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Friday, April 9

Critical Research on Africa: Medical Legitimacy: Childbirth, Authenticity, and Pluralism in Nigeria’s Faith-Based (Aladura) Birthing Homes
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Dr. Ogechukwu Williams
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies

Join Dr. Williams in exploring the advent of faith-based maternity homes in Nigeria since the early 1930s, and how they adapted to socio-political and biomedical trends in their search for legitimacy. While scholars have studied the contemporary roles of post-colonial African churches in health and healing, very few have considered faith-based obstetrics. By examining the history and professionalization of faith homes, Dr. Williams highlights the growth and significance of faith-based birthing institutions as primary maternal healthcare providers in Nigeria. She also shows the importance of medical pluralism in Africa and the indigenization of post-colonial African institutions.