Nigeria is unique among African countries, says Prof. Jacob Kehinde Olupona, as it has the largest population and the greatest cultural and ethnic diversity. It is also the largest country in the world with an approximate balance between its Christian and Muslim population. Despite these centrifugal challenges, Nigeria has maintained its national and territorial integrity.
Jacob Kehinde Olupona is a professor of religious traditions and a professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. His main fields of research are indigenous religions in Nigeria and the dynamics of civil religions and religious pluralism in Africa and the African Diaspora. As a recipient of the Reimar Lüst Prize awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.
The event was organized by Kristina Dohrn, a researcher at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.