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THE INVASION OF THE FUNKY PASTORS SERIES, PART 1

NOTE: This was uploaded here in 2021 because it is a new site. However, it was actually first published on other platforms in late 2015

This, is No Bullshitting!

It’s Sunday, a good day to veer away from all the heavy political stuffs in my commentaries, and talk about the new-wave Christianity in Nigeria. Do remember—Media Against Indiscipline Movement  is all-encompassing; yes, indeed! We address indiscipline in all ramifications—with a wide definition that encompasses all spheres of our society—all the misbehaviors that continue to degenerate our society and make us the scorn of the global community! Also do remember—No Bullshitting as my slogan is not meant to portray me as bad, uncouth Harry; no sir!!! It is meant to imply my blunt approach to addressing the ills of the Nigerian society.

Some of my readers might have come across this treatise on deferent platforms, such as my personal Facebook page, but, trust me; no document stays overnight with me and goes to press again without some twitching here and there. So, you may actually see something new in this version, if you don’t mind to indulge me. I will introduce my book, upon which my series on religion and culture is based. It is titled The Invasion Of The Funky Pastors. The sub-title is Church Business At War With The African Culture. The title and sub-title capture the primary and secondary themes of the book. The primary theme addresses the new wave of commercialization of Christianity by depraved Pentecostal pastors, whom I call Funky Pastors, in contemporary Nigeria. And, the secondary theme addresses some negative impact of the acts of the funky pastors on the people and culture of Nigeria. This is my introductory piece to my religious series, which is actually the ‘Preface’ of my book, thus:

When I left Nigeria as a boy for the United States of America in search of the proverbial greener pastures, there was Christianity in Nigeria, and, there was the African Culture. Of course, the African culture had always been there long before I was born. And it was there long before Christianity came to the continent of Africa, and the country Nigeria. I had grown up in both cultures, and they were both doing just fine. Christianity had fed me with the word of God, while my African Culture made me desirably and proudly African, different from a white man, an Indian, Asian, Hispanic; indeed, different from all other races of the world. That was many years ago in the 1970s.

Today, when I go home to visit my small remote African village in Nigeria to enjoy some of the cultural values that I have missed so much while in the western world, my brethren in the village insist that I have no right to do so anymore. Indeed, the entire country seems to be heading toward the crazy notion that the African Culture is now out of fashion. The people’s excuse as they condemn and attempt to annihilate their own culture is that their new-wave “born-again” Christianity has shown them The Light. This ignorant trend makes me angry, and I want to do something about it. I believe that this treatise is a start.

I must prepare my reader’s mind for my general hardnosed criticism of the ills in the contemporary Nigerian Church. In particular, I have a major problem with some so-called men of God and their zombie-like followers, who have totally misconstrued ‘born-again Christianity” in various ways. Some of them have suddenly decided to declare a total war against the culture of our land in the name of Christianity. I totally disagree with their misguided, often hypocritical attitude and its consequent behaviors, which are spurred by their gross misinterpretation of the Holy Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ. What amazes me more than words can express, is that some of those who are destroying the desirable customs/traditions of the African culture, are often the same people who would not support the abolition of some customs that are truly undesirable. A good example of the thriving undesirables is the nonsensical Osu-caste system in Igbo land of southeastern Nigeria. I hold back no punches as I express my views here! One might even say that my criticism is venomous, but I would rather call it brutally frank, or frankly brutal.

Characteristically, Nigeria is a hush-hush society where controversial matters are often ‘swept under the carpet’ to avoid “embarrassment.” I always ask—whose embarrassment? This pathetic ideological anomaly—see-evil-but-speak-no-evil—was cultivated in Nigerians by our self-serving ruling-class. We are not supposed to expose or criticize the numerous atrocities committed by the ruling class in the society. If we do, the tide is turned against the critic and he/she becomes the bad guy. The next thing you know is that the accuser suddenly becomes the accused; he/she is said to be “embarrassing Nigeria in the global community.” The leaders are so conceited and impudent to equate themselves with the nation, and any Nigerian critic of their evil deeds is labeled “unpatriotic,” accused of damaging the image of the nation in the global community by exposing the rot in our country. And, non-Nigerian critics are accused of maligning Nigeria; tagged enemies of the country. As we waste time with this diversionary blackmail of the critics, the real criminals—the so-called leaders—are getting away with the atrocities for which they are criticized.

This information-censorship phenomenon has spread to every sphere of the Nigerian society, including, alas, the Christendom! For instance, no matter how heinous a crime or sin that a cleric/pastor may commit, we are not supposed to criticize him/her. If we do, we are accused of challenging “God’s Anointed;” and this is tantamount to challenging God. I think it is absolute nonsense! And, I will tell you many terrible reasons for my position. For this position, I anticipate a lot of criticism from my Nigerian readers, for seemingly ‘attacking’ the church in this treatise. It may not really matter to my critics that I have stated reality; the fact is that criticizing the church in any form—no, I mean, criticizing the clergy—is not a welcome idea in Nigeria. My concern is that, unfortunately, the new-wave, job seeking, mischief-makers that I describe as funky pastors are grossly abusing the extreme reverence that is showered on the clergy by average Nigerian Christians!

My worry, ultimately, is that average “born-again Christians” in Nigeria are blind/ignorant followers of these new-wave pastors. Too many Nigerians are willing to let criminals get away with atrocities merely because they claim to be pastors or “men of God.” Too many are willing to die without question because the so-called men of God say so! True-life examples abound here in my story.

I do want to state clearly, however, that any unsavory comment that I make in this book is not directed at true anointed men of God. No, sir! God forbid. It is directed at the flurry of mischievous jobseekers who parade themselves as pastors or men of God. I can only say whoever the cap fits; let them wear it. And, no apologies from me to anybody that the cap does fit! I do recognize that true men of God do exist in Nigeria; the problem is that there are so few of them. The rest are a bunch of job-seeking crooks who capitalize on the emotional vulnerability of many Nigerian Christians that very often follow them into socio-cultural pits without a question. Meanwhile, the “funky pastors” are smiling, no, I mean, they are laughing all the way to their private banks. That is the name of their game—m-o-n-e-y—money!

I proudly declare that I am a Christian, and would never condemn Christianity, or any other religion for that matter. Also, I am not condemning the ignorant born-again Christians who err inadvertently, because, as Christ said on the cross, they know not what they do. Besides, condemning the ignorant bunch may amount to being judgmental, and I certainly do not qualify to judge anybody. However, I do certainly qualify to criticize the obvious bad deeds of crooks who call themselves pastors or men of God!

But, you see, my worry is that many Nigerian Christians have been indoctrinated to grossly misconstrue the term judgmental, vis-à-vis the term critique. Critics of pastors are often erroneously accused of being judgmental. Yet it is clearly written in the Holy Book that false prophets will try to take over the world, and we must SEEK THE DISCERNING SPIRIT OF GOD to expose and avoid them. The good book does not say that we should embrace and give them whatever they want, and the Lord alone shall judge them later, as I hear many ignorant Christians say very often. The good Book does not in any shape say that criticizing the false prophets is judgmental; it says Touch not My Anointed. The funky pastors that I talk about are DEFINITELY NOT ANOINTED! Besides, show me a verse that you understand to say that criticizing a pastor (funky or not), or even a bishop or pope, is wrong, and I will show you how wrong your interpretation is, with clarifying citations in our same Holy Book. Also, read on, and within this treatise I will show you in history where popes committed or supported some of the most heinous atrocities ever known to humankind!

Some of my postulations may sound outlandish to you at first glance, but I ask of you to go ahead and read my well-researched details with an open mind. Who knows, maybe you will love to hate them; or hate to love them! Maybe you will even fall in love with my style. I do know one thing for sure—you will definitely love the intrigues in some of my stories!

The first edition of this book was published in 2010 in the USA by Authorhouse Publishers, shortly after which I realized that I did not do my subject matter enough justice, especially with my omission of the topics of TITHE in the Christendom, and the OSU-CASTE SYSTEM in Igboland of Nigeria. Hence, this second edition was born, which has turned out to be more than double the volume, and, if I must say so myself, more intriguing than the first edition!

This is the end of the ‘Preface’ of the explosive book titled THE INVASION OF THE FUNKY PASTOTORS, and subtitle CHURCH BUSINESS AT WAY WITH THE AFRICAN CULTURE. Do look out for the beginning of my blog miniseries of the same title…THE INVASION OF THE FUNKY PASTORS…No Bullshitting!!!

This is the first in a series of excerpts of the soon-to-be-controversial book titled THE INVASION OF THE FUNKY PASTORS, and subtitled CHURCH BUSINESS AT WAR WITH THE AFRICAN CULTURE. I will start with the secondary theme of the book, as I address THE IMPACT OF MISGUIDED BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANITY ON THE AFRICAN CULTURE. Note that I say ‘misguided Christianity,’ and not Christianity! I will start with broad overview of the global concept or notion called culture.

Once upon a time, the entire world was dominated by one culture, and that’s the European Culture. In the words of renowned African American intellectual, founder of “Afro-centric Philosophical Movement,” Molefi Kete Asante, PhD, “Humanism itself was frequently nothing more than a Euro-centric concept of what was good for the world.” That was then, and this is now. The world is better informed now, and intercultural tolerance is rife; no wonder, a black man named Barrack Obama is presently in the White House in the USA!!!

I am quite aware that many people that will get to read this do not need a lecture from me on the definition of culture. However, the campaign against ignorant Christianity in relation to the African Culture is not meant for the intellectual elites alone; indeed, it is actually geared mainly towards enlightening the less intellectual grassroots communities in our villages in Africa, who I call the real custodians of our culture. And if we want to convince the grassroots custodians to do a good job of nurturing, protecting and preserving our culture, then they must understand the essence of authentic cultural identity of Africa in the larger global community. Hence, any message on the subject has to be very simple in the interest of effective communication. It is imperative, therefore, to start with a few functional definitions of culture.

Culture may be defined in a simple form as a set of traditions that are unique to a group of people in a society, which set them apart from other groups. It can also be defined as the ‘Way of Life’ of a group of people in a society. The theory of culture is a little more complex, however, when we talk about culture-within-culture, otherwise known as sub-cultures. It could actually be said to start with the basic individual ‘ways of life’ that make one person unique from the next person. Then we take it to the next level of family culture that binds a family together, differentiating its members from the next family in the community. Next up, there is the community culture, which sets one community apart from the next community within an ethnic group. And, of course, every ethnic group within a country is different from the next one in many ways, because each has unique ways of life called culture, made up of peculiar traditions or customs. And then, there is the culture of a country, in this case Nigeria, which sets us apart from Ghana and the other nations in West Africa. Specifying West Africa is to say that there are certain traits that you find to be common among West African nations, which set them apart from people of other regions of Africa. Then, finally, we have the African Culture, being special ways of life that are commonly found among Africans, making us distinctly different from Americans, Asians, Indians, and people from the other regions of the world.

When two different cultures meet in our contemporary world, there are acceptable rules of engagement, or principles that guide their interaction. The rules include mutual respect between the interacting cultures, and this is based on the notion that all cultures of the world are legitimate. The mutual respect begets mutual tolerance, and, the differences between the interacting cultures are seen as reasons for celebration, and not reasons to quarrel or disagree. In other words, it is recognized that there is beauty in cultural diversity. This was not the situation when the European race met with the African race for the first time so many years ago. Their meeting was the classical case of intercultural interaction gone badly!

The culprit of that classical error was ‘Mr. Ignorance,’ who is the cousin of ‘Mr. No-information.” When two cultures meet for the first time, the level of success of their interaction is partly determined by the information that each culture has about the other. This is where ‘Mr. Language,’ a son of ‘Mr. Communication,’ comes into play. When the white man and the black man met for the first time, they could not communicate, because their languages were a world apart. Based on this, a bunch of assumptions were made by each party about the other in that initial meeting, which determined the nature of the intercultural interaction between the two races.

The white man could not understand the language of the black man, and vice-versa; hence, each party believed that the other was not human. Unfortunately for the black man, his belief did not really matter; the white man was more powerful in many ways. Importantly, the white man was more ‘vocal’ in the global community, so, his views during that crucial initial encounter prevailed. The gist of it all is that the European race erroneously concluded that God intended the black race to be slaves; that blacks (Africans) were less than human. And, of course, if Africans were perceived as less than human, then there was absolutely no reason for the white man to believe that the African Culture was legitimate. That was the beginning of the demonization of the African Culture in its entirety!

That, also, was the Old World Order. Fortunately for Africa and the other “less privileged” cultures, God Almighty built the world around the phenomenon called Change. The wind of change is forever blowing, and continuously turning the world and humanity from one era to another as we grow in knowledge. For humanity, the change is most often about our Belief System. In other words, God’s intentions or design for humanity has never, and will never change! Rather, it is our understanding of those intentions that constantly changes. For instance, we once believed that the world was a flat object; now we know better; or, do we? Well, at least we do believe now that the world is spherical. Yet, the man that discovered this present fact was actually accused of “blasphemy” and executed when he revealed it; the same way that so many Africans died in slavery simply because other people believed that Africans were less than human. And, guess what—the white man actually often quoted the holy bible to justify his erroneous belief that the black man was subhuman. There are so many other examples of errors made by humanity based on wrong beliefs. This is enough reason for every human to leave an open mind about anything that we know as fact today, because facts are subject to change in the face of superior arguments or evidence.

Today, there is a New World Information Order, which has rubbished many of the beliefs of the Old Order, because we are now better informed about the world and human nature. My interest in this treatise is our better understanding of Humanity and Culture, in relation to religion, especially Christianity. In the New Order, Humanism is no longer a Eurocentric view of the world; all humans are now accepted to be equal in the eye of our creator. No wonder an African, Barrack Obama, is now in ‘The White House’ as the president of America, the greatest nation on earth; the same nation that had championed the Old-Order notion that blacks were sub-human. It is now a global consensus that all cultures of the world are equally legitimate, including religion; none is superior to the other, period! It is also a global consensus that none of the innumerable cultures of the world is pure or perfect. This is also true about religions. They are all flawed in various ways because we are all human, and anything human has faults, with no exception whatsoever. Therefore, there is one global consensus verdict on the culture of every society, be it village, country, or continent—Purify the culture; Don’t Destroy it! This is based on the welcomed notion that there is beauty, and there is unquantifiable positive value in cultural diversity. Have you ever tried to imagine how boring the world would be if all the peoples of the world looked, spoke, and behaved exactly alike? I don’t know about you, but I don’t even want to imagine it!!!

Not so long ago, opinion leaders of the African American community commenced a double-sided Herculean battle within the mainstream contemporary American campaign for new world information order. The new order seeks to make the African Culture relevant in the global scheme of things, starting with America. On one side of the African American campaign, the opinion leaders aimed to change the negative attitudes of the white, the Asian, the Hispanic and other outside communities towards the African people. Beyond this, however, the African American leaders also had to deal with the internal problem of convincing African American youths that their African heritage was worth being proud of. This internal campaign was imperative, because there were too many African American youths who, haven been bombarded with so much negative information about Africa, had gotten so disenchanted with the continent, that they denounced and renounced it as their heritage. Many insisted that they were black Americans, and not African Americans. In fact, they were ready to fight anyone who associated them with Africa. I should know; I had more than one fight of my own as recent as the 1970s and early 1980s in Houston, Texas, for telling some African Americans that they could not escape being African.

However, a sudden remarkable wind of change began to sweep across America not very long after the commencement of the massive global campaign for improved intercultural interaction in the 1980s. The general idea was to establish and promote the notion that all cultures of the world are legitimate, and each is relevant in the global scheme of things. Notable African Americans led the campaign from the Afro-centric perspective, and pursued it through their various personal experiences. Speaking of the people that I have personally encountered on this subject, very popular Baptist Minister, Reverend William (Bill) Lawson immediately comes to mind. So does Social Activist, Mr. DeLoyd Parker, founder of SHAPE Community Center in Houston, Texas. SHAPE is acronym for “Self Help for African People through Education.” And, of course, I would not forget Molefi Kete Asante, PhD, founder of Afrocentric Philosophical Movement (APM), who I spent a couple of hours with on the subject, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Dr. Asante is widely acclaimed to be in the top-five list of the most intellectual African Americans. He is a world acclaimed educator, and a world-renowned expert in the fields of Communication Studies, African American Studies, and African Studies. Incidentally, Molefi has been leading by example in the Afro-centricity campaign. Haven traced his ancestry to Ghana in West Africa in the 1960s; he dropped his English “slave” names (Arthur Lee Smith, Jr.) and adopted the Ghanaian names, Molefi Kete Asante.

Fundamentally, Molefi and his APM argue that it is time for “Afrocentric Enquiry Into Encounters;” that the world must begin to seriously consider African points of view in every global topical issue. This ‘New World Information Order’ argument basically negates the old ways that upheld a Euro-centric view of the world, which fostered the notion that the European culture was superior to all the other cultures of the world. The new campaign maintains that the notion of superiority of one culture over another is no longer tenable in the modern, better-informed world.

It was a great delight and honor to me as a young man way back then when I sat for over two hours and shared views with Molefi on this subject. Our discussion happened just a couple of years after his historical presentation in August 1979, at the “Bellagio International Conference On Black Communication.” His presentation became instrumental in UNESCO’s campaign for the New World Information Order. Titled “International Communication: An Afro-centric Inquiry Into Encounters,” Asante’s presentation basically condemned the “fallacy” of the old notion that anything that was not European, or consistent with European ways of life was wrong, bad or evil. In particular, Dr. Asante’s piece frowned at the categorical condemnation of traditional African religions, names, and other Afrocultural elements.

“The Zulu believe that they are the people of heaven,” Asante argues, “The Jews have contended that they are the chosen people; the Chinese say that they are in the middle kingdom of the earth; the Yoruba people of Africa believe that they were made a great people by the divine king, Oduduwa; and the Ashanti people say that a Golden Stool descended from the sky to firmly establish the Ashanti nation. Intercultural communication cannot effectively occur without regard to beliefs such as these.” According to Asante’s argument, the major differences in belief systems between the various peoples of the world, which are based on differences in cultural experiences, can no longer be ignored or underplayed.

It is clear that the campaign has caught on; intercultural tolerance and appreciation has improved quite remarkably since my first arrival on the soil of the USA in the 1970s. In recent times, Africa, as well as all the other cultures of the world, has clearly witnessed remarkable increased equity in cultural exchange during encounters. It is apparent that the global intercultural awareness campaign has not been a waste of effort after all. Americans, for instance, have gradually become more open to other cultures of the world. More Americans are now aware that the world does not begin and end in America, and they are more tolerant of the other cultures of the world. The intercultural improvement is also very apparent in many parts of the world. The manifestation of the new trend is apparent in the streets of New York, London, and Paris, to name just three western cities. African art, fashion, and music are suddenly in vogue in the western markets. People of various races are seen dressed in African fabrics and African fashion designs all over the place. It has even become fashionable to be an African in the United States. Even the Chinese are now more tolerant of black people, a far cry from their openly confessed hatred of the black man in the recent past.

There is only one big problem in my preceding scenario of New-World-Order in inter-cultural interaction. The problem is the Africans in Africa! Yes indeed; we are now our own worst enemies. We are supposed to feel good that the world has finally agreed that our culture, and we as a race, are legitimate. Rather, the more the rest of the world embraces our culture, the more we reject it. The contemporary white man is telling us that he now knows that his forefather was in error to say that the African Culture was illegitimate; but some of us are saying that the contemporary white man is wrong. What irony! We are virtually insisting that the 17th century white man who conceived that our culture was illegitimate, indeed, that we were not up to human, was correct. We believe that we must destroy our ways of life and behave like white people, or Chinese, maybe Indians, anything but African. Many of us are doing it in the name of Christ, and this is my focus. We claim that we have seen ‘The Light,’ and the light reveals that the African traditions, principles, and cultural artifacts are all evil. The light in question, if you ask them, is the word of God according to the teachings of Christ.

My basic argument here is that whosoever believes that Christ taught against, or the bible condemns Culture, is very misinformed, and I really don’t give a hoot who or what that person is. The person has a warped interpretation of the Holy Bible, and he grossly misunderstands the teachings of Christ. We are erroneously equating our entire culture to “idol worship”! Christ couldn’t have taught against cultural traditions; no society exists without sets of traditions and principles, which we call culture. Even ants and wild animals have traditions in their kingdoms! In fact, Christ did attend some cultural events, such as the annual Jewish Passover festival. He actually encouraged traditional events; otherwise he would not perform his first miracle of turning water into wine to support a traditional marriage ceremony at Cana in Galilee (John Chapter 2). Naturally, Christ did condemn some bad traditions, and faulted the mode of the application of others, without necessarily condemning them in entirety. So, it is really all about good and bad that exist in everything that is human. It is also about the reformist capacity to separate and eliminate the bad from the whole; then retain, nurture, and promote the good.

Our forefathers were guided by sets of Afro-Cultural traditions, which have defined and distinguished us as the people of Africa. They did not envisage our society to be turned into one with European or American ways of life. We owe our fathers, our forefathers, ourselves, and the coming generations a duty to preserve a refined version of those traditions that were handed down to us, and hand them down to the generations after us. This is what all peoples of the world are doing today, apparently with the exception of Africans, particularly Nigerians.

I must emphasize that mine is a reformist campaign; I am only arguing for the preservation of the good traditions in the African Culture, and definitely not the bad ones. We must learn to practice the message and wisdom of the ‘baby-and-dirty-bath-water’ adage: we bathe our baby, pick it up from the dirty bath water, throw away the dirty bath water, and then keep and nurture our baby. We eliminate the bad or outdated traditions and nurture the culture. Too many of us are too enlightened in this age to allow ourselves to behave like fools that throw their babies away with the dirty bath water. This, of course, is to affirm that the African Culture is basically a good baby, a little dirty, that’s for sure, but our cherished baby all the same, just like every other culture of the world. And so, what we must do, which other peoples of the world are doing, is to refine the African Culture; modify or completely throw away all the negative traditions, and retain the good ones, in service to the Almighty God.

This is a good place to bring in a few more diverse definitions of culture by anthropologists, theologians, and other scholars, some of whom have approached it from Christian perspectives. Let’s start with T. S. Eliot, who wrote in his 1949 text, Christianity and Culture: “Culture may be described simply as that which makes life worth living.” Emil Brunner, a theologian, stated in his 1948 text, Christianity and Civilization: “Culture is materialization of meaning.” Another theologian, Donald Bloesch, stated that culture is “the task appointed to humans to realize their destiny in the world, in service to the glory of God.” Later, in 1966, an anthropologist, E. Adamson Hoebel’s text, “Anthropology: The Study of Man,” said that culture “is the integrated system of learned behavior patterns which are characteristic of the members of a society and which are not the result of biological inheritance.”

“All of these definitions can be combined to include the world views, actions, and products of a given community of people,” summed Jerry Solomon (theologian) in his 1995 text titled “Christianity And Culture.” In Christ and Culture in Dialogue, Angus J. L. Menuge said, “It is impossible in practice to separate oneself from culture; as culture permeates our thinking and language, it is as much in us as it is around us. We may keep out some bad influences of culture but others will remain inside.”

Far back in 1913, J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) posed the key question in the controversy: “Are Christianity and culture in a conflict that is to be settled only by the destruction of one or the other of the contending forces?” He followed with a response to his own question: “A third solution, fortunately, is possible-namely consecration. Instead of destroying the arts and sciences, or being indifferent to them, let us cultivate them with all the enthusiasm of the humanist, but at the same time consecrate them to the service of our God.”- The Princeton Theological Review, Vol. 11, 1913.

“That the forest should meet Christian urbanism was the most natural thing in the world,” wrote one of Africa’s pride, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka. “And I think that there were narratives in which the priest himself had to confront, shall we say, the equivalent of what you might call the goblins of the woods. And he had to bring his own Christian powers and negotiate a kind of existence with them.”

A recurrent reformist notion in many of the religion-inclined definitions I have come across is the need to employ culture “in service to the glory of God.” And, the basis, theme, indeed, the entire essence of my argument is that the “bad influences of culture be kept out, and others remain inside” to be consecrated and employed “in service to the glory of God.” In other words, let’s clean up our baby, throw away the dirty bath water, and nurture our baby. We must not annihilate our culture, any culture!

My book posits, and I affirm in this treatise, that Christianity is among the strongest foreign negative impacts on Culture in contemporary Nigeria. Remember, however, that I am talking about Christianity as practiced by a new wave of ignorant, unpatriotic African pastors, and their ‘blind followers.’ In Nigeria, West Africa, the new-wave pastors are grossly misinterpreting the Holy Bible, and attempting to annihilate Africa’s Culture, misguidedly in the name of Christ. Some of them are committing all manner of mischief in the process, and the ultimate name of their game is money. The more successful ones are living like ancient Roman Emperors in outlandish affluence with monies that are emotionally and often diabolically extorted from vulnerable Christians. The pastors make huge money when they sell the idea to their followers that the African Ways of Life are anti-God. Next, the gullible followers are brainwash to believe that they are plagued by “generational curses,” which are associated with the African traditional elements or artifacts. And, of course, the curses have to be lifted with “anointed oil,” “holy water,” and special sanctification prayers by the pastors, all of which cost huge sums of money.

In essence, the funky pastors are propagating the demonization of African religions and other cultural traditions, a notion basically originated largely in the 17th century; even when the architects of the notion have repented about it. In the new world where other peoples of the world are making visible efforts to promote and preserve their cultures, new-wave born-again pastors are urging Africans to do everything possible to annihilate the African Culture. We are gradually but surely transforming ourselves into a people without a culture of our own. We are fast becoming counterfeit versions of European and American Cultures, which we copy and bastardize. It is my sad observation that this ugly trend is most prevalent in Igbo land in Nigeria, West Africa. More sadly, my very own village is a spearhead of the trend. And, most sadly, many of our enlightened brothers and sisters are sitting back and allowing the less enlightened ones to call the shots that are destroying our culture…that’s some serious Bullshitting!!!

 

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