Anayo Ossai (PhD)


Religion-related conflicts have developed into an established and complex feature of Nigeria's complicated social structure, impacting the country's socio-cultural, political, and economic spheres. As a reflection of the nation's diversified religious surroundings, these tensions occur due to a complex interaction of historical, social, and ideological factors. The impact of colonialism on religious dynamics in Nigeria examines the tremendous impact of colonial history on the complicated religious environment of Nigeria. Nigeria had a radical imposition of Western religions throughout the colonial era, mainly Christianity and Islam, which affected native belief systems and social structures. The purpose of the study is to examine the lasting impacts of colonial interventions on the religious dynamics of Nigeria. To offer light on how colonial impositions have sustained inequities, fueled identity-based disputes, and impacted modern religious expressions, it aims to investigate the historical roots of religious tensions and conflicts. Colonial administrations drew boundaries of religion along geographic lines, thereby widening religious divides and promoting rivalry amongst religious communities. These divisions' legacy still permeates Nigerian society, impacting relationships, socioeconomic gaps, and political environments. The study carefully analyzed the context of history when attempting to resolve these challenges, and the colonial legacies that continue to sow discord within religious communities are actively confronted. In conjunction with acknowledging the past, the paper recommends inclusive policies, educational reforms, interfaith dialogue, and community engagement initiatives that aim towards healing historical wounds and fostering a shared national identity that transcends religious divides as essential in order to find solutions to Nigeria's religious tensions arising from colonialism.


Impact, Colonialism, Religious Dynamics, Conflicts, Nigeria.

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