Poverty is why people are religious and churchy, says Nigerian activist Reno Omokri, and that overcrowded & underdeveloped places make people believe their prayers do not get answered 1/ 4
When these same [religious Africans] relocate abroad and see that their prayer requests are easily met in their new locations, they lose their religiosity 2/4
Poverty alters your perspective. You make enemies out of innocent people. “You blame ancestral curses & village people for your poverty, when in fact the problem is your location, which is overpopulated & underfunded 3/4
“And fear of enemies, rather than love for God drives you to church”, says Reno Omokri. I think I like this chap 4/4

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