This book “Bloody Ideologies” is one great attempt at infusing fiction into philosophical and social debates. It’s been a year since I got to South Africa. The first thing I noticed was that the black worshipers are earnestly seeking after religion. The whites who attend church seem quite detached, not necessarily fervent. The first church I attended, I got to the door as the final prayer was said. The Pastor asked me if I was a Christian and if I was baptized in the Holy Spirit.
I am already used to getting these questions in every church gathering. So, I told him I am a Christian. I have my personal convictions but I don’t necessarily think I should go about telling people if I speak in tongues. I believe the tongues should just come up when it is needed and serve. Maybe to help someone, or else there’s no point in me reeling off my curriculum vitae.
One of my friends, Akan Imoh, is running for a political post in Lagos State. He is young and he is a Christian, most people don’t think these qualities should be found in Nigerian or even African politics. I painfully like many other Nigerians, have to watch on as Ideologies continue to shackle our minds, our economy, our people. Religion has become a bondage rather than a stimulant for better lives and living standards.
We have so many prophets and pastors in Africa but so little drive for us to grow into vibrant communities that live healthy lives. So I wrote this collection of stories. I hope you love them and encourage your friends to buy this book too. Please don’t transfer these book. Direct your friends to jonathanoladeji.com so they can buy their copies. It’s the least you could do to reward what this book represents for me and all of those who should read it.