An Award-winning Nigerian writer of Half of a Yellow Sun and other notable stories, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has described Catholic churches in Nigeria, mostly the South-Eastern part to be all about money, fundraising, and thanksgiving.
She said that and some other reasons made her stopped attending Catholic churches in Nigeria.
In an interview with a media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the 43-year-old novelist explained that the issues about money, checking out on what one wears to church and some other reasons made her stopped attending Catholic churches in Nigeria.
But, she said she still considers herself a Catholic but only attends masses outside Nigeria when she comes across a “progressive” Catholic community that upholds humanity.
Chimamanda added, “I grew up as a Catholic. Catholicism was very important to me. It‘s almost like a culture, not just a religion. So even if you leave the Catholic Church, it’s in you.
“At the moment, I don’t like to talk about religion because I don’t know. There are so many rules about religion, It teaches you guilt in a way that I don’t think so many protestant denominations do.
“I’m Catholic, nominally but I do not attend it in Nigeria.
“Nigerian Catholicism is way too much about money, fundraising, and thanksgiving. Some in the east even look at who’s wearing gold. I think the focus of religion should be things Nigerian Catholicism doesn’t focus on.
“Culturally, I call myself a Catholic but if being religious means performing and going to confession, then I’m not.
“I go to church outside the country when I find a progressive Catholic Church.”
She, however, noted that she respects religion in general but questions some of its excesses.
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