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DIaDeRC Collaborates with CEPDeR to organise Seminar on ‘Determinants & Implications of Pentecostal Movement in Africa’

July 15 @ 2:00 pm

After four working visits to one of the world’s most audacious church auditorium project site in Africa and collecting data from the ongoing construction of the 100,000 Seating capacity site of ‘The Ark’ of the Living Faith Church, Winners’ Chapel International, Canaanland, Ogun State, a doctoral scholar from University of Chicago, United States of America, and Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR) of Covenant University, Daniel J. Sonnenstuhl, is set to present his preliminary findings at a seminar jointly organized by two research-based institutions.

It would be recalled that the Presenter (Daniel Sonnenstuhl) is being hosted by Prof Evans Osabuohien (Founding Chair of DIaDeRC & Pioneer Chair of CEPDeR), who serves as his collaborator. Also, his supervisor, Prof James Robinson (author of ‘Why Nations Fail), has also visited Covenant University CEPDeR, where he gave a Seminar in 2022.

The seminar with the theme ‘Determinants and Implications of Pentecostal Movement in Africa: Evidence from Nigeria’ is a collaboration between the Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR) of Covenant University and DEPECOS Institutions and Development Research Centre (DIaDeRC).

The event will be held as follows:

Date: Monday, July 15, 2024,

Venue: Seminar Room, School of Postgraduate Studies, Covenant University, Ota,  Nigeria.

It will be streamed via Zoom and other selected media platforms (YouTube).

To be part of this seminar, visit  http://bit.ly/DIaDeRC_CEPDeR_Seminar to register.


Brief Bio:
Daniel Sonnenstuhl is a PhD student at the Harris School, interested in public, behavioural and especially development economics. His current research investigates the impact and popularity of Christianity, cultural norms and their implications, as well as potential demand channels for self-employment. His current research projects are based in Nigeria. Previously, he studied at University College London and worked at the University of British Columbia, researching topics on public economics.

Short Abstract
The global spread of Pentecostalism is a striking example of religious dynamism. Millions of people have converted to a Pentecostal denomination, and many devotees spend a significant amount of monetary and temporal resources on church activities. Pentecostalism is especially booming in West Africa, where it has evolved into an important part of private and social life. In this project, we leverage the partnership with one of the largest Nigerian Pentecostal denominations to illuminate people’s motivations to join Pentecostal churches and the ensuing impacts on their lives. Relying on the denomination’s quasi-random proselytization activities, we can combine church records and survey data to estimate causal effects.


July 15
2:00 pm