This paper mobilizes the designation and concept of ‘Pentecostal capital’ to characterize Lagos as a worlding city, owing to its prominence as a global hub of Pentecostalisms. ‘Pentecostal capital’, understood as a religious currency, refers to the value assigned to Pentecostal spaces, signages, objects, organizations, anointings, prophecies, prayers, practices, miracles, healings, faiths and doctrines; amongst other ‘Pentecostal treasures’. As a city designation a ‘Pentecostal capital’ is an urban space that is loaded with Pentecostal treasures, more than other urban spaces. Lagos in this case is analysed as a concentration of Pentecostal capital and as a global site of Pentecostal seductions and fluidities – a city of global Pentecostal productions, invitations and circulations. This paper charts a new sociology of transnational Pentecostal urbanism by drawing on ethnography conducted in Lagos and through reworking the Bourdieusian concept of ‘capital’.
- Video recorded & edited by Mawabo Msingaphantsi, Alex Halligey and Romeo Chasara (05 Feb, 2019)