Original Research - Practical Theology

‘New Nigeria’: A socioreligious dimension of prophetic envisioning

Ishaya Anthony
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 2 | a4861 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i2.4861 | © 2018 Ishaya Anthony | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2017 | Published: 03 December 2018


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Abstract

Globally, the quest to create societies free of corruption and violence that foster appreciation for human dignity and quality of life is highly envisioned and desired. Similarly, the current political, economic, religious and social tension in Nigeria calls for deep and courageous reflections about the country’s future in the League of Nations. These social realities have created a quest for a new society of justice, love, freedom and faithful stewardship in governance. Thus, this article portrays a song by Solomon Lange, titled ‘New Nigeria’, as prophetic within the tradition of prophetic envisioning. Also, it interprets the intersections between the prophetic dimension of this song and the sociocultural realities in Nigeria. Specifically, it argues that amidst Nigerians’ aspirations and struggles to build a new and corruption-free society, this song can contribute to raising national awareness that stimulates alternative consciousness, which invites the citizenry to courageously and tirelessly hope and work towards its actualisation.

Keywords

Solomon Lange; Prophetic Envisioning; Hope; Dignity; Corruption; Nigeria

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