African Spirituality and Christianity are seemingly two opposing ideologies. Yet, there are African Initiated Churches such as ZCC and Ibandla Lamanazaretha (Shembe) who are somehow able to situate the African identity whithin Christianity. Historically, how did these churches come about? Spiritually, how do they navigate the realities of the lives of their followers?
Then there are also African Spiritual Healing modalities that use aspects of Christianity within their practice, such as isithunywa. How are these conflicting beliefs coexisting and functioning together?
I spoke to one of the most insightful elders that I know, Gogo Aubrey Matshiqi to help unpack this complex and deeply divisive topic.