Written by Emmanuel Ojiego
The term inculturation may sound strange to you. But that is what the President of Nigeria Federation of Catholic Students (NFCS), Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Igbariam campus, Christian Okonkwo used to describe the practice where a church fellowship has its own Igwe and Lolo.
On Friday, May 19, the NFCS held cultural day which was part of the activities of the group marking this year’s NFCS week. During the cultural day, a new Igwe and his lolo were crowned. The new Igwe is Christian Kelechukwu Analikwu, a student of Agric department while the new Lolo is Ifesinachi Ekwuonu, a 300 level student of English Education department.
As people wondered what an Igwe and a Lolo will be doing in a Christian gathering, followed by drum beaters and flute blowers, the President of NFCS, M. Okonkwo explained that the church practices what is called inculturation whereby they acquire cultures of other people and at the same time, try to impact the church teachings on those people.
This sounds like an innovative evangelism strategy. So what do you think? Are we going to be having bible-carrying titled men preaching the word? This will be great o. How do you see this innovation?