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.