Majority of Africans are Christians
The majority of Africans are Christians, here is a percentage chart and explanation of the major African religions.
Did you know: Twenty-nine African countries are predominantly Christian,13 majority Islamic, one African county is majority Hindu and and one Indigenous beliefs. Keep in mind most religions on the African continent are practiced in a combination of religious belief platforms as it is a common scene to see Voodoo and Christianity practiced side by side in many West African countries.
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Brief description of major African Religions.
Animism is the belief that non-human entities contain souls or spirits. Animism the World’s Oldest Religion, in Africa today Animist beliefs and organized religious practices such as Islam and Christianity are practiced side by side. Animism is from the Latin word anima, meaning breath, spirit, and life.
Christianity's central belief maintains Jesus of Nazareth is the promised messiah of the Hebrew Scriptures, and that his life, death, and resurrection are salvific for the world. Its sacred texts include the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Catholicism is the oldest established western Christian church and the world's largest single religious body. Orthodox Christianity is the oldest established eastern form of Christianity. The Orthodox Christian faith shares many theological tenets with the Roman Catholic Church, but diverges on some key premises and does not recognize the governing authority of the Pope. The oldest Protestant Christianity’s include Lutheranism, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians, as well as Pentecostal movements.
Unlike many of the world’s religions Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings. The Hindu belief is that gods or divinities can take many forms, but all form one universal spirit called Brahman. The three most important representations of Brahman are Brahma, the creator of the universe, Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, and Shiva, the destroyer of the universe. Hinduism is derived from a Sanskrit word that means dwellers by the Indus River.
Islam originated with the teachings of Muhammad in the 7th century. Muslims believe Muhammad is the final of all religious prophets beginning with Abraham and that the Qu'ran, which is the Islamic scripture, was revealed to him by God. Islam derives from the word submission, and obedience to God is a primary theme in this religion. The two primary branches of Islam are Sunni and Shia, Sunni Islam accounts for the vast majority of the world's Muslim population, 75 percent.
Voodoo also known as Vodun is a form of spirit and ancestor worship combined with some Christian faiths, especially Catholicism. Voodoo has no written word; it is a nature based community centered religion that supports and empowers. Voodoo is a religion originating in Africa and is practiced around the world by millions of voodoo practitioners or Voodooists. Batá drums are also the iconic symbol and sound of the Vodun or Voodoo religion. The Epe Ekpe Voodoo Festival has been celebrated in the same area of Southern Togo for over 320 years.
|African County||Largest Religion Percentage|
|Burkina Faso||Islamic 61.5%|
|Cabo Verde||Christianity 98%|
|Central African Republic||Christianity 89.5%|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Christianity 95%|
|Republic of the Congo||Christianity 79%|
|Cote d'Ivoire||Islamic 42.9%,|
|Equatorial Guinea||Christianity 89%|
|Eritrea||Christianity 50% Islamic 50%|
|Ethiopia||Ethiopian Orthodox 43.8%|
|The Gambia||Islamic 95.7%|
|Madagascar||Indigenous beliefs 59%|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Christianity 99%|
|Sierra Leone||Islamic 78.6%|
|South Africa||Christianity 86%|
|South Sudan||Christianity 56%|