Religion and Democracy in Africa

This series, edited by Oludamini Ogunnaike, is based on the virtual conference, "Religion and Democracy in Africa: Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Possibilities," hosted by the University of Virginia in May 2022.

Africans have been decolonizing, critiquing, but also enriching liberal democracy from an African perspective since colonial times. Pro-democracy and decolonial intellectuals owe a debt to this body of work and can learn from it.

The spread of Garveyism from the US to Africa was as much about political liberation as it was religious salvation.

Yoruba political ontology, non-competitive democracy, and the sacrality of power in Nigeria.

We need to stop looking to Euro-America and its models and traditions, especially religion, as the source of all answers to the problems of the African continent and its people.