Journal of african media studies vol:1 issue:1 pages:101-116
This article discusses discourses on development in the social space of Kinshasa's post-Mobutu teleserials. The producers (dramatic artists and born-again Christian leaders; some are both) contend that their work will transform society, counter the social and political crisis and improve the nation in various ways. Pentecostalist Christianity meets the genre of the melodrama in the way the teleserials focus on the individual's spiritual development. This article argues that the fictive representation of witchcraft relates to a Pentecostalist diagnosis of the crisis and that the narrative unfolding of the teleserials points towards the cultural key scenario asserted by Pentecostal-charismatic churches.
Publication based on a Selected Presentation at the Conference "Media and Social Change in Africa", University of Westminster, March 2006.