Officials, determined to prevent exploitation by religious leaders, are considering a law that would require certified training to open a church. Pastors worry about the ramifications of increasing government interference.
In DRC, there is a long history of distrust between local people and members of the national army. But in one village, people from the two groups are singing their way to a better understanding through a church choir group.
A long-standing tradition ended in 2017, when Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority fenced off an area where practitioners of ancient religions had made animal sacrifices. In a country where much land is not formally deeded, and ownership disputes are common, a spiritual leader wonders how the airport could claim title to the site, when his clan has been its rightful owner for more than half a millennium.
Tradition holds that playing the mbira can summon the spirits of dead ancestors - and that women should not play the instrument. But several women in Zimbabwe are redefining the instrument and the music, composing songs with political and social messages.
A community of Rastafarians have made a home for themselves on a hill near Mutare, Zimbabwe. Now they’d like to own the land they’ve been using so they can educate others about their faith and make it a place of pilgrimage for Rastafarians from around the world.