Introduction to African Religion

African History Project – African Religions (2) copy

The course is part of the Foundation Certificate in Black Political Thought and Culture.

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

This engaging course introduces students to the nature, place, and function of religion in the African tradition.

Africa, as the origin of humanity, is the origin of all religion. The earliest cosmologies, concepts of eternal life, systems of ethics, and conversations with the divine are found within the African tradition. As such, African religious thought has made an unprecedented contribution to our understanding of what it is to be human, to be conscious, and to be agents of our lives in the particular iteration of the space-time continuum we find ourselves in.

In this course, students will explore the African philosophy of religion and dive into the theologies, episcopacies, and practices of two 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, allowing students to explore the political and social utility of religion in African consciousness.


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 and be eligible for an academic reference.

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Course Features

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