In my country, the two biggest real estate owners are the state and the church.
They are also the two biggest tax/money collectors.
Both got their lands through expropriation during colonial times.
Today with the huge amount of money both collect and spend only for the pleasure and frivolities of the few, they are the two most regressive, anti-progress and predatory organizations in my country.
Both specialized in putting the people asleep through somnolent discourse and deception.
As far as we are millions to recognize the predatory nature of the colonial states we still have in Africa, we still have long way to go before we recognize the true nature of the church and its damage on our country and people.
The EU, the US, the IMF, and the World Bank which are the main organizations currently managing African affairs are quick to criticize the corruption of the state, but won’t write a single report on the corruption of the church which is in most case more powerful and more influential than the state.
We won’t see progress in Africa without dealing with the church and its negative impact on our communities.
For the Christians reading this post, hold your church accountable. Use the money collected to build more schools and hospitals, not more churches.
There are now a church every 150m in Lome, capital of Togo. In some areas our estimate is every 75m. Ten years ago, the numbers might be close to 500m/1km.
In medieval Roma, there was a church every 200m. It was the dark age.
Africa is now in the dark age.