This is one of the things I personally don’t like to talk about. But something happened to me earlier that has driven me to it.
I’ll start by defining each of these:
Religion: the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
Tradition: the transmission of customs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
Culture: the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.
Africa is unique in all its religions, traditions and cultures. That’s why it’s such an amazing place to live.
More often than not, there is what I would like to call a conflict between current religion and the other two. Not because there’s anything wrong, but in my opinion the religion that is practiced is not the initial African religion and as such has views that abjectly oppose African tradition and culture.
This I believe is a problem we face. To forgo your tradition and culture for a religion that was never yours is a grave thing.
Africa has its own religions, its own belief systems that work in perfect tandem with its traditions and cultures. But somehow we now think that what we believed was wrong and there is only one true religion.
My question is why should one thing lessen the importance of another? Why should you be made to choose one over the other? Who is it that has this right to say this is correct and this isn’t? Should you not make this decision of your own accord?
I value tradition and culture much more than I do religion, because these two are who I am. They are what differentiate me from the rest of the planet. They are part of my identity.
I know someone will bring up the issue of morality. But morality is a basic human trait not governed by anything. It’s a simple question; “How would you feel if this was done to you?”
Without your traditions and culture, who are you?