Role of Missionaries in Colonization of Africans


scramble for africaTHE ROLE OF MISSIONARIES

The legacy of Christian missionaries in Africa lives up to this day. In southern Africa most of the leaders who participated in the fight for independence were educated by missionaries or schools built by missionaries. During colonialism in South Africa they defied the government and educated black students at a time when the colonial governments forbade this practice. Many missionaries built clinics and brought in medicine that improved infant mortality and immunizations which saved countless millions of black lives. This article is not an indictment against the Christian faith or the sacred Christian text but an analysis of some of the missionaries who forsook the teachings of the Holy Bible the sacred text of Christianity in favor of government trinkets.  It is a fact that some of these missionaries assisted their governments in the subjugation of Africans.
European missionaries especially from Portugal, France, Britain, and Germany went to Africa under the premise of going to convert the locals to Christianity. Some of them stuck to their mission others however, aided in the colonization of Africans by Europeans. In many cases Christian conversion looked more like European Capitalist conversion and the plunder of African resources.

Robert Moffat, a famous missionary wrote about Mzilikazi and the Ndebele (Zimbabwe) in 1857, “His government, is one of tyranny and intrigue, lies and blood. I feel melancholy…. I often feel willing to suffer anything or die any kind of death it fit would only result in the moral renovation of the Matabele, their deliverance from their present awfully degraded condition.”

Missionaries came with the attitude that all things European were superior to all things African. Most missionaries like David Livingstone and Fabri of the German Missionary Society in Namibia believed that once Africans were colonized by European countries they would be more likely to seek after Western Education and Christianity which the missionaries controlled. It was their mission to do anything necessary to convert Africans who were viewed as uncivilized and barbaric. Missionaries often failed to distinguish between Christian principles and those of the colonialists. They misused biblical passages to further the causes of their colonial friends.

The message preached by Missionaries encouraged Africans to rebel against everything that formed the foundation of African family and society. They even preached that salvation could only be obtained through formal work which meant one had to earn a paycheck. The only people who paid for labor at the time were Europeans colonialists. Most missionaries new to Africa believed Africans were lazy and were not using their land adequately so it was in their best interest for Europeans to use it. Some missionaries had developed friendships with local clans and used this to further European causes. Often African chiefs sought advice from missionaries on how to deal with other Europeans seeking treaties. However, the missionaries almost always betrayed their trust.

The question therefore remains if the missionaries’ views towards Africans were so negative how could they have been any benefit to Africans? In essence colonialism was partly a result of betrayal by missionaries. Even though we are grateful that they educated Africans and opened clinics in the most remote villages we cannot forget that their motives were impure and their actions very detrimental to African society.

It is amazing that Britannica describes Robert Moffat as, “Scottish missionary to Africa and Bible translator, who was known for his efforts to improve local living standards in Africa. He was also the father-in-law of the missionary and explorer David Livingstone (1813–73).” Improving local living standards to them means he aided Europeans in taking land that belonged to Africans and then forcing them to work for a living so that they would pay taxes for things that never benefited them.


  1. Ok. How does this account for the problems Africa faces today? I think we Africans need to end the pity party about our colonial past- deal with it as part of our undeniable history and start to build Africa. A little review of the world’s history will reveal that even the colonial nations were once colonised.
    Your portrayal of past leaders give the impression that they were insipid and feeble minded- it doesn’t do us good.

    • One thing brother Bunmi you are forgetting, a simple sorry cam heal the mind. German compensated Israel for the Jews and you think those are more human than Afrikans? Our resources were vandalized, artifacts stolen, lives destroyed through proxy wars, and the mental health hypnotized. We are waiting for answers that justify those inhumane injustices; despite our lenience to accept their religions.

    • One cannot ” get over the past”. The past is always with us. Therefore one is always “dealing with the past”. One cannot “deal with it” as you put it. Whether we are cognizant, which is the desireable condition, or oblivious of it, which destroys us and is the reason africa and africans are in the condition we are today.

      The conscious african knows his past throughly and takes it with him. With this knowledge the conscious african educates himself relevantly, within the context of solving his problems , fully knowing his enemies.

      To “get over” our colonial past or enslavement is ignorance and foolishness. That foolishness becomes manifest in our behavior and our interactions with our enemies – after 50 years of independence we still consider europeans our bemefactors,, calling them “development partners”. Those who enslaved and colonized us for over 400 years and still do cannot be our development partners. We need education which teaches us the behaviour of the european wrt us. Therefore our history is always relevant so long as the european has intentiins of global economic domination.

      • I find “enemies” to be quite a strong expression. Since the world is struggling based on ideological stand points as this. WE seem to miss the fact that as resources shrink because of OUR abuse, there is the need to share and ally with one’s “enemies”. Funny enough those “europeans” you blame for indoctrination are long since dead but their offspring, it seems, to you they deserve the full force of your antagonistic views. I guess you were comfortable with short term medicine derived from herbs and leaves versus the eternal healing power (proven) of Faith and prayer. The missionaries didn’t come to steal African land and resources for the British Regime. Most of these men died in their fight for African freedom and Biblical Truth. All proof is not Truth and all Truth is not yet proven. Keep looking and you shall find, the missionaries brought a message of love and inner-freedom that cannot be bound by regulations on man’s body(2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”) So if he is in you then you are free! And, truly, All of us are slaves in some form or fashion physically. Look at it, All institutions in society have laws that command man’s behaviour and most are established by man himself! God has revealed that slavery is not evil but, rather, the Evil TREATMENT used to regulate slaves has taken over the original intent of it’s use. The original intent was to maintain order,justice and equality of resources among men. So the master would provide for his slave, just as if he/she were a son or daughter of his house. If one owes a debt, he works in his debtors house until he can pay it back : that is just and right! While he/she is there the owner feeds him or her until the debt is paid. It is simple but man has complicated it to the point of distortion. BUT, do not be fooled! “Evil men do not understand justice but those who seek the Lord understand it fully!”Proverbs 28:5

        • God revealed that slavery is not evil? God who created man in His image approves of slavery? And where exactly is that verse? We do not forget that is was the same.european missionary who taught that “africans were descended from.cursed Ham!” We do not forget that whiles africans suffered under colonialsm and slavery european ministers sang “rule britannia” and were pandering to empire! We do not forget that the europeans printed a bible specificalky for the slaves: “the slaves bible by David Mills”

          Apos Paul taught
          “If a man gives his body to be burnt but has no love what use is it?” There were always those in Apos Pauls time who preached the gospel with a very wrong motive. The european missionaries motive was certainly not the love of The Lord.

          How did missiinaries fight for africans when you couldnt protest colonialism in yiur own countries? When millions of africans were being slaughtered in The Congo and Southern Africa during colonialism where were the european missionaries? Will you have us believe that the european missionaries were a special breed? Different from their countrrparts in america? That whiles in africa they were doing “good”, in america they did nothing during jim crow up to the civil rights movement?

          Did you indeed die for africans? Now you will have us believe not only in some “white jesus” but that european missionaries also died for us? Now you are now our vicarious sacrifice?

          If Esau was profane for a bowl or soup then to believe what you say is blasphemy!

          • Yes, God does approve of slavery but made sure to make clear to man that we should treat each other with respect and honour no matter your position. As I stated before it is a means of maintaining order,justice and equality of resources among men. That’s why even prisoners are allowed the necessities of life while denied the luxuries of it. A crime is commited, a debt owed, and until the years allotted are fulfilled, that prisoner remains in slavery to the prison system. However, if that prisoner has the mindset of a free man, and treats life as a precious commodity he lives in freedom everyday no matter his status in society or position in life.He is free because he thinks so, because he thinks so, he acts so, because he acts so, he is equal to any other mentally free man. Freedom is not just action, it is attitude. So I can be told to do something as a slave but because in my mind I am free I don’t allow the circumstances to define me. The Spirit of God (His thoughts, attitudes and mannerisms) that makes me like Him, as you stated, In whose image we are made, as I stated earlier, is who makes us free. I repeat “2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” So if he lives in you then you are FREE! Circumstance will not oppress you because Identity is Life! If you know who you are, who can oppress,suppress,or overcome you? Rather, you will be the overcomer! I never stated that the missionaries died for Africans, far be it, but rather they did die for their Lord and Savior and African “Freedom”. Of the ”Rule Britannia” hymn I know nothing of but I will research that. Thank you for your Insight, I can see you have an unequaled passion for Africa. For this I applaud you! Keep up the Good work.
            The other issues I will tackle at a later date.

            • The Christian Bible does not approve slavery based on skin color absolutely not. This is a creation of Western Christians and not taught by the Holy Scriptures. Slavery in the Bible was based on debtors who could not pay their debt working until the debt was satisfied in full then being set free. It was not indefinite. The second type of slave was based on war, if a group of people lost the war then they would become slaves.The idea of enslaving people perpetually based on phenotype is a EuroAmerican invention and should not be confused with the teachings of Christianity.

            • You pervert the Scriptures with your “gentle words” which are not really gentle for we are told that the devil shows himself as an angel.of.light.
              Was it not The Lord who taught “Moses gave you that law because your hearts were hard?”

              If freedom is a now only a mental thing then how come the missionaries “fought for our physical freedom”? If freedom was a mental thing how come your christian pilgrims fled europe for a better life in the new world?

              Your uninspired interpretation of scripture is profane and contrary to scripture just like your profane “white jesus”, for God explicitly said you shall not make an image because you saw no form or likeness. Yet, regardless of scripture, you hold up a western european image as His Son and preach by hymns that God sent you to conquer and enslave the world. Who authored those hymns in advancement of slavery? Who painted thise images to present god as european so the “natives” abjectly bow down?

              Which other scriptures professed by europeans should we believe then? How could european missionaries be doing the work of God in Afrika and justifying that horrendous slavery elsewhere? Whiles your lady missionaries drank tea laced with sugar from the sweat blood and death of ” african beasts” you called them, and wore frocks from cotton grown by the burden of beast like african slaves?

              Interrogative psychology teaches us about dual personality of the tag team: good cop and bad cop intertogate the poor accused who then identifies the good cop as friendly and confesses to him with what result?

              We dont need europeans to ” love” afrikans. Take your literally bloody love and greed away and let us be. Where was the church of england and your missionaries when 20 million congolese were being slaughtered for european greed? Where were they when during apartheid in south africa when the british government was trading with the apartheid regime? Why couldnt you fight your governments to stop their aiding and abetting brutality for us to see instead of ‘converting’ afrikans tolove their enemies?

              You will do better service to afrikans by exposing european hypocrisy than preaching the “good” your missionaries didnt do.

              I wonder what theintentions of the midsionaries were in Afrika when the same missionaries in america supported that sub-human slavery, inequality of the negro, and denied afrikan slaves any literacy even to reading God’s scriptres!

              • My friend, I fear your bitterness is clouding your reason, short-sighting your descernment and stopping your ears. The facts are strong. Africans were slaughtered and it seems as if the missionaries stood back and watched. However, this is a matter of faith. What and who do you believe? Were you there when the Africans were slaughtered? Were you there when the regime was trading with Britain? I tell you there is the literature to support what you are saying and then there is the truth of what really happened. Do you really believe that men who risked their lives , families, businesses and comfort of well-off and good living would turn around and stab the people they intended to help in the first place in their back? That to me is quite unreasonable and wrong. I believe that the outstrectched arm of the missionaries was sabotaged by the greed of Colonial powers and this influenced by both political and economic means. That is reasonable. I would also like to draw a distinction between the Church of England and the missionaries. The Church of England was a political puppet used by the British government to maintain peace and order both in Britain and it’s colonies. This institution would be payed and supported by the very Monarch because it was expected to conform to his or her wishes. Therefore, the delegates from this branch, who would journey to the colonies would strictly teach what the Monarch thought fitting to be taught and therefore the slaves and subjects in these colonies were taught the “form and function” rule derived of the doctrine of submission but denied the spirit of it. The spirit being that one can have a personal relationship with Jeus Christ! The Monarch, the lords and the “church” were only conscerned with the “obedience” of the slaves to British laws and regulations. The missionaries however are a totally different branch. These groups consisted of men and in some cases women who were formmerly apart of the “Church of England” but, (while members), were further enlightened by The Holy Spirit that God was interested in more than just people who existed in a form and function of godliness, He wanted a people who shared his heart: healing the sick, preching the gospel, raising the dead, giving sight to the blind and all the other wonders and miracles we hear and read about. They were original “Reinhart Bonke’s”. These men and women risked it all just like Jesus’ first disciples, to follow the call to serve. They entered Africa, men and women, scorned and disowned by family and the “Church of England”, physically poor but spiritually rich. They invested time and energy relentlessly to learn and master the language and culture of the Africans. They taught and they learnt. They were human. And yes! They did combat the British government both politically and practically both on Slavery and the trade in particular. There is more literature available than can be read in a lifetime but the Truth can be revealed and grasped right now.

                • The goodness of it is that you just check only what they left in their countries in your own senses you think God found none among Africans to do his Job except Europeans Its God,s mission to reveal himself to each and every human not a white man to a black ,your own book says by their fruits you will see them there are no people on the face of earth racist ,corrupt ,cruel as white christians

              • And my friend, you’ve misinterpreted. The scripture you speak about does not conscern slavery, it conscerns the devorce of a man and woman. Matthew 19:1-8

                1When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

                3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

                4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ ? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

                7“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

                8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

                • Ha ha ha. Coming from a european that is rich. Misinterpret scripture? I will not go into your legendary feats from roman catholicism to anglicanism to your white jesus and curse of Ham.

                  Howevrr? the verses you quote are indeed specific to divorce without cause but for remarriage. However, have you considered the possibilities for other commands or traditions that Moses and the Israelites might have adopted which could also be considered “Moses’ law””

                  Exceept for the 10 commandments and some others explicitly goven by God, or the prophecies, nothing is not subject to examination and interpretation, especially in the light of the Lord’s words you reproduce.

                  E.g. there were many traditions about the sabbath from Moses but what did Yhe Lord say about them all?

                  There were many traditions about stoning to death of adulterers but what did The Lord, under whose authority Moses promulgated those laws, say? He said he who has no sin should cast the first stone. It is not because the other party to the adultrry was absent. Obviously, by this interpretation, The Lord knew full well that the israelites should have had this understanding long before.

                  Like The Lord told Nicodemus : Art thou a master of Israel and knowest not these things?

                  There are many things the Israelites should have known but unfortunately did not; just like you dont when you say God Almighty approves of slavery. The only thing God approves of is mercy, not even sacriifice (Has The Lord as great delight in sacrifice and burnt offerings as in oneying the voice of The Lord? Again, I desire mercy and not sacrifice), and He has provided all humankind mercy through His Son. But your people have a long history of perverting God’s word even ti levels of abomination, for when you side with “your people” and defend them, then you are guilty as they are, but when you rebuke your people and expose their hypocrisy, taking sides with John Hus, and the albigenses, you are finally understanding what The Scriptures say : our citizenshipnis not of this world.

                  In the bible there is no example of Hod sanctioned slavery. God’s commandment was utter destructio of the nations that inhaabited the promised land because of their evil in His sight. If the israelites had been inedient where would the slaves had come from? You argue a bit like King Saul who saved the sheep and cattle and Agag for a big offering to God when Hod had required their utter destruction.

                  One thing…the light which the european has seen is unequalled in recent world history, but what have they done? Pervert whole natiins by promoting lust as sodom and gomorrah never knew. We no longer need to refer to babylon or assyria as examples of wickedness. 400 years you brutalized those who did not know God whole singing hymns and printing many bibles.

                  Woe to you pharisees. Wor to you scribes. For nineveh repented at the word of Jonah and A Greater than Johnah is here. The queen of the south came to hear the wisdom of solomon and a greater than Solomon is hear. For over 400 years what did you do with the Scriptures? Be careful not to side foolishly with your ancestors or to make excuses lest you ne as guilty as they.

            • Of course, how will “circumstances bother you” ? Is great britain not rich today? And how did the wealth come about? Is it merely because of “grit and hard work?” How about the millions of slaves who were fed pigs entrails and went unpaid for 300 – 400 years? And damn fool who enriches self on back of others misery can afford to send children to oxford and yale. Though man may be deceived by pretence yet God is not mocked. The rich man and Lazarus pales in comparison to what your accursed people have done.

          • There was deep abuse, as you say… but not always from greed and theft. Missionaries around the world have spent their lives and indeed often the lives of their wives and children because they believed they could help people. Land in many parts of Africa is not owned even today by local Africans but by tribal chiefs and amakosi. And slavery has been almost universal in cultures around the world. It is still active today in the countries of Africa and elsewhere. Someone sold them… another bought. I believe the answer to African’s resentment is the same as when abuse occurs in other areas of life. Sexual abuse, for example – perhaps the most intimate and profoundly damaging form of abuse, is healed by forgiveness … and release. Or is the answer to have all white people leave Africa? Would you then demand all Africans to leave other nations and return? (Just as a post note, Germany did not pay reparations to the Jews … Germany paid the allied nations who fought against them. Before it had been paid in full, those nations released Germany and the debt was cancelled.)

            • You equate the forcible occupation of let us say Ireland by the Engish with the free exchange of goods and labour between the two countires? Or the forcible occupation of Africa by Europe with the free exchange of goods and labour between the two? Or of Australia and America? Africa will be by far the beneficiary should europe leave africa and africans vice versa. What will you do with your 100s of millions with those few sq km of land? How will you feed your people? Seems europe aand the whole world still grapping land left and right from our hapless african leaders. Perhaps a complete separation will force us to think and work for ourselves instead of this profane and ungodly existence.You seem to be christian since you use scripture so much. If missionaries were so good to afrocans then how about extending their goodness to campaign for the government to pay back what they stole or took forcibly? That should complete the only thing lacking in your good deeds for.the scriptures also teach that the laborer deserves fair compensation for his work. The gold and diamonds you mined without paying a penny; The lands you forcibly deprived without paying a penny. The women your people raped the men they murdered simply because they were rebellious. The millions europe murdered in Congo and Namibia. It is endless. Even Zacchaeus restored all that he forcibly took away. But you peo0le say sorry is enough but wont even say it. Scripture says you are in debt, not counting the brutality of forced labor you used to produce all the cotton which clothed europe and then sugar that sweetened your tea. Did the missionaries not drink tea? Did they not know the source of the tea? So how about if todays missionaries like you, who seem more knowledgeable and able than yesterdays, canvass their governments for true justice since your forebears “stopped slavery” and “preached the gospel” to heathen africans? To the cursed children of Ham cursed to be black; Is this not also what your missionaries taught?

          • Where did God legalised slavery God did not write the bible remember he wrote the ten commandments only and they do not say that all of them or anything similar to that { is the bible the word of God } and how do you prove it ?

        • I thought about writing an elaborate response to your comment, but then I thought that would be acknowledging your sickening ignorance. As we are playing the “us” and “them” game, my understanding is you will never understand what colonization has done to “us” because you are one of “them.”

        • Based on what you said you seem to be an advocate for colonialism. For starters Christianity and religion in general is a tool used by the governing bodies to control people. Had the missionaries not come to Africa we would have still known about Christianity through trade and other civil methods instead they chose to enslave us and colonise us. Stealing our very freedom of speech and thought and mentally ingraining in us that we have to follow the bible without fail. Whereas they were living a different lifestyle entirely. As it is colonialism happened that fact is true however this history has to be taught in our curriculum fully informing the younger generation of the vices that happened to us, and as such equipping them with the confidence to believe in themselves and not in Christianity only.

        • Now you see that Missionaries were useless Africans were praying before Judaism ,Christianity and Islam come into effect we were peacefully travelling living eating healthy now only 95% of whites eat healthy food ,leave in adequate conditions 95% of Blacks are in dire living conditions who took their land who took their right to migrate

      • the u.s was colonized by britain, do you think them dwelling on the fact would have resolved any of their issues then? and thats the major difference between people there and us, people here would rather seat and lament about a past they cant control rather than work to solve their current issues..we still have terrible leaders here, and for Tanzania we have lost so much more resources after our independence than during the colonial era. Reading these comments here, i see very brilliant minds, critical thinkers and people much smarter than an average white person, why cant we channel this energy to something truly productive and make Africa great? crazy thing is, i have noticed brilliant minds of africa seat back and let leadership be fools’ errand…we truly have a very long way to go

    • Although europeans decolonized Africa, they still own most of the companies, ports, mines, banks, oil fields and agriculture. Capitalism has become so dominant a force that almost no one can claim their birthright of living off of nature and moving freely across the land. They may have changed the label but poor white, brown and black people all over the world are still enslaved.

    • Alright you.. Doesn’t it astonish you to hear who the father of your forefather was? Besides it’s part of learning. You cannot tryina detract from the fact that you have a past that has to do about your tomorrow.

    • Treat a snake as a snake that can pass a good idea to the coming generation people who brain wash you today have got a mission against you tomorrow these people are regarding themselves as supreme class who can think rule and decide for Africans i say no to their on going abuse of the word of God how good can you be when you disposes another man his land his culture ?

  2. the past definately does affect the future, how much damage has been done determines how much work and resources are needed to repair the damage, in Zim, even our culture has disappeared, everything now is of foreign customs which are still being taught even in our schools today. development is good but as a people we are identified by our culture and not the color of our skin. many things in our zimbabwean cultures were par excelent

  3. one thing for sure is that missionaries and the colonial powers worked together. the reason is that back home in england, they were sent by the british queen. and when they came to africa they pretended to be two different beings.ashi!! that a white man for you…

  4. @ Bunmi: This a mere observation of a historical occurence, it’s sad you choose to call it a pity party…R you trying to say that people ought to stop learning history because some small minded person will look at the issues depicted with a minimalistic attitude and act like oh it all happened in the past and should be forgotten. Our past is what shapes us and you need to appreciate that being abused does not justify you going out to be a perpetrator. so what if the colonisers were once colonised? were we the ones who colonised them? No… they actually learnt from their abusers and perfected the techniques so l dont know if you want us to pity the “poor bastards”

  5. My family lived and served in Ghana for 14 years. It is amazing how ungrateful some people are. Africans were selling each other into slavery long before the European missionaries arrived. It was the missionaries who fought to end the wicked slave trade. Tribal warfare, genocide, and human sacrifices plagued African for generations. Native religions kept people in fear of going out of the homes at night. It was the missionaries that built the first hospitals, brought better farming techniques, introduced better hygiene and taught people to read and write. While some missionaries were racist, most left everything to tell the people that God had a son who loved and died for them.

    • The population in “Africa” was over a hundred million before colonization so how bad was our healthcare if our population was so great? Our population was never wiped out by the plague was it? Did oxford educated british doctors not learn anaethesiology from kenyan tribesmen? Were african tribes not practicing surgery before europeans brought their medical science? Yes, there were backward tribes as rome also found the british very stupid. If we were so weak from diseases how come your bloody ancestors preferred african slaves to european indentured serfs and native americans? What you “did” for “Africans” couldn’t you do for the same for africans you enslaved in the americas and haiti? You saved us from tribal warfare but couldn’t save your own europeans the wars they fought between themselves to control the slave trade? You preached the gospel to africans but wouldnt practice it in the americas for african americans to see itin practice! British colony in America was notorious for not even allowing african americans to read, whiles they were “preaching the good news” in africa. You see your hypocrisy? Did the british at the same time they were evangelizing africans not slaughter the tasmanians? There were many africans on the continent and in the americas who fought against slavery whiles the european found justification for slavery in the scriptures. If you indeed fought against slavery how about continuance of the moral cause? How about reparations to the african-americans and caribeans you built your wealth off? Did Lazarus not say if I have defrauded any I restore fourfold? Where is the voice of the european abolitionsits on this issue? It is quite worthy of notice that after “abolishment” of slavery the same europeans started colonialism which resulted in the senseless slaughter of over 20million congolese and hererro. Where were your abolitionists then you hypocrite?

    • If the european miossinary was so good how come he left such a very horrendous lingering taste? How come they preached that “Ham was cursed”? How come your theologians justified enslavement of Africans with your twisted reading of the bible? The european missionary supported what the European colonialist did : Hold aloft the banner of Christ while raping, pillaging and enslaving in His Name. That is more profane than Esau selling his birthright. Unfortunately, afrcans have been made more foolish and weaker through identifying with europeans as our “saviours” by substituting a filithy “european portrait whit jesus” for The True Saviour.

    • Your family looted a lot than a toilet which they built in Ghana and Brain washed many to rely on your education you rely on hospitals why Jesus gave believers power and right to heal Your FAMILY was not a real FAMILY of God sorry revise your thoughts or ask Ghananians if the appreciate it

  6. missionaries were the saviors of the shona people since the ndebele were hostile towards them..however the missionaries tend to ill treat the shona aswell

  7. are actually over supporting the role of missionaries…revisit your tin of knowledge & come up with better response,you are naive.@hoover…l wld like to tell you that you are totally lost…you must know that shona-ndebele relations were designed by europeans in a way to justify their colonization,thus they nonsensically propounded that the ndebele were brutal to the shona which is not true…to say the ndebele were hostile to the shona is to prove that you are narrow minded when it comes to the knowledge of history,esp. to the history of zimbabwe….revisit your sources as well & come up with better argument.

  8. but it is also historically naive to dismiss the fact that the Ndebele raided the shona since the is historical evidence which support that the ndebele raided the shona. The extent was only exagarated and it is only that the fact that the shona also raided the Ndebele was not established

  9. @ lancehostetter…. Schupid!!! I’m still here, can’t even spell an insult right. Keep selling your people out, lets see who’s legacy remains.

  10. missionary work contributed to the rescue of the shona people from the invaders(the ndebele)who were ill treating them for their own land… i will say all shona speaking people should realise what the missionaries have done to you and all your up to date generations

  11. missionary work in africa led to real colonization after the abolition of slave trade, what did they introduce? legitimate trade. That is the real colonization!!!!!

  12. if it wz bcz they wanted to end Ndebele raids then why wld they go on to help in the colonization of Zimbabwe…ofcz they ended slave trade bt are yu aware of a thing called “mental slavery” i say “African solutions to african problems”… ApaibvaiApa

  13. let us view Africa from a wider perspective is it true that the missionaries played the role of imperialists unconsciously?

  14. Missionaries used the word of God to get land from the people…most of these historical conflicts concerning the Africans were European caused, whoever says Africans some people are ungrateful because the write the history based on the facts is so narrow minded as they are expressing their emotions towards the facts…the fact is Africans had a unique lively hood which wasn’t backwards . The Europeans were too Eurocentric…Africa would have been a better place without these colonialists.. who says our African herbs weren’t good medicine? their education led to selections in status,our form of education made sure everybody had a place in society.

    • In Uganda for instance Dr. Adam N. Kimala noted in his book “Buganda Gye twasubwa”, literally the The land called Buganda that we missed”; that our great Ancestors were forced to collect all African “plug and heal” medicine, which they cooked and taken in Europe for further distilling.

  15. West conitinues to.pollute steal sodomise and murder. The devils work continues to be done. They.will forever remain.bankrupt as they have no culture, natural resources, no life. They do.have lies, death and machines of warfare. They are built to.survive. bringers of death. Blacks are made to live. The white minority will never be happy until.the colored majority in the world is dead. They will die trying. Gods image of the first chosen people was the black woman. The giver of life. The sun blesses our melanated skin to nourish us. they have to hide to avoid cancerous death and suffering.

    • @ nii… Have you ever read any documentary on the real work of missionaries such as Robert Moffat? I presume you have not because if you did you would not negate the fact that he actually lived as a native among the tribes he visited learning their cultures and customs. He knew a better WAY. The WAY of Love and taught it through tedious examples of commitment and longevity in passionate constructing and reconstructing of missionary stations and hospitals. Read up on his REAL work and see for yourself he advanced his relationship with God with the oppressive methods of religious conformists before him: torturing, looting and pillaging the local tribes.

        • Please if anyone wants to make accusations they should cite credible sources, is that too much to ask of people seeking the Truth?

  16. so that’s how the missionaries betrayed Africans in the name of evangelism. Thank God their impacts in Borno is less

  17. you guys do you know why Britain decided to end slave trade? it was not because she wanted to free the Africans but it was no longer profitable to her since there was stiff competition from other countries.

  18. How did missionaries laid a foundation to the colonization of africa, giving examples… Explain this for mi

  19. Missionary agenda was more colonialist than humanitarian and whatever ”positive”‘ things they brought were by mistake rather than intentional.Remember J.S.Moffat,C.D.Helm and other missionaries who congratulated Rhodes for defeating the Ndebele?How can people of God support a war which led to so much destruction?

  20. Everyday Feminism reminds us feminism is a mental disorder. What has feminism got to do with colonialism. These feminists are always trying to make it all about them? They cannot even distinguish between one subject of discussion from another.

  21. Our angers consume us instead of motivating us.we Africans have lamented for so long but still the stuation is going to worse.Sorrows and lamentations can not help us.We know our past but that is not enough, we must apply it.If your mind is conquered then you are like a ship with no captain.

  22. Leo it sounds to me like you are a part of the missionaries who came with the intent to help preach but they saw an opportunity and used it a loop hole they entered. Whites can never be your friends back then it was worse everybody new that Africa was and is a reach Continat, and because of language bearer it made them do one thing after another steal for their children’s;children.Which i admire they did it very well or maybe you were born and raised in Europe then don’t take sides let those that want to greef the lost of mother Land our Beloved Africa do so.if you look back in the 12th century and look at today in the midle east its still happening now with education civilisation for every human being the cats and the dogs have forgiven each other whats wrong with man kind,because of possession. I was intrigued by your sence of humour thats all.

    I am ZWIDE Mzilikazi KaMdlungwana
    from lupane .

    • I am neither European nor am I white Zwide but i do have basic common sense. I simply believe that the missionaries who claimed Christ as their Lord and Saviour and lived under that banner of Love and brotherhood should not be crowded in or mistaken with those who exploited the gospel for their own selfish benefit. I also stated that literature is so vast and unsumable that it would be vague and short-sighted to accept one view over another. However why not look at the existing facts? True missionaries built hospitals, laboured to learn the languages of the various African tribes and even strived to translate their Bibles to the languages of the tribes. Look at the education. Are Africans today robbed ? Are they plundered? are they looted? If they are, it is of a sense of Identity and a sense of Purpose that is lacking not natural substance because Africa is still Ours. I also stated why dwell on the past? The future is what you make it and Wisdom is provided in the “Now” of life. This Wisdom cries out “Don’t dwell on the past!,” and again “Don’t dwell on what Was wrong but rather Focus on what IS RIGHT!” . Amen I say, Amen. Btw. Did I mention that I am not white?

      • I doubt that your argument is common sense. “Are they plundered, raped, exploited”? When your governments use their power to destabilize african govts and replace them with their stooges what is the intention? To spread love?

        When our feeble governments try self determination and your govts use their piwer and ” international trade” to defeat that, do you consider it aid?

        When your govts insist that developing african countries not underwrite public education on pain of forfeiture of ” assistance”, which free public educatio is the means the west used to lift up its masses of illeterates do you consider it development support?

        It is wicked hypocrites like you who deceive poor gullible unconscious africans about how good the “white ” man is by giving them crumbs in development aid so they deregulate their markets for you to come in with foreign dorect investment, and you take our much more than you ever gave.

        If you are not european then educate yourself about colonization and slavery not through idealistic european views about their missionaries. While poor negro hands were being amputated or backs were being horsewhipped for not producing enough sugarcane, the missionaries didnt not reject their sugar sweetened tea nor the clothes produced from cotton of the sweat and blood of the african slaves.

  23. The effect of Europeans on the Continent of Africa is felt till this day. Yes there were good missionaries who came with the intention of preaching about GOD and Allah and Yes there were others who used that as a front for personal and national greed. The issue has to be observed from both sides and it all boils down to the mentality of missionaries, indigenous people, people then, people now, slave traders and of colonialist. I am a Nigerian from the Middle Belt Region of Benue State, an Idoma to be precise. This is my heritage which i am a 1000% proud of, there is no distinction in anyway of someone with a different heritage, skin color, lineage being better or lesser than me. That is my belief which I hold utmost. Being a student of history, in the days that they Europeans came to Africa they had one thinking, one still very relevant in today’s world that they were and are better than the Black Man from Africa. @ Leo, There is more to it that meets the eyes, in my opinion you should have argue that true missionaries in there own efforts did try with what little they could do to change the living conditions of the indigenous people of Africa, they did learn there language and ways and they did improve on some customs pertaining life and death but you should also agree with @The Bantu, That their actions indirectly did affect the perception of Africa to the then Monarchs and the European people. They wrote journals and inscribed in their diaries of what they experienced and saw, sometimes not being alive to explain it or sometimes no standing up to explain which then left it to be interpreted by the media which you know can give life to a dead dog. I have been in China for the last 8 years studying and frankly the reason I stopped going to the Local Church i used to attend was the way it was run. Missionaries in disguise still show that they are superior to the local Chinese people, I am a witness and do testify to this. If they leave the comfort of there homes and countries and come here to bring the Good News and still have that mindset that they are superior what more of missionaries from back then? But back to the issue here, slavery was accepted on both sides, blasphemy was instrumental to the degraded mindset of the Indigenous African and most important the misuse of the HOLY BIBLE and HOLY QURAN for personal and combined gain.

    I will leave with this note, Africa would have been better of without the invasion of the European with their ways and religion. Being a deeply rooted people, religion has clogged our minds and senses that we now believe in GOD and magic. Substituting hard work for prayer services and intelligent investments and businesses for special offerings to already rich clergies sucking out their poor flocks. If China without a standard religion could rise up and dictate global economic issues, Africa with her 47 countries AND 6 Island Nations, unlimited and vast natural and mineral resources plus the fertile soil that the “unfair GOD who cursed Ham” but gave him the BEST LAND in the world, still are under-developed, corrupted and cheap. Then shame on us for knowing how far we have come and not collectively working to better our future. I rest my case.

    • Now here is an impartial man! A man of insight, wisdom and first hand experience. I applaud your position and conclusion Ebby. Agreeing 100% with your views,I acknowledge the credibility of the Bantu’s point. That there were selfish-minded missionaries,I acknowledge but I also furthered my points in other discussions stating that it is not wise to dwell on the past mistakes and hurts. You only look back for forward strength. You know the weakness and the hurt, the pain and the sorrow already so you don’t look back at the symptoms but the root issues, then you build in the present for future advantage. Every good architect knows that the foundation of any project requires constant investigation and inspection before permission can be granted to build a lasting, durable, beautiful and efficient structure. Because he knows what elements are likely to affect the structure he wants to build he must ensure that the foundation he builds can withstand the influences of natural elements such as wind, waves, heat,cold etc. He investigates and inspects his environment and then carefully chooses a position a posture and a place to begin the formation of his base. That is how a people must build every Relation(ship), every friend(ship) every community, family and individual life. You know the winds that blow around you: the gossip, doctrines of man, preferences and opinions of the majority. And you know the waves that come: the craftiness,schemes and plots of men. You know the heat that will come ( it’s natural) : economic-downturns,remittances,lust,ill-passion, anger and stife, envy and jealousy. You know the cold that Will come: persecution, interrogation, distrust, pride, scorn, ridicule, contempt. All of these, some outside forces, others inside forces. but you build to accommodate, confront and overcome these natural elements (atleast if you’re a wise master builder) and curb their effects. Every structure in the natural represents the structures we must build in the spiritual realm. Every house has windows, so every relationship must be alert, must be aware and must be open, must have sight and vision. Every boat has a rudder and so must every relationship, friendship,family,community,and individual(country) be steered and guided by a hidden system of unaffected integrity,ability and truth. Every boat has a wheel, so must every relationship, community,individual (country) be guided by strong principles of kindness(power under control), determination and discipline. The wisdom and awareness of the captain will determine the integrity of the ship’s course. So my friend, If you give yourself to the One who “has command over the winds and the waves” what is there to fear? You know the symptoms and the elements don’t change they either decrease in magnitude or increase in magnitude but if He’s in the boat with you, what is there to fear? If He is your strong foundation, of whom are you afraid? I say again look backward not at the symptoms but at the system that worked and build today for forward strength using the Wisdom provided by HIM through the understanding He provides.

  24. Should South Africans be grateful to the mission schools of education to black people during the colonial rule ?

  25. several reasons attracted christian missionaries to come into Africa, and these include; to spread Christianity, to civilize Africans, to end slave trade and slavery, to promote health facilities, to introduce new methods of farming. these reasons led them to pave way for European annexation of African territory

    • Civilize Africans??? Who told you that we were not racist. End slave trade? They perpetuated slavery, especially the Catholic Church. Introduce new methods of farming? Africa had no famine issues prior to colonization. Europeans introduced diseases like rinderpest that wiped out cattle used for farming. Promote health? They introduced tsetse flies that brought sleeping sickness and wiped out whole tribes. You are extremely ignorant. European missionaries contributed to the suffering of Africans by aiding in colonization

  26. Civilize Africans??? Who told you that we were not civilized? End slave trade? They perpetuated slavery, especially the Catholic Church. Introduce new methods of farming? Africa had no famine issues prior to colonization. Europeans introduced diseases like rinderpest that wiped out cattle used for farming. Promote health? They introduced tsetse flies that brought sleeping sickness and wiped out whole tribes. You are extremely ignorant. European missionaries contributed to the suffering of Africans by aiding in colonization

  27. I think everyone is missing the point lots of people have been enslaved and forgiven the people

    Egyptians- the kings and queens used the people as slaves to build the pyramids
    Americans- the Americans NUCLEAR BOMBED Japan NOT ONCE BUT TWICE
    Germans- the Germans enslaved all Jewish people and murdered and tortured thousands to death.

    In the end everyone forgave everyone over time

    But come on it has been like over a hundred years since slavery. Get over it, everyone else did

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