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Creative Destruction, Pentecostalism, and the Spectacle of Ghana’s National Cathedral

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Department of Geography & GIS
Virtual
Date
Sep 25, 2020   3:00 - 4:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Kwame Tsikudo, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Cost
This event is free and open to public
Registration
Registration
Contact
Department of Geography & GIS
E-Mail
geography@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Geography and Geographic Information Science

On March 6th, 2017, Ghana’s president, Akuffo-Addo, announced plans to construct a 5,000-seater capacity cathedral in Accra, to honor God. Although the state has been involved in religious affairs over the years, the president’s plans to build a cathedral takes this engagement a notch higher. In addition to broaching questions of religious diversity and elevating Christian religion over others, issues of appropriate dissipation of national resources dominate discourse on the cathedral project.

 

This talk problematizes the ongoing project and suggests politicians hijacking of religion for political gains. Drawing on preliminary research, the talk advances the claims that religion provides unbridled benefits to those who know how to harness it; Ghanaian politicians invoke God to enforce political ideologies and control the masses.

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