The ancient East African kingdom of Aksum gradually adopted Christianity from the early- to mid-fourth-century reign of Ezana onwards. The well-known narrative of the late Roman church-historian Rufinus relates a top-down process of conversion, starting with the ruler himself.
How did Christianity get to East Africa?
Christianity has been spread in Africa by Africans. It is the story of peoples seizing control of their own spiritual destinies—rather than the commonplace notion that the continent’s Christian churches represent colonial and capitalist powers that helped subdue Africans to European domination.
When did Christianity come to East Africa?
The first Christians to visit East Africa were Vasco da Gama and his crew, including Roman Catholic missionaries, in 1498.
How did Christianity affect Africa?
Christianity was an agent of great change in Africa. It destabilised the status quo, bringing new opportunities to some, and undermining the power of others. With the Christian missions came education, literacy and hope for the disadvantaged.
Why is Christianity growing in Africa?
Much of the recent Christian growth in Africa is now due to African evangelism and high birth rates, rather than European missionaries.
What religion did the Kongo royalty practice?
Kingdom of Kongo
|Kingdom of Kongo Wene wa Kongo or Kongo dya Ntotila Reino do Congo|
|Common languages||Kikongo, Portuguese|
|Religion||Bukongo Roman Catholicism Antonianism (1704–1708)|