I don’t think so. BTW one first has to understand the meaning of “most religious”. If it’s all about “going to church”, then there is no doubt that Africa wins. But if it’s all about having a good command of the Church teachings and doing what the church requires, then I doubt. Whatever the case, I believe that the going to church popularity of Africa might be misleading. There are a lot of reasons for the church going in Africa:
Have you ever been to Africa? One thing I would say about African Christians is their passion for the Church, for Yeshua! They don’t go to Church because they have to.
-> It’s a tradition. I mean – almost everybody goes to church on Sundays – who would want to stay at home? Going to church also means that after mass, one has the opportunity to meet friends and socialise.
You can say this for anywhere in the world. This doesn’t relate specifically to Africa.
-> Going to church is compulsory in most families. There is nothing like after “18”… Parents are always in control.
Again… how does this relate to Africa?
-> There are a lot of Catholic + Christian schools (boarding schools specifically). Well, most people know that Catholic schools are renown for discipline (albeit I now think that the discipline in Catholic schools does more harm than good).
Why do I think that Africa does not deserve such a credit?
- Africa is the most corrupt continent on earth
Corruption is everywhere in Africa and it is the major cause of poverty and conflicts. Corruption doesn’t only exist in Africa, it exists in so-called developed countries as well.
It’s a very complicated. A lot of rich countries in the West also exploit Africans by giving poor price to export commodities such as tea, coffee, bananas etc.
The corruptness, may be in part due to many African countries being artificial colonial creations with borders that make sustainable government more difficult. Conflict-torn countries with long running civil wars such as Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Somalia and Uganda have had little effective government, making it very difficult to get hold of supplies or build necessary infrastructures. This has also given neighbouring countries big refugee problems. And much of Africa has also had corrupt government, like Zimbabwe. But in Africa both the wars and the corrupt governments maintaining poverty, have often been supported by richer Western governments.
But many countries in Africa are now showing some real signs of progress towards better governance. The African Union has established the voluntary self-monitoring Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) for states to conform to agreed political, economic and corporate governance values. Twenty nine of Africa’s fifty three states signed up to participate in APRM by June 2008, being - Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. This at least shows that governments of these countries are aware that government may need improving. See APRM.