African Religion

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African History Project – African Religions (2) copy

*This course can only be taken as part of the Foundation Certificate in African History.

  • Duration:  12 weeks
  • Format: Online, with Live Lectures and Tutorials
  • Assessment: 1 x 1000-word essay

This course introduces students to the key tenets, theologies and liturgies of African religion.

As home to the oldest human communities, the earliest cosmologies, concepts of eternal life, systems of ethics, and conversations with the divine are found within the African tradition. As such African religion has made an unprecedented contribution to our understanding of what it means to be human, to be conscious, and to be agents of our lives within our communities as well as within our wider political societies. 

In this course, students will explore two of the leading African religions, Yoruba Ifa and Haitian Vodou. By combining an exploration of both a continental and a diasporic religion, this course will facilitate philosophical, theological and historical analyses of African religious life across the pan-African experience, allowing them to explore the political and social utility of religion in African life.


Apeike Umolu is the founder of the African History Project. She is an educator and historian with over 15 years of experience supporting students in the attainment of academic excellence. Specialising in African history, she is a passionate historian and has undertaken historical studies at the University of Oxford. She researches extensively on West African political history and is working on her first book On Black Consciousness.


On successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.

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    Course Features

    • Lectures 13
    • Quizzes 0
    • Duration 12 Weeks
    • Skill level All levels
    • Language English
    • Participants 39
    • Resources Yes