The Aladura way had several followers, which produced different societies and sects that spread throughout the western part of Africa, including Nigeria and Benin. This article continues to follow the movement, as well as touch upon some of the beliefs and practices associated with this belief system.
Some of the prime players in the Aladura movement were like a domino effect, leaving a trail of influence behind them, as they continued to spread the divine healing concept. For example, Moses Orimolade Tunolase and Christiana Abiodun Akinsowon started the Cherubim and Seraphim society. Tunolase held the title of Yoruba prophet, while Akinsowon was an Anglican woman, who spoke of the visions and trances that she had experienced.
During 1925 and 1926, the two of them created the society, based upon doctrines regarding revelation and divine healing. This change disregarded the traditional charms and medicine that was once held high. During 1928, their movement soon separated from the Anglican and church, as well as others. In 1928, Tunolase and Akinsowon left the movement also. This led to the establishment of more than 10 major sections, as well as the assortment of minor sects. Throughout the West Africa, the movement touched upon parts of Togo, Ghana, as well as the Benin.
On the banks of Lago, a group of ousted Cherubim and Seraphi, built a base in 1947. Here, men and women lived separate from one another, where strict morals were followed. At this location, the members enjoyed great success with their living arrangements and the business ventures. Those involved believed that they had attained a level that superceded death. During the 1970s, a riff divided the members and the beliefs soon lost their strength, as well as following.
The largest Aladura movement is considered the Church of the Lord, which was established by Josiah Olunowo. This Anglican catechist and teacher was “let go” due to his strange behavior, which included odd vision and periods of fasting. In 1929, he started preaching about native medicines, as well as made statements regarding holy water, fasting and other methods of prayer. The Church of the Lord (Aladura) soon made way in areas, such as Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, as well as other parts of the world like London and New York City.
Today, the following for this religion continues to grow, where healing practitioners can be located still in West Africa, Britain, as well as the U.S. The key elements of Aladura Christianity include: Power, Life and Victory. The practices associated with the belief system, include a combination of African and Anglican rituals. An example includes the ministers of the Church of the Lord, where they are given an iron rod, which is has a loop at one end and stands for their place in office. This identifies the minister as having the power of the religion. When a prophet touches objects, they are used with influence during healing sessions and prayers. Other items used in regards to Aladura, includes rosaries, vestments, gowns and holy water.
In regards to Aladura Christians, there is also a connection that can be found with witchcraft, where they believe in the power that a witch or witch doctor possesses. These individuals are believed to possess real spiritual powers that some may see as evil, satanic or demonic.