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Catholic Churches In Nigeria All About Money, Fundraising – Chimamanda Adichie


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Forty-three-year-old Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, on Friday, stated that Catholicism in Nigeria is about money, thanksgiving, and fundraising.

The award-winning novelist stated this during an interview with media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.

Adichie further stated that these qualities in Nigeria Catholic made her stop attending Catholic churches in Nigeria.

She added that she attends church outside Nigeria when she finds a progressive Catholic community.

“I grew up as a Catholic. Catholicism was very important to me. It‘s almost like a culture, not just a religion. So even if you leave the Catholic Church, it’s in you.”

“At the moment, I don’t like to talk about religion because I don’t know. There are so many rules about religion, It teaches you guilt in a way that I don’t think so many protestant denominations do.”

“I’m Catholic, nominally but I do not attend it in Nigeria.”

“Nigerian Catholicism is way too much about money, fundraising, and thanksgiving. Some in the east even look at who’s wearing gold. I think the focus of religion should be things Nigerian Catholicism doesn’t focus on.”

“Culturally, I call myself a Catholic but if being religious means performing and going to confession, then I’m not.”

“I go to church outside the country when I find a progressive Catholic Church,” Chimamanda added.

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