Religion and Democracy in Africa

Guest edited by Oludamini Ogunnaike and is based on the conference, "Religion and Democracy in Africa," hosted by the University of Virginia in May 2022.

Hausa poetics of compassion and resistance in northern Nigeria in the age of pandemics and neoliberal democracy.

Indigenous traditions possess the greatest potential for developing robust civic values and identity in Africa.

Mainstream discourses about Aamajiranci, northern Nigeria’s Qur'anic schooling system, expose the power politics of knowledge in postcolonial societies.

We need to rethink how people seek sustenance and wealth, but not divorced from their moral values, convictions, and expectations.

Fanon Studies has stubbornly failed to consider how Algeria may illuminate Frantz Fanon’s theoretical commitments.

The legal politics of religious difference in late colonial northern Nigeria still resonate more than 60 years post-independence.

The imperative to tell the untold stories of Zimbabwean freedom fighters during that country’s liberation war, especially their engagement with spirituality.

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.