Christianity in Central Tanzania


In the telling of the history of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in Tanzania, the initiatives, contributions, and experiences of indigenous teachers have too often been neglected in favour of stories of sacrifices of Western missionaries. Bishop Mwita Akiri redresses this bias by using a socio-historical approach, written from an Afro-centric tradition, to evaluate the contributions and experiences of indigenous agents in the growth of Christianity in Tanzania. This book underscores the significance of oral tradition in African historiography and challenges the claim that foreign missionaries succeeded in destroying African cultures, when they are in fact alive and well. This much-needed research also provides a model for dialogue between the perspective of Christian missions and that of African religious and social heritage in order to continue forward with a Christianity that is authentic and also distinctly African.

About the Author

Bishop MWITA AKIRI has a PhD in African Christianity from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and is currently a research professor and visiting lecturer in Mission and African History at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Canada. He served as the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Tanzania for almost ten years, where he played a key role in establishing St John’s University of Tanzania, Dodoma, Tanzania. He went on to be a founder of the Anglican Diocese of Tarime and was consecrated as Bishop of Tarime in 2010. He also acts as an external examiner for Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda.

Book Information


ISBN: 9781783687787

Category: Academic, Global Perspectives

Region: Africa

Publishing Date: 2020-02-14

Number of pages: 438

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