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This programme, presented by Prof. J.D.Y. Peel of the University of Liverpool, shows a service held by the Cherubim and Seraphim, which originated among the Yoruba people of Western Nigeria. This c...hurch is one of a number which are known as 'Aladura' - the Yoruba word for 'praying people' - and started as an offshoot from the Protestant churches founded in Nigeria from the late 19th century. The members of the congregation are in this country in order to study, pass exams and gain qualifications which will improve their prospects when they return to Nigeria. The church will cheer them and support them while they work to maintain themselves and their families, study for their exams and struggle to survive in a hostile environment.
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Module code and title: AD208, Man's religious quest
Item code: AD208; 12
First transmission date: 05-08-1978
Published: 1978
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Duration: 00:24:30
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Producer: John Selwyn Gilbert
Contributor: J D Y Peel
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Aladura; Protestant religion; Yoruba
Footage description: The programme opens with film of people arriving at the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in London. Quotations from the Old Testament are read over. A number of people enter the church in a singing procession. Extracts from the church service are seen (without commentary). From the studio Peel explains why this Nigerian church has members in London and describes its development in modern Nigeria. Maps indicate Yorubaland and Africa. He describes the Aladura's links with pre-Christian religion. Stills show early practitioners of the church. The remainder of the programme consists of further extracts from the London church service. Its purpose is to honour a Yoruba student who is returning to Nigeria after completing his studies.
Master spool number: 6HT/72691
Production number: 00525_3434
Videofinder number: 3603
Available to public: no