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Orthodoxy in Sub-Saharan Africa

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During the struggle against colonial rule, a close friendship developed between Jomo Kenyatta and [[Archbishop]] Makarios of Cyprus that resulted in aid in financing a new seminary in Nairobi, Kenya that was built in the late 1970s. As a leader attempting to gain independence for Cyprus, the presence and actions by Abp. Makarios provided great moral support to the fledgling African church. While not having any [[jurisdiction]] in Africa, Abp. Makarios baptized some 10, 000 people at Kagira and Nyeri. The seminary began operation in 1982, initially serving students from East Africa. In 1995, the seminary began receiving students from other African areas including West Africa, Zimbabwe and [[Madagascar]].
In 1958, the Alexandrian Patriarchate appointed a [[Metropolitan]] for Irinoupolis (Dar es Salaam) that oversaw Tanzania, Kenya, and [[Uganda]]. But, [[missionary]] development had its reverses in the 1970s and 80s as the result of colonial pressures and disingenuous propaganda by Protestant and Roman Catholic missionaries aggravated by schismatic tendencies among the Orthodox. Nevertheless Orthodoxy has continued to expand, largely through internal missionary evangelism, that is by word of mouth. The missionary activities also stressed the translation of the church services into the local languages, yet retaining an emphasis on a pan-African unity of the church.

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