Gender, Power and Leadership: Aládurà Church Women in Nigeria and the U.S.

A lecture by Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
6 PM
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome examines women’s strategies of empowerment, both spiritual and material, in the Aládurà church in the Nigerian homeland and 
its immigrant communities in 
the United States, especially since the 1980s. Scholars agree that women’s roles in these churches are circumscribed by prohibitions against menstruation and women in the immediate postpartum period. Yet Okome shows how, despite these formal restraints, Aládurà women find ways to exercise significant power in practice and why this is more pronounced in Nigeria than in the U.S. immigrant churches. Okome is professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the editor of the scholarly journals Africa Migration and Jenda Journal.


Nov. 19, 2014 - 6:00 PM