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Type Journal Article - International Journal of Innovative Research and Development
Title Globalization and Ecclesiastical Architecture in Nigeria
Volume 2
Issue 13
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 309-315
URL http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/3095/1/Globalization and Ecclesiastical Architecture in​Nigeria.pdf
Globalization cuts across all areas of human endeavor including ecclesiastical architecture. This study examined the influence of
globalization on the evolution and development of ecclesiastical architecture in Nigeria with a view to identifying the areas of
impact throughout the three phases of church building development. The area of study was Lagos State because of many reasons.
The data were collected through literature, interview and field case study approach. The study identified that the first phase of its
development (1845-1929) was dominated by foreign input as the established Churches were by foreign Missions that had absolute
financial and construction activity control. The second phase was a mixture of both indigenous and foreign inputs as construction
industry in Nigeria was still undergoing a formative stage. African Independent Churches evolved and Pentecostalism emerged as
collaboration between the indigenous precursors and foreign partners. The theology had an impact on the establishment of church
buildings. The third phase borrowed from foreign industrial buildings to accommodate her congregation as the Church witnessed
the unprecedented population explosion and economic empowerment. This paper concludes that globalization has had its own
positive influence on the evolution and development of ecclesiastical architecture in Nigeria

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