An Impact Study of Hymnody on Selected Ghanaian Churches

Edwin Boateng Afriyie ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.2  No.10  October 2021  Article 3 pp. 149-158
DOI :  |   Published online 28th October, 2021.
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This paper is an investigation of the efficacy of hymns and their impact on personality. The investigation was aimed at addressing ‘the problem of the relationship of hymnody and discipline, self-regulation which results in guarded behaviour reflecting in speech, personal appearance, and conduct within the Ghanaian society.’ The investigation was against the backdrop of the perception that hymnody influences devoted singers with the power to shape personality and bring about character transformation. The objective of the investigation was to spike the hymnody effect within society. The theory of personal transformation combined the qualitative design. The study consisted of a single question to determine the most predominant view about hymnody in hymn-singing churches in Accra and Kumasi. Findings indicated that 41% of 300 informants confirmed
hymnody as powerful and transformative, but elitist and excluded the non-literate. Eurocentric and Afrocentric perspectives attended the analysis of Hymnody. The study concluded that hymnody is beneficial to mood and character change to stimulate the transformation of soul and mind, leading to the growth of the inner man as a function of discipline. Thus, a reference to the notions of pedagogy and discipline are underscored as transforming outcomes of devoted hymnody participation. The paper’s contribution to knowledge lies in its focus on the role of hymnody, a religious ritual, as catalyzing the development of the discipline ethic to engage the attention of the academy for further research.

Keywords: Discipline, Ghana, Hymnody, Personality.

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Edwin Boateng Afriyie is an ordained minister of God since 1988 and is the pioneer of Heritage Interdenominational Baptist Church in Oyibi – Accra. Presently, he lectures in the Department of Theology at Christ Apostolic University College, Kumasi. In the past, he was Dean of Students’ Affairs and Lecturer at Maranatha University College, Accra. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. His research interest is in Religion in the public space.

Afriyie E.B. “An Impact Study Of Hymnody On Selected Ghanaian ChurchesE-Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 2, no.10 (2021): 149-158

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