‘A WALK FOR AFRICA’: COMBATING THE DEMON OF HIV/AIDS IN AN AFRICAN PENTECOSTAL CHURCH – THE CASE OF THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

Afe Adogame

Abstract


The HIV/Aids pandemic is one crisis that has catapulted the African continent into
global limelight, particularly in the last decade. In spite of the common rhetoric
whipped by the international community, prevention and impact mitigation
responses have been largely hypocritical, half-hearted and grossly inadequate. The
scourge seems to have defied any discernible medical, therapeutic and curative
measures, thus leaving it to gradually erode the fabric of these societies. Religious
groups have been largely affected, especially as youth, the highest HIV/Aids riskgroup,
swell their membership. This shapes the responses of religious groups and
poses a crucial challenge to their beliefs, ritual practices and worldviews. Using the
example of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria and Diaspora, this
article demonstrates the various mechanisms employed to combat the epidemic. The
RCCG conceptualization of disease and healing is central in understanding these
responses and measures in combating HIV/Aids.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/89-0-1026

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