The Challenge of the Resurgence of Negative Aspects of African Cultural Practices Among Christians in Kenya

by Emily Onyango | August 01, 2019

One of the greatest challenges in Kenya is the resurgence of negative aspects of African cultural practices that are oppressive to women. Practices like female genital mutilation, widow inheritance, bride-wealth, and polygamy were marks of identity and therefore important in society. The coming of Christian faith led to challenging most of these practices but not uprooting them. Most of the negative aspects of these practices are resurging because the Christian world-view has not taken root and Christian identity is not well defined. There is a need for interaction between the Bible and the African culture, to develop a world view informed by Scripture.