Karthala and Ibadan: IFRA): 285-313.

2004  “Pentecostalism, Religious Expansion and the City: Lesson from the Nigerian Bible Belt”, in: Peter Probst and Gerd Spittler (eds), Resistance and Expansion: Explorations of Local Vitality in Africa, Lit: Münster: 415-441.

2004  “Religiös Propaganda in Afrika“, in: Dieter Kramer and Wendelin Schmidt (eds) Plakate in Afrika, Frankfurt/M: Museum der Weltkul-turen: 83-88.

2002  “Reklame für Gott: Religiös Werbung in Nigeria“, in: Tobias Wendl (ed.), Afrikanische Reklamekunst, Wuppertal: Peter Hammer Verlag GmbH: 148-153.


Further publications:

2015  “What about Religion?”, in: Ebenezar Obadera (ed), Nigeria: What is to be Done, (eBook),

Book Review: Terence Ranger O. (ed.), Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008),, in: H-Pentecostalism, H-Net Reviews, 2009

Book Review: Harmione Harris, Yoruba in Diaspora - An African Church in London (New York: Macmillan Palgrave, 2006), in: Pneuma: Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, vol. 30, 2008, S. 178 - 179

African Christianities - Features, prospects and Problems,, 2007 co-authered with Yann Lebeau, Ifeanyi Onyeonoru: Science in Africa at the Dawn of the 21st Century - Country Report on Nigeria,, 2000