This pain will not kill us, it is building us.

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

Sadly, not many Africans understand that before the intervention from the West and Arabs, Africa had a thriving economy, high culture, backed by sophisticated religious and social institutions.

For those of us who see everything West as superior, those who suffer from White Saviour Complex, those that believe that everything African is either demonic or backward; we existed in tribes, sometimes in kingdoms, and we traded with each other harmoniously and efficiently.

According to missionaries who first visited our shores, poverty was a rare occurrence. But today churches are either manipulating members to give to the church as a way out of poverty, or praying earnestly against the ‘spirit of poverty’.

In terms of intertribal relations, cooperation and trade was fostered by oaths, people were given to marriage, and festivals were used to galvanise communities and maintain peace. Yes, there were occasional intertribal and even civil wars, like other continent on the face of this earth, but the Elders had ways of correcting these problems, and forging ahead.

Hence the Fulanis and the Ilajes did not have any problem traveling through the continent for their business. The former were allowed to graze their cattle and trade, while the Ilajes freely pitched their tents along the coast of West Africa.

Like Europe and Asia, I believe that our socioeconomic systems would have moved towards or even exceed the level of progress we see in dominant cultures today. Thinkers would have emerged who challenged bad norms, appealed for discontinuity of unethical customs, and advocate for more progressive practices.

However, slavery and later colonialism, deposed our monarchs, destroyed our education, philosophy, culture and traditions. Nation states were forcefully created because they were less costly to manage by colonialists. On a side note, you will notice that countries that are doing economically well seem to be smaller countries with fewer tribes and languages.

That said, I hasten to qualify that I am not advocating for the splitting up of countries like Nigeria either, I am simply trying to highlight the level of administrative complications created by colonialism. In fact I believe that we have learnt a lot from these problems, and that Africa is moving into a season of peace and prosperity, as we begin to reap the dividends of our pain and travails.

In the meantime there is so much against the continent. Not to mention the impact of the two dominant faith traditions: Islam and Christianity. It seems like anytime we take steps forward, something else comes up to remind us how much we need to reclaim knowledge from our history. In Nigeria, the brutal civil war, issues in the Niger Delta, Boko Haram, and now Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

Writer and author Terry Pratchett once said:

If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going. And if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re probably going wrong.

He is right.

I hear Mama Africa say: weep not child, a change is upon you. Stand tall, and keep pressing forward!

Healingsprings fellowship: Human Capital Development

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This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship

Like other nations of that era the Exile from The Promised Land, the destruction of The Temple; the captivity of the people was meant to be the end of the Jewish people. However it turned out to be their defining moment owing to the efforts of visionary leaders like Ezra, Nehemiah, and the company of faithfuls that bought into their vision, making that hard long journey from Babylon to Jerusalem. 

In similar vein, the movie Hidden Figures demonstrates the influence of leaders within Black Churches in that era. Their vision and hope for Social Justice will inspire women to work for NASA and IBM, and to be the best in their fields. In-spite of segregation, and other racial challenges these women excelled and made their mark in history.
This Sunday as part of my series God Was In Christ, I will be showing Hidden Figures with a view to demonstrate the church’s vital work of Reconciliation
Our role as Salt and Light. Our role in harmonising planet earth to God through our hunger and thirst for Social Justice.
Join us @ 3pm, light refreshments afterwards
The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 


Kent DA14 6BX
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This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship! 


The psalmist wrote: “O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.” – Ps 65:2.
In the same vein Luke recalls a parable by Jesus about a corrupt judge and a helpless widow (Luke 18:1-8).

What have these two passages got in common? 

What are these writers trying to convey to their audience?

To this end we take another look at prayer. So during the course of this evenings lecture, I will explore:

  • What is prayer?
  • Why do we pray? 

  • How we should pray

So, join us for Prayer, as we delve into this subject and related themes. 


Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA 
(Free parking in front of the school and adjacent streets)