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Impact Of Covid-19 On Religious Practices And Religious Conviviality In Ibadan: The Place Of Religious Leaders In Maintaining Close-Knit Religious Communities

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This paper discusses the impact of COVID-19 on religious practices and religious conviviality in two local governments within Ibadan Metropolis-Ibadan North and Akinyele Local Government Areas. Beyond the impact of the pandemic, it also discusses the reformulations and strategies embarked upon by both Christian and Muslim leaders in ensuring that religious activities are not totally grounded, and that their religious communities remained closely knitted together. Qualitative data, through the use of individual in-depth interviews and participant observation, were collected over the space of three months, from December 2020 to March 2021. Findings reveal some general and unique impacts, which include: temporary disembodiment, an onslaught on religious and civic engagements, shrinking finances that halted earmarked projects, and the challenges of support for grieving members. In addressing these impact on activities, religious leaders embarked on some reformulations that include: employing the usage of digital technology where it applies; the transition to the use of house fellowships and cell gatherings; the (re)calibration of welfare systems to meet current demands; and the leveraging on the skills of the youth population to intensify religious worship and to sustain conviviality. The paper argues that these readjustments present a continuation to religious activities, which otherwise might seem, from a superficial perspective, as a total disembodiment.
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hal-03416177 , version 1 (05-11-2021)

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Bimbo Stanley Omopo. Impact Of Covid-19 On Religious Practices And Religious Conviviality In Ibadan: The Place Of Religious Leaders In Maintaining Close-Knit Religious Communities. [Research Report] IFRA-Nigeria Working Papers Series 82, IFRA-Nigeria. 2021, pp.1-26. ⟨hal-03416177⟩
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