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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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The Presbyterian Church in Ghana

Andreas AkuAku, Andreas, 1863 to 1931, Presbyterian, Ghana
Andreas Aku, a notable clergyman, theologian, and author, became the first indigenous head of the Ewe Presbyterian Church in 1922. He was one of the most outstanding personalities produced by the Bremen (North German) Mission, which was active on the east bank of the Volta River from 1847 until World War I. Aku and his associates sought to retain the unity of the church and to expand its work, despite the division of Togo into British and French-administered zones. Upon Aku's death in 1931, the governor of French Togoland paid tribute to him as a "complete man, a great patriot, and a prince among men.">> Read Rev. Andreas Aku's story.

Resources for Research

Yale Divinity Library Special Collections

Strengths of the library's special collections include, among other things, documentation of the Protestant missionary endeavor. Click here to access the collection.

For those interested in developing an archive, Martha Smalley has developed an Archival Primer.

Yale's Mission Periodicals Online can be accessed here.

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