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The importance of the mother tongue in the planting and growth of African Christianity has been stressed by scholars such as Lamin Sanneh and Kwame Bediako. Bediako, for instance, states that "the ability to hear in one's language and to express in one's language one's response to the message which one receives, must lie at the heart of all authentic religious encounters with the divine realm." The paper discusses how the translation of the Bible and the use of the mother-tongue—has facilitateddoi:10.38159/pecanep.2020071 fatcat:cr5bfdmqr5fnzgbijdzzxudv5u