Sky Journals of Educational Research Vol. 5(4), pp. 027-033, July, 2017. Available online

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Pauline Christology in Philippians 2:5-11 and the Quest for African Christ


Olusakin, Vincent Akinbayo


Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Akwa Ibom State University, Obio Akpa Campus. E-mail: 


Accepted 7 July, 2017


As a contribution to the on-going quest for African Christ in African inculturation theology, this paper presents Christ as a model in selfless sacrifice. Paul’s admonition in Philippians 2:5-11 is employed to give the picture of Jesus’ selfless sacrifice resulting in his exaltation. Also, the example of an ancestor (Oluorogbo) in Yoruba mythology is presented to explain selfless sacrifice done by an African ancestor. However, it is argued that Oluorogbo’s sacrifice cannot be compared to Jesus’ sacrifice because among other things, Oluorogbo’s sacrifice is limited to a tribe, whereas Jesus’ sacrifice is universal. The paper ends by giving the picture of how selfishness manifests in some aspects of Nigerian life.

Key words:
Christology, Pauline, inculturation, Philippians, Oluorogbo.

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