Oath-taking, Shrines and Jurisprudence in Yoruba and Igbo Religions of Nigeria


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Religious Studies


This project argues that African oath-takings in shrines are central to African spirituality and jurisprudence. It attempts a comparative study of Igbo and Yoruba religions. In doing this, the research employs the use of indigenous Afrocentric research methods to foster decolonization of research methodology. The study interrogates and identifies Sango, Ogun, and Ayelela shrines among the Yoruba of Southwest of Nigeria and Okija and Odo shrines of the Igbo in Southeast of Nigeria. It demonstrates that African cosmology and cosmogony strongly influences the nature of African jurisprudence, as well as concepts of morality, immorality, and legitimacy. From the result of this study, it is undisputable that shrines and oath-taking are integral features of Yoruba and Igbo religions, as they are of social, cultural, and spiritual significance.