It is critical to argue that harmful missionary practices had a deleterious effect on the spread of Christianity in Africa. Specifically, I analysed the activities of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG) of the Church of England, and argue that most of the early Christian missionaries and clergy dispatched to Africa by European mission societies spent more time participating actively in the slave-trade, among other trade activities, rather than propagation of the Gospel. Using mainly ethnographic data collected with interviews among African and Black people in Britain and archival materials at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, I present strong evidence to show how early European Christian missionary activities enhanced the enslavement and the colonisation of Africa. Consequently, in view of the current globalisation and migration across the various cultural frontiers within Africa and the diaspora, it is possible to conclude that this damaging historical missionary enterprise still impacts the religious, social and community life of African and Black people generally in the diaspora.
Keywords: Diaspora, Bible, Christian Missions, Colonisation, Slave Trade.
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