Does being an Atheist/Skeptic make you feel any less of a Nigerian?
I mean, I've been here since August and I always feel out of place because many aspects of Ngierian culture revolve around superstition, religion and just pure ignorance.
In England I enjoy my freedom to say whatever I like regarding religion and people tend to think more rational over there. But I feel like I have to take a backwards step in order to fit into the society here.
Another thing just hit me. I know many Nigerian Atheists hide it from their families, the same Nigerian families who always preach about the importance of love and family and blah blah blah, but once they find out you're an Atheist then all of a sudden family dont mean poo. I know alot of Nigerian Atheists who's parents or family memers dont speak to them because of their lack of belief. Its messed up.
I plan to go to my village before my service ends but I wonder how people will feel once they find out I'm an Atheist since word goes around like that and I dont plan to hide it from family. I rememer when an uncle was stressing to me how important it is for me to go and I agree, but I wonder if they'll even talk to me if they somehow find out I'm an Atheist. And I aint pretending for nobody. Maybe I'm blowing it out of proportion but people in the village just act silly when it comes to this stuff.