Sylvia Owusu

Rev. Mrs. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah is a Ghanaian PhD-candidate at VU University. She is a lecturer in the Department of systematic and practical theology of the School of Theology and Missions at Central University College (Accra). She is also the head pastor of Revival Temple, Word Miracle Church International in Accra. She holds a BA in Theology from Central University College, Accra (Accra), an MA in Cross Cultural and Contextual Theology from VU University (Amsterdam), and an MPhil in Religious Studies from Central University College (Accra). Her research interests are in pentecostal or charismatic studies, gender studies, conflict mediation, and missions.

The topic of het project is Sustainable peace in sub-Saharan Africa: Using Traditional Religious, Islamic and Christian wisdom for conflict mediation and peaceful multicultural/multi-religious co-existence. The study looks at how there can be sustainable peace in Sub-Saharan Africa with the focus on Ghana and Nigeria. Most conflicts reoccur after attempts to resolve them. the project examines various traditions to tap the resources available in principles, wise sayings, proverbs, rituals, and symbols for conflict resolution and sustainable peaceful co-existence. Areas include Traditional, Christian and Islamic modes of conflict resolution. The traditional wisdom looks at the wisdom from proverbs and symbols, rituals of reconciliation, and traditional institutions of conflict management. The Christian and Islamic perspective discusses modes of reconciliation and conflict mediation available in the Bible and the Qur’an. Areas considered include conflict prevention strategies, the possibility of common grounds for reconciliation and forgiveness and the likelihood of achieving sustainable peace through education and sensitization.

Supervisors: Prof.dr. R.Ruard Ganzevoort (VU University) and Prof.dr. Henk Vroom (VU University).


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