'The best work on religion in Nigeria that I have read in recent years. It will have a profound impact on African studies, religion and sociology.'
Jacob Olupona, Harvard Divinity School
‘A work that combines theoretical sophistication with an elegant analysis of a complex cultural phenomenon. Obadare is a brilliant writer whose passion, conviction, and deep knowledge of Nigeria’s political and religious terrain comes across vividly and persuasively.
Simeon O. Ilesanmi, Wake Forest University
‘An excellent and provocative analysis of political Pentecostalism in Nigeria. Written in eminently fluid prose, the book stages a new paradigm for the study of democracy and charismatic Christianity. Quite simply, brilliant.’
Nimi Wariboko, author of Nigerian Pentecostalism
‘A brilliant exposé of the central role of religion, particularly Pentecostalism, in Nigeria's political landscape. The narrative is gripping and the insights compelling. A must read for any student of religion and politics.’
Allan H. Anderson, University of Birmingham
'An authoritative work on the politics of Nigeria’s Pentecostal revolution during the country’s fourth attempt at constitutional democracy. An important text in African political studies.'
Olufemi Vaughan, Amherst College
'A must-read. Clearly argued and highly informative, there is nothing quite like it on the market given its contemporary focus. Tackling questions beyond those focused on a single religious tradition, it will find an avid scholarly readership.'
Brandon Kendhammer, Ohio University
‘An accessible yet astute analysis of the profound impact that popular forms of Christianity have on the political landscape in Nigeria. A key text for anyone with an interest in contemporary Christianity, democracy and politics in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.’
Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds
‘What happens when the theological meets the political in a formally secular state? In this lucid account of Pentecostalism, Obadare offers perspectives on its phenomenal rise.’
Birgit Meyer, Utrecht University