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Postby Kwame Nyame 64 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:44 pm

AFRIKANIA MISSION



Afrikania Mission is a Neo-Traditional Movement established in Ghana in 1982 by a former Catholic Priest, Kwabena Damuah, who resigned from the church and assumed the traditional priesthood titles, Osofo Okomfo. The Mission aims to reform and update African traditional religion, and to promote nationalism and Pan-Africanism. Rather than being a single new religious movement, Afrikania also organizes various traditional shrines and traditional healers into associations bringing unity to a diffused system and thereby a greater voice in the public arena. Afrikania has instituted an annual convention for the traditional religion. It has become a mouthpiece of traditional religion in Ghana through its publications, lectures, seminars, press conferences, and radio and television broadcast in which it advocates a return to traditional religion and culture as the spiritual basis for the development of Africa. The Mission is also known by other names such as AMEN RA (derived from Egyptian religion, and interpreted to mean ‘God Centred’), Sankofa faith (implying a return to African roots for spiritual and moral values) and Godian Religion, which it adopted briefly during a period of association with Godianism, a Nigerian based neo-traditional Movement.

The previously mentioned Dr Kwabena Damuah (1930–92), a Roman Catholic Priest resigned from the Church and started the Mission in 1982. Damuah traces his religious evolution to the lingering influence of his father and grandfather who were herbalists and traditionalists and their simple yet effective ministration to people. Studying in America (1965–71) may also have made Damuah aware of his own identity as an African especially as this was during the time of Black power and the Civil Rights Movement. His doctoral thesis (Howard University 1971) on the Traditional Religion of the Wassa Amenfi of Western Ghana proposed that Africa’s quest for identity and self-determination could best be achieved by a return to traditional spiritual roots. He attributed his immediate decision to form Afrikania Mission to attending a conference of religious leaders in Moscow (in 1981) where he noticed that almost everybody was Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or Christian but no one represented African Traditional Religion.

The teachings of the Movement can be found in the Afrikania Handbook, Miracle at the Shrine and the other pamphlets authored by Damuah and his successor Osofo Kofi Ameve. The Afrikania Handbook states, ‘It is not a new religion. It is traditional religion “come alive”, reformed and updated. Afrikania is here not to destroy, but to fulfil the dream of a new Africa.’

The teachings, which are summarized into ten Articles of Faith, fourteen Pillars of life cover religious beliefs, socioeconomic concerns and political activism though these often overlap. Recurrent in the pillars and articles are African values such as service to the community, respect for elders, etc. They also urge Africans to write wills to avoid litigation at death, to use time wisely and to engage in what is called agricultural evangelism, etc. They stress the efficacy and validity of African libation, prayer and sacrifices as well as other rituals. They recognize the mediation of the gods and ancestors. Among the latter, they list Pan-African figures such as Kwame Nkrumah, J.B.Danquah, K.A. Busia, Jomo Kenyatta, Malcolm X, etc. Afrikania Mission also promotes herbal medicine, which is closely associated with the traditional religion. Afrikania holds a Sunday forenoon worship service at various locations in big cities like Accra. In the Volta Region of Ghana the services are normally held on Sunday afternoon under the designation of Sankofa. The liturgy used during such services is similar to Christian services in structure, but is traditional in content.

Politically, Damuah initially saw the mission as a corollary to the ideals of the Jerry John Rawlings Revolution, which led to the formation of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government in Ghana. He joined the PNDC government in December 1981 and resigned in August 1982 before forming Afrikania Mission on 22 December 1982.

The movement is very nationalistic in its teaching promoting the tenets of Pan-Africanism and African emancipation. Its worship sites fly the Ghanaian national flag. The liturgical readings at worship are taken from the ‘Egyptian book of the Dead’, and a book of African Scriptures ‘The Divine Acts’ initiated by Damuah and developed by Kofi Ameve. They also use various pan-Africanist political literature.

In 1992 the founder Osofo Okomfo Damuah died. His succession led to a schism into two groups, the African Renaissance Mission led by Osofo Kofi Ameve and Afrikania Mission led by Osofo Dankama Quarm. The African Renaissance Mission, which has a larger following, reassumed the name Afrikania Mission in 2000. Under the leadership of His Holiness Osofo Kofi Ameve the Mission has gained a level of recognition as the mouthpiece of the traditional faith through its various activities. These include defending cultural practices especially against human rights activists, organizing training for prospective Afrikania priests, organizing the branches of the Mission in various areas of Ghana especially the Volta Region, and speaking on national issues such as religion in education, etc. They have also succeeded in organizing some traditional shrines and healers into associations and promote herbal healing as alternative medicine in Ghana. Afrikania also organizes an annual convention of traditional religions and are advocating for a traditional holiday in line with the national Christian and Muslim holidays. Afrikania also uses the media effectively and has a radio programme, the Afrikania Hour, through which it propagates its ideas. It has also acquired a site to build a University to study traditional culture and medicine in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. Kofi Ameve died in 2003. In April 2004, the Mission elected a new leader, Osofo Komfo Atsu Kove. In his inaugural address, he noted the mainly adult membership of the Mission and promised to build schools that would nurture the youth and ensure the continuous growth of the Mission.

Afrikania Mission is significant for its intellectual support of traditional religion through literature, lectures, seminars, radio and television broadcast. Rather than being a single new religious movement, Afrikania also organizes various traditional shrines and traditional healers into associations in an attempt to bring unity to a diffused system and thereby give a greater voice to the traditional faith in the public arena. Though attempts to unite with Godianism of Nigeria have failed, the Mission still supports continental moves towards unity among the neo-traditional movements and is linked to groups and individuals in the African Diaspora some of whom/which support the movement financially.

Further reading
Bediako, K. (1995) Christianity in Africa, The Renewal of a non- Western Religion, Edinburgh: Orbis.

Gyanfosu, S. (2002) ‘A Traditional Religion Reformed: Vicent Kwabena Damuah and the Afrikania Movement 1982–2000’, in D.Maxwell with I.Lawrie (eds) Christianity and the African Imagination, Leiden: Brill.

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Postby Kwame Nyame 64 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:47 pm

CHRISTIANITY AND AFRICAN IMAGINATION
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Postby Kwame Nyame 64 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:52 pm

VINCENT KWAMENA DAMUAH

Vincent Kwabena Damuah (* 1930, † August 1992) (also: Osofo Okomfo Damuah or Osofo Komfo Kwabena Damuah) were a prominent catholic priest, theologian and a politician in westAfrican State Ghana. During the second military dictatorship under Jerry Rawlings Damuah was member of the provisional government of the Provisional national Defence Council (PNDC).

Damuah was founder of the Afrikania mission, a religious national movement with strong political principles and goals[1]. The establishment of the Afrikania mission is to have taken place in December 1982[2]. Other sources call the catholic priest Osofo Okomfo Damuah than founders of the Afrikania mission in the year 1985[3]. Here it probably concerns the same person[4]. (Osofo is those Twi- Name for a Christian priest, Okomfo designates a traditional priest, contrary to Obosomfo not of divinities possessed becomes).





Office for priest

Damuah was between 1957 and 1982 in the office of a Roman-catholic priest actively. Its separating from the office for priest was operated on the part of the church, when Damuah under Jerry Rawlings member of the PNDC became. Damuah based thereupon the Afrikania mission in December 1982[5]. This movement was not motivated only politically, separates aimed at a return to a modern traditional African religion as pan African religion with the status of a world religion off[6].

As young priests became Damuah in the time of the government under president Kwame Nkrumah due to his criticism at the regime of the first president of Ghana for short time arrests. Trips of this criticism at the regime were the plans Nkrumahs, those Ghana Young Pioneers (GYP), a group of propaganda, to establish at the schools. Ghana Young Pioneers carried wonderful-end propaganda on the person of the president into the population, whom Nkrumah from the view of the Christians with Jesus placed Christ[7]. These Wahlsprüche read for example: Nkrumah this more never (dt.: Nkrumah never dies) or Nkrumah of does NO wrong (dt.: Nkrumah never errs). Nkrumah had referred the anglikanischen bishop and chairman of the advice of the Christians in Ghana, bishop Reginald smelling pool of broadcasting corporations Roseveare, the country, since this publicly strong criticism at its government had expressed[8]. Damuah criticized for his part the classification of the bishop and for this as a dissident in detention was set[9]. Only on operation high Ghanaian cleric became Damuah the detention to dismiss.


Politician

Damuah was already during its time active as priests quite politically. It stepped already in the year 1979 during the military rule of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Councils (AFRC) against the catholic church, when he endorsed the Exekution of three former heads of state publicly[10]. Damuah became by the following utterance admits:

Incoming goods DO emergency love those executed less but incoming goods love our country more. Why all the foot about execution? I believe that the A.F.R.C has the right ton exact capital punishment for the common good OF the country. Incoming goods hope and pray that the NUMBERs is emergency too large. Christian died on the CROSSes tons save one child. Incoming goods hope and pray that those who have ton those, accept the challenge courageously and prayerfully tons save Ghana.[11]
(dt.: We do not love the Exekutierten less, but we love our country more. Why as much waiving over the executions? I believe, the AFRC have the right to impose even the highest punishments to well-being of the country. We hope and pray, the number may not be to high. Christ died at the cross for the well-being of mankind. We hope and pray, those, which die, like their task courageously and result in to accept for the well-being of Ghana.)
Damuah was considered as supporter and a friend of the military dictator Jerry Rawlings and its anti-western divided and partly than anti-like a Christian felt ideologies. After the second Putsch by Rawlings to 31. December 1981 became Damuah from the outset member of the first siebenköpfigen PNDC and therefore member of the provisional government of Ghana. In November 1982 it withdrew from this office[12].


Works

Damuah, Kwabena: Introduction ton traditional religion: Afrikania Reformed African Traditional religion, Religious text, Afrikania mission, 1988, 2nd edition
Damuah, Kwabena: African Contribution ton of Civilization, Accra: Nsamankow press, 1985.http://www.barnard.edu/religion/postscr ... -2_1-3.pdf
Damuah, Kwabena: Afrikania Handbook. Accra: Nsamankow press, 1982.
Damuah, Kwabena: Afrikania (Reformed Traditional religion). Common scythe Series 8. Accra:
Damuah, Kwabena: Afrikania mission, 1984.African Contribution ton of Civilization. Accra: Nsamankow press, 1985.
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