Young Black Women are leaving Christianity and embracing African Witchcraft in Digital Covens


White Millennials have embraced witchcraft seriously in the last ten years black Millennials have joined the bandwagon.

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are the demographic bracket following Generation X and preceding Generation Z. Researchers and popular media use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years, with 1981 to 1996 a widely accepted defining range for the generation.

Three years ago, an African-American woman, Iyawo Orisa Omitola said: “We may not be Christian here, but we still pray. I understand God more now, doing what I’m doing, than I ever did in the Church. The call and response that followed (“No one’s going to protect us but who?” “Us!).

The statement was made at the third annual Black Witch Convention, which brought together some 200 women in a Baltimore reception hall in the United States of America.

Spiritual diagnosis reveals hundreds of young black women are leaving Christianity in favour of their ancestors’ African spiritual traditions.

Many of them claim to finding a sense of power in the process and a reconnection to their roots.

This ‘new discovery’ also plays out in the music industry alone.

Beyoncé’s allusion to an African goddess in Lemonade and at the Grammys; Azealia Banks’s declaration that she practices brujería (a Spanish term for witchcraft); and Princess Nokia’s hit “Brujas,” in which she tells white witches, “Everything you got, you got from us” – are indications that an unGodly trend is trending.

Popular American preacher and author, Dr. Kynan Bridges recently said Beyonce’s Black is King Album was laden with demonic nuances and symbolisms, whilst the musician presents a front of ‘connecting back to the root”.


African American witchcraft originated in West Africa and streamlined much more to the Yorubas in Nigeria.

This form of witchcraft is buried in a set of religious traditions that focus on reverence for ancestors and worship of a vast pantheon of deities known as orishas.

Many West Africans who brought to the Americas as slaves came with the witchcraf and it was later synthesised with Western religions, such as Catholicism.

By the early 19th century, Cuban Santeria, Brazilian Candomblé, Haitian Vodou, and other syncretistic faiths had emerged as a result. In cities like New Orleans, voodoo (slightly different from Haitian Vodou) and hoodoo, which also descend from West African faiths, grew popular.

These practices — which often involve manipulating candles, incense, or water to achieve a desired result—may have helped give slaves some sense of power, however minimal.

Modern black witches are practicing Yoruba-based faiths, with a few Millennial touches. They build altars to ancestors so they can seek their advice on everything from romance to professional advancement, cast spells using emoji to help banish depression, surround themselves with crystals in the hope that they will relieve stress, and burn sage to cleanse their apartments of negative energy.

This practice, though largely decimated in Nigeria is still very much alive in many parts of Yoruba land.

Many naive people fall into satanism in the pursuit of original African culture, tradition and power. Some do it as rebellion against ‘white religion and white Christianity’.

American churches have a lot of work to do to curb the loss of youngsters to satanism, demonism and voodoo.

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