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The whole thesis dealt with Christianity in Urhoboland throughout the period before Independence. The dates 1901 and 1961 are significant for the history of Christianity in the area. In 1901, Bishop James Johnson, a major architect of Christianity in Urhoboland, first visited Warri, Sapele, and Benin, and helped organise the nascent Christian congregations he met in these places. He watered the mustard seeds of the faith planted by Saros from Freetown, Sierra Leone, Gold Coasters, Yoruba merchants and ex-slaves in Warri, Sapele, Urhuovie, Abraka and environs. In 1961, a year after Nigeria's attainment of Independence, and two years before the creation of Mid-Western Nigeria (now know as Bendel State), Agori Iwe, one of those who responded positively to Christianity and education introduced to the Itsekiri, Urhobo, and Isoko country as a result of the hard work of Bishop James, Johnson, was consecration on that day and in that place is of particular historical interest when it is realized that his primary school education, and his initial training for the full-time ministry of the Church happened in St. Andrew's Primary School Warri, and in St. Andrew's College Oyo, respectively. Enough for the significance of 1901 and 1961. The expression Urhoboland, as used in the original thesis covered the country of the Urhobo and Isoko sparkers because throughout the period covered by the thesis that was the understanding of that particular geographical expression. The first part of the thesis dealt essentially with the traditional religion as a necessary background knowledge before the advent of Christianity, then the advent and spread of Christianity, the encounter between the traditional religion and Christianity, and concluded with a chapter - "Profit and Loss" - which is an assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of Christianity in the Urhobo milieu.
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Book Description Daystar Press, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1979. Pictorial Soft Cover. Condition: Fair. Cover has come loose. Clean text, pages tightly bound together. Cover has soiling, stains, fading, tiny tear. Seller Inventory # 117091