Lthe MPW program in 2022. Her goal is to become a photojournalist by capturing still images and videos that tell stories about her surroundings.
Lerato Sibanyoni, 24, is a self-taught photographer from Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. She completed her matric in 2018 and studied mobile journalism and photography through the MPW program in 2022. Her goal is to become a photojournalist by capturing still images and videos that tell stories about her surroundings.
Religion and Spirituality
Religion and customs:
In many African cultures, religion plays a huge role in shaping customs and traditions. Many traditional African religions are based on the belief of a spirits, and ancestor. For example, most Africans have a belief that their ancestors can intervene in the lives of their descendants. Such religions practice various customs such as giving offerings to ancestors during important ceremonies. All these ceremonies are not conducted without the belief and respect of God’s existence, a prayer is usually said to open way for blessings.
Colonialism and Spirituality:
The impact of colonialism on African religions is undeniable. Colonialists brought their own religion with them to Africans, leading to the oppression and demonization of traditional African religions. This, in turn, led to a loss of cultural identity for many African people. For instance, Christianity and Islam which were brought by European and Arab colonizers respectively, played a major role in shaping African spirituality to what we know today. The images I have prepared on this series are a display of how Easter week and Ramadan are practiced. This shows how different religious groups can co-exist.
In conclusion, religion has played a major role in shaping African customs and traditions. The impact of colonialism on African spirituality cannot be ignored and has led to a loss of cultural identity and traditions. It is important to continue to explore traditional African religions to better understand the rich diversity of African spirituality