Pope John Paul II speaks in "Ecclesia in Africa" (1995) of the necessity for the Church to inculturate itself into the cultures of the African peoples. This book sets out to show what makes inculturation in Africa a necessity. Against the background of a socio-empirical study it becomes understandable, why in the history of mission, from an European-religious perspective much remains misunderstood and causes distress until today. The author focuses on the "way of Inculturation" showing how a "rooting of the Gospel in Africa" could be possible and sustainable.
Michael Ukpong is a priest of the Catholic diocese of Umuahia, Nigeria.