Reinhard Bonnke: The man who changed the face of Christianity in Africa

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    Reinhard Bonnke always challenged his followers to take the mantle from him

    German-born evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who attracted massive crowds in Africa during decades of preaching, is being mourned by millions of Christians across the continent following his death aged 79. Kenyan writer Jesse Masai looks back at his influence.With comparisons ranging from British “Prince of Preachers” Charles Spurgeon to American televangelist Billy Graham, Bonnke’s status as the father of modern-day crusade preaching and healing in Africa is not in dispute.

    Across the continent, huge week-long church rallies are now commonplace, characterised by mass mobilisation, big tents, colourful podiums, sophisticated public address systems, local language translators and, in some instances, evangelists who mimic Bonnke’s oratory and stage antics, including how he firmly gripped microphones.

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