The Impact of Migration on African Traditional Religion

Sarwuan Daniel Shishima

Sarwuan Daniel Shishima

Keywords: Impact, Migration, Religion, African Traditional Religion



Migration almost always affects religion. This is so because when people migrate to a new place, they alter routines of daily life, and new experience inevitably acts upon even the most tenaciously held religious traditions. Religion often inspires migration too. The paper looks at the impact of migration on African religion. The main aim of the paper is to examine the positive and negative impacts of migration on African religion. The paper adopts the descriptive and phenomenological methods of analysis drawing information from secondary sources. In the course of the research, it was discovered that there is intersection of African religion and migration especially as it affects migration. That, African traditional religious practices are moved to the cities during migration through a familial linkage of home and city with tremendous consequences. That, migration has a lot of impact on the cultures of different people. Migration has caused the distortion of the cultural fabrics of Africans by the cosmopolitan nature of the urban centres. This is because many migrants abandon their cherished African lives and indulge in foreign cultural lifestyles that are not African but found abroad.

The paper concludes that migration has both positive and negative impact on African traditional religion. Migration has impacted African traditional religion in many areas. The African-ness in the lives of migrants of African origin and those who have been submerged by the expansion of cities always makes it difficult for them to discard their culture even if it means secret indulgences. This has brought about religious syncretism. The paper recommends that Africans need to be educated and given orientation to always return or remember their roots even in a foreign land. That, documentation of research on African religion and migration is key in understanding not just migration issues but African religion in particular. Therefore, more research on issues of migration and African religion should be carried out.

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