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Olufuko shames detractors


by Deputy Editor
Columns

We watched Olufuko Festival and listened to what those opposed to the event said.
The churches that stood against the revival of Olufuko seem not to understand the Africanness that has kept some cultures clean of the decay permeating the society today.
The so-called ‘champions of human rights’ too seem to be so blind that they see anything African as evil or as bent on causing harm to women.
Now that Olufuko is gone and the event described as a ‘success’, do the churches and the captains of human rights still believe that it was meant to sexually harass women?
Surprisingly, those who do not believe in what churches preach have never stopped churches from scheming money from fools who follow them every day.
There has never been a run on preachers who lie through their teeth about heavenly promises, which they will never be able to fulfill for the benefit of all the desperate souls seeking salvation.
And nobody too seems to worry about the double standards the captains of human rights engage in when it comes to Africa. But this should not be surprising because it is all about money. Once and when they keep quiet, their coffers dry up.
Why would some churches look down upon other beliefs and religions? Who told them what they believe in are the right things? Such intolerance is appalling. Why can’t they let the people judge for themselves?
It would have been better if the church and the self-proclaimed champions of democracy and human rights had advanced relevant and plausible reasons for dismissing Olufuko even before they had seen what would happen.   
Roman Catholic has been able to stand the test of time because it adopts and adapts to other cultures. Roman Catholic knows that in order to survive, they have to work within existing structures, especially in Africa. They know that pretending that no other cultures and beliefs do not exist is being utterly stupid. That is what churches should be like. This is exactly why Government has been pushing for a return to traditional churches.
Yeah, why would a church led by Africans and attended by Africans rubbish a very important aspect of other African cultures? It does not make cultural sense at all.
It’s exciting that the organisers of Olufuko went ahead with the event because this is not the time other religions, cultures and beliefs sit heavily on those they deem lesser. It’s not time for cultural subjugation through culture and religion.
The success of Olufuko should let those who seek to subjugate others’ beliefs and cultures that this is not the 18th century any more.