Fula sister is leader of Christian congregation in Allen Town
The congregants come from many neighborhoods around
Freetown. On a recent Sunday, congregants arriving by taxi
at Lower Allen Town wound their way to Christ the Healer Ministry located at
No. 9 Taiama Road to hear a rare member of the clergy preach: a woman from the
Fula ethnic group.
One of the most Islamized tribes in Africa, members
of the Fula (also known as Fulani, Peuhl), ethnic group go all-out as to live
by their interpretation of the Islamic code. Fula children are socialized at an
early age about the sanctity of the Koran with adherence to the teachings of
the Prophet Mohammed compulsory. However, education and exposure to outside
influences have diverted some Fulas into becoming devotees of other religions. Pastors
bearing common Fula last names such as Bah, Barrie and Jalloh are on the
increase in Sierra Leone. But they are mostly male, making Esther Isata Jalloh
rare and special.
Known as Mama J to her flock, Pastor Jalloh's
performance at the pulpit is good enough to induce the jealousy of preachers
from ethnic groups that have been practicing Christianity for centuries.
Listen to a podcast of Pastor Jalloh's sermon at sierraleone365
radio on the tunein app.