Africa is a ginormous and diverse continent. Some highlight its unity, and others draw attention to its many different cultures, climates, beliefs, ethnicities, histories and present-day realities. Christianity and religion in Africa is as complex and varied as anywhere, precisely because it is entangled with the many lifeworlds of the people, because in inhabits different languages, and because this is always the case everywhere. And as with everywhere else, the scene is changing and shifting as history takes its course.

These are some thinker-activists from different regions in the continent, and their experiences and visions are not one-and-the-same. What is common to them is that they do African theologies — theologies in an African key — and they do not replicate or mimic the Eurocentric theologies that arrived during the the colonial takeover and division of the continent by European powers. The reader should not forget, either, that Christianity has been in Africa long before European Christianity was brought and imposed by colonialists. Therefore, there are both older and newer expression of Christianity that deserve attention when thinking about Africa.

North Africa

Isaiah M. Dau (Sudan)

West Africa

J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Ghana)

Kwame Bediako (Ghana)

Kwesi Dickson (Ghana)

Bolaji Idowu (Nigeria)

Emmanuel Katongole (Uganda)

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop (Nigeria)

Thomas Oduro (Ghana) also works in the U.S.A.

Johnson A. Mbillah (Ghana)

Mercy Amba Oduyoye (Ghana)

John Pobee (Ghana)

Lammin Sanneh (Gambia)

John Mary Waliggo (Uganda)

East Africa

Musimbi Kanyoro (Kenya)

Laurenti Magesa (Tanzania)

John Mbiti (Kenya)

Jesse M.K. Mugambi (Kenya)

Philomena Njeri Mwaura (Kenya)

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator (Kenya)

Dianne B. Stinton (Kenya) b. Angola to Canadian parents

Central Africa

Bénézet Bujo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Jean-Marc Éla (Cameroon)

Southern Africa

Steve Biko (South Africa)

Allan Boesak (South Africa)

John Booth (Malawi) – English missionary

Frank Chikane (South Africa)

John Chilembwe (Malawi) – also works U.S.A.

Hamilton Mvumelwano Dandala (South Africa)

Musa W. Dube (Botswana)

E.B. Farisani (South Africa)

Zephania Kameeta (Namibia)

Tinyiko Sam Maluleke (South Africa)

Basil Moore (South Africa)

Itumeleng Mosala (South Africa)

Fulata Moyo (Malawi)

Sarojini Nadar (South Africa)

Rubin Phillip (South Africa)

Isabel Apawo Phiri (Malawi)

Barney Pityana (South Africa)

Desmond Tutu (South Africa)

Gerald O. West (South Africa)


Afe Adogame (Scotland)

Don Matthews (U.S.A.)

Anthony G. Reddie (U.K.)