What wisdom and kwledge have we lost in lieu of our modernized thinking about death and the supernatural? After the sudden and tragic death of his mother when he was a student, S.T. Ola. Akande embarked on a lifelong journey to better grasp the nature of mortality, particularly in light of the miraculous and mysterious circumstances swirling around death that have been reported in numerous firsthand accounts. Miracles, Mysteries, Death and Dying and Other Supernatural Events shares a series of uncommon, weird, but true stories from Nigeria about these phemena and what it suggests about the supernatural forces at work in life and in death. Reflective and thought-provoking, this illuminating collection recounts true stories of Nigerian witches, magical charms, premonitions, extra-terrestrial occurrences, post-death experiences, and more. In contemporary Nigerian society, there are numerous events of this nature that cant be explained by clinical, scientific, or empirical searchlights. Nigerians relegate these to the realm of mysteries and miracles. Nigerian witches, for example, are believed to have demonic powers and can permeate churches, homes, markets, and even political chambers. Akande shares tales to illustrate this, such as the story of a student's near-fatal encounter with a young witch-girl who had transformed herself to the exact image of his mother. From there, the book explores the power and prevalence of African charms and the presence of miracles. Stories include the incident of a woman turning herself into a cat; a man who transformed himself into a deer; individuals attacked in dreams; and many more. Other phemena cited include assaults by the natural world in the form of bees or snakes; curious happenings during sexual relations; and a drowning of boat passengers by the river god. Experiences with extra-terrestrials are also covered, such as those of a retired professor who received a warning from a man who came to his bedroom; ather warning from his shadow; and a demand from an invisible voice. Together the stories work to make the reader reflect on death and dying in an entirely new and perhaps deeply beneficial light. Miracles, Mysteries, Death and Dying and Other Supernatural Events offers invaluable insight for those grieving the loss of a loved one or for anyone trying to gain greater clarity on the mystifying circle of life.
S.T. Ola. Akande runs the International Institute of Evangelism in Ibadan Nigeria, and was registered in Texas. He has served as the pastor of several churches in Nigeria and in the United States. He was also president and later the general secretary and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. He was regional secretary for Africa of the Baptist World Alliance. Akande was a member of the Faith and Order commission, the Central Council of the World Council of Churches, and the International Society for the Study of New Testament, and he is the author of several books. He was honored by his government with the Member of the Federal Republic award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Wayland Baptist University in Texas; a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City; as well as a Bachelor of Divinity degree and the Ph.D. degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He and his wife Comfort Olalonpe are blessed with children.