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The mission of the DACB is to collect, preserve, and make freely accessible biographical accounts and church histories--from oral and written sources--integral to a scholarly understanding of African Christianity.
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WindibiriziDavid Lonkibiri Windibiziri, 1934 to 2014, Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN)

David Longibiri Windibiziri was baptized in the Lutheran Church of Christ (LCCN) in Nigeria, became a minister, and later rose through the ranks to become archbishop. He promoted the leadership of women in the church and spearheaded efforts to foster ongoing Muslim-Christian dialogue. >>Read Windibirizi's story.

This article was written for the DACB by Olusegun Obasanjo, former military head of state (1976-1979) and president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, currently a student at National Open University of Nigeria.

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Majorie Oludhe MacgoyeKenya Mourns Majorie Oludhe Macgoye (née King)

Heralded by many as one of the "mothers of Kenyan literature," Majorie Oludhe Macgoye, a.k.a. "MOM," was a prolific poet and novelist who chose to write mostly about her adoptive Kenyan and Luo culture. Her many works include an epic poem, "Song of Nyarloka," and "A Freedom Song" as well as several book length works. She arrived in Kenya in 1954 as a CMS missionary and married a Kenyan six years later. Her last book, Rebmann: A Novel, is the portrait of a pioneer missionary in East Africa. In 2012, she submitted a short biography of Rebmann to the DACB.

Coming soon! A new category of stories, "Eyewitness and fragmentary accounts," which will include short biographical sketches of potential subjects.

Resources for Research

Old and New in Shona Religion Website

A new resource recently unveiled by the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University School of Theology, this multimedia website showcases the photography and work of Dr. M. L. Daneel. His decades of research among the Shona people of Southern Africa have yielded a wealth of photographs and publications documenting African initiated churches and traditional religions. The Old and New in Shona Religion website makes these resources available online.

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>>To submit a biography, please consult our guidelines and download our Instructional Manual for writing guidelines and detailed formatting instructions. Email all biography submissions to Michèle Sigg, Project Manager, at

>> Read about the African Christian Biography conference that took place October 29-31 at Boston University.
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