How soccer and religion fight it out for the hearts of Africans

Source: Quartz

In this age of globalization few events draw more attention than sport as the World Cup in Russia illustrates with billions of people across the globe glued to their screens. At this time in football crazy Africa, specialists and ordinary fans are watching, discussing and analyzing the World Cup.


But the excitement and euphoria come with a unique challenge to the continent’s religions. Africa remains firmly devout across different faiths.

 By 2060, more than 40% of the world’s Christians and 27% of Muslims will call sub-Saharan Africa home. ,By 2060, more than 40% of the world’s Christians up from 26% in 2015, according to a new analysis of demographic data. The Centre also projects that sub-Saharan Africa will be home to a growing share of the world’s Muslims: that between 2015 and 2060, the share of all Muslims living in the region is projected to increase from 16% to 27%.

Religion, as a result, colors the way Africans see the world. Generally they don’t listen to politicians, because politicians are aloof and distant. They however listen to religious and traditional leaders because Africans believe that they are human representations of the divine horizon – the realm of truth.

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