Religion is the most profitable business in Africa today. In Africa, starting a church is a guaranteed investment, safer and far more profitable than forex trading, stock market trading, bitcoins, etc. You can start a church with as little as $20 and start reaping $20,000 in just months. It only takes a couple of "miracle performing actors and actresses" to start "harvesting" in Africa.
In Africa today, the blind can see, the cripple can run, even the dead are rising again with the help of "anointing oils". Meanwhile, my poor friend has been visiting every miracle center on the continent hoping for a cure with no luck.
Because it is "written" the devil or Lucifer is the root of all evil, we blame the devil for almost all our problems. We blame something we cannot even see as the cause of all our problems. Is that wisdom?
I don't think the devil is the root of all illiteracy and ignorance, and I think sometimes we just over-blame the devil for no good reasons at all. Instead of blaming ourselves for our ignorance and inabilities, we blame the devil just because it is "written".
Some may call me the assistant "Lucifer" for making this post but I still believe sometimes we just have to say it the way it is. Religion is doing more harm than good in Africa. Religion continues to tear Africa into pieces and I don't think Africa can prosper under the dark shadows of religion.
The traditional African religion (or Voodoo) is part of our culture and tradition and there is very little we can do about it. Some people, especially outsiders, sometimes think there is nothing good in the African traditional religion or voodoo but the truth is that, the African traditional religion or voodoo has benefited Africa more than Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc. combined.
The African traditional religion or voodoo has been with Africa since the beginning of time. It has helped in shaping not just our moral standards but also our very sense of identity. For example, before the arrival of Christianity, Islam and the other foreign religions, people were afraid to take other people's wives. People were afraid to cheat on other people. People were afraid to unjustly attack and trample upon the rights of innocent people. Children were afraid to disobey elders, etc. Why? Because the ancestral spirits we worshipped were very just spirits who rewarded the good and punished the evil. There was a sense of fear but discipline in our communities.
Some western people often portray Voodoo worshippers as savages and ignorant for believing in ancestral spirits. Meanwhile, these so-called educated western people believe in "saints" forgetting that saints are nothing but ancestral spirits too. Voodoo has been in Africa since the beginning of time and there isn't much we can do about it. However, there are some barbaric practices we can do away with. Child marriages, female genital mutilation, etc., are some of those barbaric traditions and practices we can and must do away with.
Christianity and Islam on the other hand, are the cause of almost all the wars and tribal conflicts in Africa today. Christians believe God is a Christian while Muslims believe God is a Muslim forgetting that God has no religion. Christians don't want Muslims to rule them and Muslims are ready to kill for Allah. That explains the several conflicts and tension in Africa today especially in countries like Nigeria and Ivory Coast where the Christian-Muslim populations are close to 50-50.
As I mentioned earlier on, every poor man wants to start a church in Africa today. Why? Because, starting a church is the easiest and fastest money-making method in Africa. There are so many pastors, bishops and even popes roaming about the streets of Africa. The sad thing however is that, almost all these so-called "men of God" are full of nothing but evil.
They come in suits, sometimes in white gowns dressed like saints, but agents of the devil ready to kill and destroy. These so-called men of God deceive people, especially the illiterate poor in the villages and small towns and even the so-called graduates in the cities, all in the name of God. Most carry Bibles which they cannot even read yet they refer to themselves as "men of God". Instead of preaching the good news to the people to help better their living conditions, they only preach about money and encourage people to "sow seeds".
Go to Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria right now and see things for yourself. Children as young as 6 months old are being buried alive in the name of Christianity. Instead of saving souls for Christ, these so-called men of God just kill souls for Christ in Africa today. Some so-called pastors and "anointed" men of God point these innocent children out as witches and wizards. The innocent children are then subjected to severe beatings until they confess to things they know nothing about. Some parents are abandoning their "witch" children all because some crazy "men of God" branded those kids "witches". This may sound crazy and untrue but it is very true. There are so many videos on youtube about African child witches and how these stupid and evil "men of God" point people out to be stoned to death for being witches and wizards all in the name of Christianity.
I am not some crazy atheist. I do believe in God, I do believe in goodness and I do believe in life. However, I don't believe in Christianity, Islam, or any religion for that matter. In fact, in the case of Africa, religion is toxic and kills innocent people and I don't believe Africa can prosper under the dark shadows of religion. I believe it is time we wake up and start reasoning.