African Israel Church Nineveh

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African Israel Church Nineveh. An early independent church in Kenya, mainly among the Luhya and the Luo. It was founded by the highly charismatic David Zayako Kivuli (1896–1974) who was baptized in 1925 in the Pentecostal Assemblies of East Africa (a Canadian mission), had a mystic experience in 1932, became a teacher and evangelist, and led a small peaceful secession in 1942. By 1960 it was spreading to Uganda and Tanzania, and in 1975, when it joined the World Council of Churches, it claimed 76,000 members.