Ethical Imperatives for Current Religious Practices in Africa for Sustainable Development

  • Abraham Mbachirin
  • Patrick Odu Egbeji


The fact that Africa is incurably religious has been variously re-echoed by scholars since it gained prominence with John S. Mbiti. This need not be overemphasized as religion is almost an identity definer in key societal matters. As most critical minds continue to berate religion as the factor responsible for the underdevelopment of the continent, many others surging for best ways to make religion the important factor that it should be to Africa’s development. There is no gainsaying that religious practices in Africa have left them with the ethical challenge to reckon with. This discourse contends that there is a dire need for ethical expression of religious practices in Africa to ensure that the goal of sustainable development is not negatively impacted. Using the exploratory approach, the discourse shows that religious activities in Africa today portray unethical practices that make caricature of religion and what contribution it can bring to sustainable development. It concludes that religious bodies in Africa must be guided by ethical principles in the display of their spirituality to guarantee sustainable development.Key Words: Ethics, Religion, Spirituality, Sustainable Development