1st Edition

Gender and African Indigenous Religions

    Focusing on the work of contemporary African women researchers, this volume explores feminist perspectives in relation to African Indigenous Religions (AIR). It evaluates what the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians’ research has achieved and proposed since its launch in 1989, their contribution to the world of knowledge and liberation, and the potential application to nurturing a justice-oriented world. The book considers the methodologies used amongst the Circle to study African Indigenous Religions, the AIR sources of knowledge that are drawn on, and the way in which women are characterized. It reflects on how ideas drawn from African Indigenous Religions might address issues of patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism, racism, tribalism, and sexual and disability-based discrimination. The chapters examine theologies of specific figures. The book will be of interest to scholars of religion, gender studies, Indigenous studies, and African studies.

    Part 1 Introductions

    1 Sankofa 2024: Multi-Axial Sankofa Journeys, Dreams, and Dances

    Musa W. Dube

    2 Postcolonial Feminist Perspective African Indigenous Religion(s)

    Musa W. Dube

    Part 2 Sankofa Journeys of Founding Members

    3 Mothering Theology of Liberation in the Circle with Mama Mercy Amba Oduyoye

    Mairo Anthony

    4 Musimbi Kanyoro’s Feminist Cultural Hermeneutics and Its Role in African Indigenous Religions

    Alice K. Shirengo Muse

    5 African Indigenous Religions and Gender in the Work of Elizabeth Amoah

    Joyce Boham

    Part 3 Sankofa Journeys of the First Generation of the Circle

    6 Hannah Kinoti’s African Indigenous Ethics for Liberation

    Telesia K. Musili

    7 Theologising the Depths of African Sacredness – Camagu!: Unmasking the Authenticity of African Spirituality: Profiling Professor Nokuzola Mudende

    Zamantshali Dlamini

    8 Seratwa Ntloedibe Decolonising African Indigenous Religious Perspectives

    Doreen Sesiro

    9 Diviner Scholar: Musa W. Dube’s Work with AIR in Biblical Studies

    Mantima Thekiso

    10 Mary Getui, African Indigenous Religions, and Society

    Florence Iminza

    11 Rose Mary Amenga-Etego’s Liberation Theologies on Women Empowerment in Ghana

    Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh

    12 Gender and African Religion in Sana Mmolai’s Work

    Sidney K. Berman

    Part 4 Sankofa Journeys of the Rising Stars of the Circle

    13 Christianity and Womanhood: The African Woman’s Experience

    Yoknyam Dabale

    14 A Liberating Theology for Africana Womanism

    M. Lisa Hardy


    Musa W. Dube is William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of New Testament Literature in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, USA. She is the Continental Coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (2019–2024).

    Telesia K. Musili is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is a national coordinator of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians.

    Sylvia Owusu-Ansah is Dean of the School of Theology at Perez University, Ghana. She is Vice-President of the Missiological Society of Ghana, based at Trinity Theological Seminary, and Head Pastor of Revival Temple, Perez Chapel International La.