The activities or contributions of independent churches

The activities or contributions of independent churches
  • They made the Africans aware that they were being exploited by the whites.
  • Thy trained and ordained may African priests
  • They prepared Africans for the struggle for their independence hence increasing African nationalism.




  • Helped Africans to rebuild pure African cultures in response to the pressure from European missionaries who had branded every thing Africa as backward and evil.
  • Made it clear that European missionaries lacked consideration for Africans by denying them leadership in mission churches.
  • They protested against the bad policies of European colonialists in South African.
  • They attacked the racial segregation practices of a white man.
  • They showed that missionaries discriminated Africans by denying them leadership in mission churches.
  • They showed African protest against European imperialism in the Christian way.




  • Made the Africans aware that they can run their own affairs without the influence of the Europeans.
  • They preached that African belonged to the Africans not whites.
  • They sent delegations outside Africa to company for African rights. For example to United States.
  • Built day schools for Africans who later provided leadership to resist the colonial rule.
  • In their schools Africans learnt to read and write.
  • They promoted African cultures and way of life like dressing and language.




  • The good preaching attracted some whites to join them.
  • Influenced African rebellions against European rule .For example the Ethiopian independent churches are suspected to have supported the Bambatha rebellion.

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