Sunday worship among the deaf

Dayo Emmanuel

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Some members of a Church for the deaf in Lagos

Pix by Dayo Emmanuel

Some years ago, the Lagos State Government, South West Nigeria, sealed some worship centres for their failure to comply with regulations regarding noise pollution. The deaf in Nigeria, numbering about 9 million people are also shared among the various religious groups and operating their own worship centres.  If God hears the deaf who worship in silence, using the sign language, the hearing may have no excuse to engage in noise pollution in the name of calling on God. DAYO EMMANUEL visited the Assembly of Deaf Church, becoming the ‘deaf’ in their midst, he reports.

A cold and noisy Sunday morning it was. Blaring megaphones pierce the innocent air. High praises and loud prayers from various worship centres enveloped the atmosphere. Such is a major feature of a typical Sunday morning in the Lagos metropolis, home to…

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