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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 (1998–99; 2001 - 2002; 2005; 2006; 2012; 2016); Ghana (2000; 2002); Germany (2000–2007); England (2004); Cameroon (2005), Lesotho (2006); South Africa (2007; 2008; 2009; 2011) and Uganda (2004, 2016, 2017). 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).

CV of Professor A Ukah 



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

I.           2021. “Apocalyptic Homophobia: Freedom of Religious Expression, Hate Speech, and The Pentecostal Discourses on Same-Sex Relations in Africa”, Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 36, no. 1:1-20, DOI:  

II.         2020. “Prosperity, Prophecy and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Healing Economy of African Pentecostalism”, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, vol. 42, issues 3-4: 430-459, DOI:

III.        2019. “’To Love a Muslim is Christian’: Religion Education in Africa through the life Trajectory of Joseph Peter Kenny, O.P. (1936-2013)”, Pharos Journal of Theology, vol. 100: 1-15.

IV.        2019. “Die afrikanische Pfingstbewegung: Eine neoliberale Wemde im 21. Jahrhundret“, Forum Weltkirche, 6. November/Dezember: 26-30.

V.         2018. “’Everything is Plastic’: The Faith of Unity Movement and the Making of a Post-Catholic Religion in Uganda”, Journal of the Study of Religion, vol. 32, no. 2: 138-160.

VI.        2018. “Emplacing God: The Social Worlds of Miracle Cities — Perspectives from Nigeria and Uganda”, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, vol. 36, issue 3: 351-368; DOI: 10.1080/02589001.2018.1492094 

VII.       2018. “Pentecostal Apocalypticism: Hate Speech, Contested Citizenship, and Religious Discourses on Same-Sex Relations in Nigeria”, Journal of Citizenship Studies, vol. 22, No. 6: 633-649, DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2018.1494906.

VIII.      2017. (with Tammy Wilks). “Peter Berger and The Sacred Canopy and theorizing the African Religious context”, Journal of American Academy of Religion, Vol. 84, Issue 4, (doi:10.1093/jaarel/lfx080): 1147-1154.

IX.        2016. “Building God’s City: The Political Economy of Prayer Camps in Nigeria”, International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies (IJURR), vol. 40, Issue 3: 524-540, (DOI:10.1111/1468-2427.12363).

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

XI.        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.

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

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

XIV.      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.

XV.       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.

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

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

XVIII.    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.

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

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

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

XXII.     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

47. 2021 “The Political Economy of Religious Violence in Africa”, in Ezra Chitando & Joram Tarusarira (eds), Themes in Religion and Security in Africa, Routledge 2020: 40-55.

46. 2021 “Sacred Surplus and The Split God: The Moral Economy of Salvation and Miracle in African Pentecostalism” in: Toyin Falola (ed.), Nimi Wariboko: Social Ethics, Economy, Society and Religion, Carolina Academic Press, 2020: 209-222.

45. 2020 “Is Homosexuality the Eternal Sin? A Critique of Pentecostal Arguments against Same-Sex Relations in Africa” in Chammah J. Kaunda (ed) Gender, Sexuality, and Spiritualities in African Pentecostalism: 'Your Body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit', Palgrave Macmillan: 305-324.

44. 2020 "Wundermanagement – Gesetz, Autorität und Regulierung religiösen Rundfunks in Nigeria“, in: Bernt Schnettler, Thorsten Szydlik and Helen Pach (eds), Religiöse Kommunikation und weltanschauliches. Wissen Kommunikative Konstruktionen unabweisbarer Gewissheiten und ihre gesellschaftlichen Wirkungen, Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien: 81-101.

43. 2020 “Sacred Surplus and Pentecostal Too-Muchness: The Salvation Economy of African Mega-Churches”, In: Stephen Hunt (ed.), Handbook of Megachurches, Leiden: Brill: 323-344.

42. 2020 “’God Reload’: The Pentecostal Political Transgression and Africa’s Non-Secularity”, in: Uchenna Okeja (ed.) Religion in the Era of Postsecularism, New York: Routledge: 148-170.

41. 2019 “Healing Humankind and Ritual Entrepreneurialism: The Faith of Unity Religion in Uganda”. In: M. Christian Green (ed.), Law, Religion and Human Flourishing in Africa, Stellenbosch: SUN PReSS: 225-241.

40. 2019 “Pentecostal Apocalypticism: Hate Speech, Contested Citizenship, and Religious Discourses on Same-Sex Relations in Nigeria”, In: Adriaan van Klinken and Ebenezer Obadare (eds), Christianity, Sexuality and Citizenship in Africa, Oxford: Routledge: 77-93

39. 2019 “Is Religion the Curse/Cause of War? The Political Economy of Religious Conflicts in Africa”. In: Ezra Chitando and Joram Tarusarira (eds), Religion and Human Security in Africa, Oxford: Routledge: 17-33.

38. 2018 “Faith, Fame, and Fortune: Varieties of Nigerian Worship in Global Christianity”, in Oxford Handbook of Nigerian Politics, edited by A Carl LeVan & Patrick Ukata, Oxford University Press: 728-742.

37. 2018 “Faith of Unity”, World Religions and Spirituality Project, edited by David Bromley,

36. 2018 “Neither Jew Nor Greek: Class, Ethnicity and Race in the Pentecostal Movements in Africa”, in Adeshina Afolayan, Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso & Toyin Falola (eds), Pentecostalism and Politics in Africa, New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 203-219.

35. 2018 “Charisma as Spectacle: Photographs and the Construction of a Pentecostal Urban Piety in Nigeria”, in Felicitas Becker, Joel Cabrita and Marie Rodet (eds) Religion, Media and Marginality in Modern Africa, Ohio University Press, 2018: 175-201.

34. 2018 “Vox Die, Vox Populi: Pentecostal Citizenship and Political Participation in Nigeria since 1999”, in Barbara Bompani & Caroline Valois (eds), Christian Citizenship and the moral Regeneration of the African State: Locating the Relationship between Religion, Society and Political Transformation in Africa, Ashgate: 35-48.

33. 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

32. 2016 “Expansion”, in Michael Stausberg and Steve Engler (eds), Oxford Handbook for the Study of Religion, London: Oxford University Press: 665-683.

31. 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

30. 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.

29. 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.

28. 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.

27. 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.

26. 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.

25. 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.

24. 2015 "What about Religion?", in: Ebenezar Obadera (ed), Nigeria: What is to be Done, (eBook), 

23. 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.

22. 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.

21. 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.

20. 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.

19. 2014 “The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)”, World Religions and Spirituality Project, edited by David Bromley,

18. 2013 “Prosperity Theology”, in Annalisa Butticci (ed.) Na God. Aesthetics of African Charismatic Power, Grafiche Turato Edizioni: 77-79.

17. 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.

16. 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.

15. 2012 “Religion and Globalization”, in Elias Kifon Bongmba (ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Africa Religions, New York: Blackwell Publisher: 503-514.

14. 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.

13. 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.

12. 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.

11. 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.

10. 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.

9. 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.

8. 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.

7. 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.

6. 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.

5. 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.

4. 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.

3. 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.

2. 2004 “Religiös Propaganda in Afrika“, in: Dieter Kramer and Wendelin Schmidt (eds) Plakate in Afrika, Frankfurt/M: Museum der Weltkul-turen: 83-88.

1. 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),

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

2007 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

2006 ook 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