The idea of heaven and hell is to today, the most genius, tricky and heinous lies that have been told to mankind. And its effect is more disastrous in Africa.
The concept of ‘Heaven’ and ‘Hell’ is purely a fabrication and a tool used to subdue the consciousness and retaliation of Africans. Heaven and hell are European tools of manipulation.
There is no white (pink) God is the sky. And there is no devil in hell. Of course, what kind of God would sit in the sky and watch the whole world in chaos and do nothing? Doesn’t it surprise you that the same Europeans who brought Africans the story of heaven and hell will arrest you if you dared preached about God in the streets of London?
The same people who brought the Bible and preached the “Vanity” gospel are hell-bent on milking the resources in Africa, to enrich themselves. Why aren’t they seeing our gold, copper, diamonds, uranium, cobalt, limestone, crude oil, and many more, as a vanity? Why do they cause wars among us, just so they can sneak in, steal our resources, and make a heaven for themselves here on earth? Why are the churches in Europe being converted to hotels and all sorts? Where is their desire to be with their God in heaven?
The concept of heaven with a white (pink) God sitting in the sky, and a black (brown) devil with horns burning in hell, Is the gravest of insults and dehumanization the Negro race has faced through European narratives, put forward by Christianity, and other Abrahamic Religions.
Before the coming of the missionaries, many African peoples and cultures never believed in a “hellfire” where sinners or offenders would go after they die and burn for eternity. The idea of it was so absurd that one would be taken for a drunk or mad person if he/she said such.
Africans believed in reincarnation as the only possible way for one to exit and re-enter this mortal reality. Many tribes believed that once a person died, the soul/spirit will return through a newborn child in that nuclear or extended family.
In many ethnic nationalities, such as the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, when a child was born, divination was done to discover which of the ancestors was coming back through the child. Sometimes it was an ancestor from the father’s side of the family, and at other times, it was an ancestor from the mother’s side of the family.
On many occasions, the family tries to identify the child by birthmarks, and statements a child makes when it becomes able to speak. Many times, the child is a complete replica of a dead relative. And the child’s parents and living relatives can’t help but name the child after the dead relative. This is how most African traditions and cultures viewed life and death.
There was a strong belief that whatever sins one committed and died, he would come back to the world to make amends. If one lived a bad life here on earth, he/she could come back and be punished for it. Sometimes, he/she might come back as an animal or tree.
This was the general belief in most African cultures, and it is so to date. Many of such peoples are: Akamba (Kenya), Akan (Ghana), Lango (Uganda), Luo (Zambia), Ndebele (Zimbabwe), Sebei (Uganda), Yoruba (Nigeria), Shona (Zimbabwe), Nupe (Nigeria), Igbo, Illa (Zambia), and many others.
There are, of course, different interpretations and understandings of the processes of reincarnation. Some of these ethnic nationalities believe in a “partial” reincarnation of an ancestor in one or several individuals strictly within the same family, while others believe that it is a continuous cycle of rebirths.
Reincarnation is known by many names throughout the various peoples: amongst the Yorubas of Nigeria rebirth is referred to in various ways, including Yiya omo, translated as the “shooting forth of a branch” or “turning to be child,” and A-tun-wa, “another coming.”
The Igbo call it “Iyi uwa” or “ino uwa” which means “returning to life,” as they believe death is an end to one life only and a gateway to another. Man must be reborn, for reincarnation is a spiritual necessity.
This was how Africans viewed life and death, till Christianity came and corrupted their egalitarian nature and high consciousness and spirituality.
Since these lies have been indoctrinated into the African consciousness, African Christians have surrendered their fate to a caucasian God, and have allowed the pillaging of their lands by foreigners. They do not fight back, because they believe God will fight for them. Or they believe that the reward for their sufferings at the hands of others will grant them passage into heaven. And so, they fold their arms and do nothing. They believe God will punish the oppressor and send the oppressor to hell.
That’s just arrant nonsense!!!
Till today, these beliefs of reincarnation are expressed and practiced in many African cultures, even though they have plenty of them who are Christians or Muslims. And for as long as we Africans live on this earth, deep down, our spiritual entry and exit, would be through reincarnation. The Europeans can hold onto their tales of heaven and hell.
Dear African and African Diaspora; free your mind of that fear and enslavement. You are a god. Neither heaven nor hell is real. Reincarnation is our way. We must preach it and believe it.
Article Written By Chuka Nduneseokwu