"The Fake is News": On Popular Visual Media, Fakery and Legitimacy Contestations in Charismatic Christianity in Contemporary Ghana

"The Fake is News": On Popular Visual Media, Fakery and Legitimacy Contestations in Charismatic Christianity in Contemporary Ghana

Author: 
Oduro-Frimpong, Joseph
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor and Francis
Date published: 
2021
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Journal of African Cultural Studies
Source: 
Journal of African Cultural Studies Volume 33 2021 Issue 3 pp. 325-343
Abstract: 

Three key questions guide this investigation into specific accusations of fakery related to some Christian religious leaders' acts in contemporary Ghana. The first question is: what do moving images and other popular visual forms (such as cartoons) contribute to assessments and accusations of fakery? The second question is: what can we learn from a close examination of religious leaders and their actions that citizens consider fake? The last question is: who gets to make public accusations of fakery on Ghanaian religious matters? I argue that the various analyzed cartoons and memes contribute to ongoing public discussions of the religious leaders as fake. I show how some of these religious leaders seem motivated by the need to be recognized as possessing superior supernatural powers which they exchange for material wealth. I draw attention to specific categories of Ghanaians, such as certain politicians with clout, to level accusations that these religious pastors are fakes.

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CITATION: Oduro-Frimpong, Joseph. "The Fake is News": On Popular Visual Media, Fakery and Legitimacy Contestations in Charismatic Christianity in Contemporary Ghana . Oxon : Taylor and Francis , 2021. Journal of African Cultural Studies Volume 33 2021 Issue 3 pp. 325-343 - Available at: http://library.au.int/fake-news-popular-visual-media-fakery-and-legitimacy-contestations-charismatic-christianity