Visual Mediations of Suspicion in Religious Prosumer Parody Media in Contemporary Ghana

Authored by: Joseph Oduro-Frimpong

Routledge Handbook of African Popular Culture

Print publication date:  May  2022
Online publication date:  May  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367483869
eBook ISBN: 9781003080855
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This chapter focuses on satirical prosumer ‘testimony’ responses to purported miraculous stickers in Ghana associated with Angel Daniel Obinim, a charismatic religious specialist. In doing so, the chapter draws attention, first, to the generation of a new formula for endless competitive parodic inventiveness. Through this discussion, I highlight how the belief in the miraculous nature of the stickers contributes to an understanding of current material approaches in studying religions. I also demonstrate how the satirical responses act as a conduit to robustly allege suspicion against Obinim’s claims to supernatural powers and the problem-solving abilities of the stickers. Here, the chapter responds to recent calls within the humanities and social sciences to empirically investigate the notion of suspicion. The second key focus of the chapter takes the prosumer parodies as a serious performance that register natural desires and aspirations in Ghana.

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