In the African context, spirituality takes preeminence even amongst the most average Africans. Spirituality gives us a level of hope and faith in supremacy that is astounding. The concept of Imani swells around hope. We believe deeply and with all our hearts in our people, parents, teachers, leaders, and the righteousness and victory of all our struggles.
Imani fuels our belief in God, our heritage, and our family. We have a conviction that is powerful and absolute, that we will overcome every painful struggle. Africa is soaked in many traditional Faiths. However, it is predominated by the traditional African religion, Christianity, and Islam. The traditional African religions emanate from the Yorubas and Igbos from Nigeria who have deities, Senegal’s serer, the Akan of Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. The people of the ancient Congo Kingdom, have their own as well etc. These cultures are steeped in oral tradition, confined to cities and peoples, and passed down from one generation to another.
Since Africa has such a rich historical past, numerous religious threads are interwoven into its diversity. Christianity, Islam, and Ba’hai are significant beliefs, but even indigenous Faiths like Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Rastafarianism have their place on the continent. Underlying each one, however, is the strong belief in the hope that we all feel. It’s like being bound in one pulsating heart of togetherness that lives for the belief Imani stands for – the belief in victory.