Africans the world over have employed language, belief, ritual, clothes, hairstyles, stories and food to resist and transform colonisers’ religions and cultural practices.
More than 50 years ago, six footballers from northern travelled to England. Famously playing barefoot, they defeated the Great British Olympic team 2-1. One of them, Okot p’Bitek, remained to study, going on to become a renowned East African poet.
Manufacturing in Africa is six times more productive than agriculture. The growth in services on the continent has contributed to no or slow growth in overall per capita income.
“If prayers were enough”, said American preacher TD Jakes, “Nigeria would be one of the richest countries in the world”.
He has written dozens of letters marked “SOS” and seeking financial assistance. When they go unanswered, an already-poor Halilu often takes out personal loans to make sure feed patients get fed.