In Nigeria, religion is mainly categorised into three; Christianity, Islam and traditional worshippers.
However, on forms and applications it’s just two categories, Christianity or Islam. Hence, traditional worshippers have to pick their second best religion to fit in.
Personally, religion(christainity) is a unique journey that I am very much discovering and learning. I understand the importance of faith and believe in the concept of God, but I am not ashamed to say it’s still a big struggle for me.
Generally, I look simple outwardly, except if there is an occasion for me to look peng! I usually go about a regular day with no make-up, just eight to ten cornrows on my head, no artificial nails, just a basic look that has more to do with me being very carefree about my looks.
But most times, I get mistaken for a tongue-speaking, demon chasing, fire breathing sister of the most high. And I am super tired of telling people “I am not religious, I just love a simple look, and my look is not exclusive to believers” but the reactions that follow are usually insane.
So below are top ten reactions I get when I tell people I am not religious.
1. The ones that laugh it off as a joke
2. The ones that start to argue with me.
How can you say you are not religious? 😡
3. The ones that assume I possess supernatural powers.
Mama di mama, I hail your government o.
4. The ones that are just in shock.
5. The ones that assume I fly in the night.
6. The ones that are disappointed I can’t heal the sick with my deeper life looks.
I am disappointed you are not who I wanted you to be.
7. The ones that are interested in whatever I am practising.
So how does it work? I am ready to sell my soul.🤑
8. The ones that try to play it cool.
My cousin’s brother’s last born’s first born was also not religious. It’s not a big deal.
9. The ones that just walk away from the conversation they started.
I can’t believe this.
10. Then the guardians of the galaxy.
How are your parents even cool with this?
I have actually learnt to deal with the general disapproval of not being religious and stuff. It is still quite awkward for me tho.
I would like to hear your opinions in the comment section. Have you met someone that told you they weren’t religious? How did you react?
P.S: My answers to the following frequent questions I am usually asked.
Do you believe there is a God? Yes.
Do you believe he interferes with the physical world? Yes/ maybe/ I am not sure.
Do you know what role you play in all of this? Not really.
Why are you alive? Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t think I even know why I was born, but I think I have a purpose to fulfil perhaps, and I think I know what it is but I am not sure because you can’t be sure of anything.
Enjoy your Sunday🌻