I'm not sure why, but l was surprised to see you disagree with Gazi on the religions of Africa post (I'm guessing you disagree?). I don't know how representative that map was, but the idea that religions are brought to people by 'conquerers' and colonisers, and then used as a framework for control seems to have some kind of base. Although I have heard of arguments and evidence that both the origins of Islam and Christianity are more deeply rooted in Africa, is that why you disagree?
Posts like Gazi’s act like Africans have no autonomy and agency. That Africans who follow Abrahamic religions aren’t “real” Africans when in many cases we have practiced syncretic belief systems with our indigenous religions for centuries. And, even if we don’t, that there aren’t conscious and deliberate decisions behind our choices in how we decide to practice our religions.
Of course religion has been used as a tool of colonization, but the people who have accepted these faiths as part of their lives aren’t sheep. They are people. They have intentionality to make conscious decisions for themselves. This is not to write off the fact that religion is a tool of colonization and can have very damaging effects, but you cannot void our agency either. In what world is it “revolutionary” to talk over continental Africans about our lives and imply that we “don’t know better” and can’t make decisions for ourselves? In what world is it “revolutionary” to be ahistorical and erase the history of syncretic belief systems? In what world is it “revolutionary” to imply that Africans who follow Abrahamic religions aren’t “real” Africans, as hotep warriors love to do?
My maternal grandfather was a Catholic and attended mission schools in his village of Enugu-Agidi. Does that somehow void the fact that he was a proud Igbo man who served as a military surgeon during the Biafran war? That he was one of the pioneers of open heart surgery in Africa? Or wait, if I spell it “AfriKa” with a “K,” does that make him a “revolutionary” now? What about all of the African revolutionaries who were also religious? Things are not so cut and dry as posts like Gazi’s try to make it out to be, and I’ve previously written about this from my perspective as a gay Nigerian as well.
atane has also written a thorough breakdown of Gazi’s hotep fuckery which I agree with, too. And this is not even going into the ways in which Gazi cherry picks the words of a small number of hotep contintental Africans to “support” his claims.
The reality here is that Gazi is basic. And if people are looking to this “AfriKan” for social commentary over continental Africans on our lives then you are already lost.