THE BEST IS YET TO COME, PENTECOSTAL AND CHARISMATIC REVIVALS IN NIGERIA FROM 1914 to 1990s tries to define the origin of the Charismatic tradition and movement in Nigeria from a historical perspective. It unveils the causes for the phenomenal growth of the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches in Nigeria while also identifying the weaknesses of the post-Charismatic Church. It highlights the principles of revival, and the causes for decline and failure of revivals.
The Pentecostal revivals in Nigeria were largely a southern phenomenon, while the Charismatic revivals were national in scope. The year 1914, marked the dawn of the first Pentecostal revival, led by Garrick Sokari Braide; it was followed by the Spirit Movement of 1927, and then the 1930 Babalola revival. By 1934 another spark of revival started in Old Umuahia culminating in the birth of the Assemblies of God Church in 1939. Then in the 1950s, ripples of the Latter Rain revival which originated in Canada entered into Nigeria. These early revivals occurred in the Southern part of Nigeria, and with time gradually diffused into the Northern parts. But from the late 1960s, the rain of Charismatic revival began simultaneously in Northern and Southern Nigeria. That is the revival rain that has spread and affected all nooks and crannies of Nigeria today.