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Afrika is a mother of Spirituality & Prophets

Every nation has its own prophets. Jesus himself was a prophet of the nation of Israel, not the world. In Africa we have our own prophets but we don’t honor them because we have been made to believe that they are demonic and that what we practice is not biblical.

As Africans we have nothing to do with the bible; that’s a spiritual journey of another nation, not ours. We experience ubuthakathi namadliso – does that mean that they do not exist because they are not in the Bible? Well that’s a topic for another day.

For a very long time we have been praising Jerusalem as our spiritual home. Many Africans, today, take trips to Israel to strengthen their relationship with God, not knowing that they are leaving God behind, in Africa. The strangest thing is that some believers visit David’s grave, but when we visit our ancestors’ graves, it is said to be demonic.

If we studied our own prophets & spirituality, we would see just how much God loves us. If we were confident in our very own spirituality, we’d take pride in our own identity, as well as that of our African prophets. It is unfortunate that Africans can tell you (from A-Z) about Elijah, Abraham and Isaac but when you ask them about their own Prophets; like Prophet Ntsikana, Prophet Radebe, Prophet Credo Mutwa, Prophet Mgijima, they don’t know anything.

Any religion that tells you to honor its ancient prophets & ancestors but reject your own, is a cult. You hear so many people saying that they don’t believe in ancestors, as if the people they read about in the bible are not ancestors themselves. To take it further, we pray to “the God of Abraham”, ” God of Israel”, “God of Jacob” – the list goes on! What about our own prophets? Why is it said that it’s demonic when an African prays to “God of Mantsopa”, for example; is it because their names are not in the bible?

Mama Makhetha Mantsopa is our very own African Prophetess – a renowned healer, rainmaker and diviner born in the late 1700s (around 1795) in a place called Likotsi or Ramakhetheng, near present day Maseru. Prophetess Mantsopa came to life in 2015 through my spiritual leader, Prophet Radebe. During her life and times, she prophesied the coming of the Hlubi prophet (Prophet Radebe) before he was even born. She said that he would take over her mountains. This is one of the ways of identifying true prophets. Bayazana ngokomoya.

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Makhetha Mantsopa was a celebrated prophet of the 19th century and an advisor to King Moshoeshoe, the founder of the Basotho nation. Every year, thousands of people would head to the little settlement of Modderpoort (outside Ladybrand in the Free State) to pay homage and ask for help from the Basotho Prophetess Mantsopa. Thousands of people still do.

For the past two years, my church has been visiting Moodderspoort where Prophetess Mantsopa performed her healing sessions. Among some of the rituals performed at the mountain is lighting candles by her grave, and at the cave where she conducted her healings (intsebenzo) & prayer sessions. Water is also drawn from the spring where Mama Mantsopa drew her water. For us, it is more than just a heritage site. It is a home away from home – a spiritual home.

Contrary to popular and religious belief, Africa is a mother to prophets and prophetesses. It has given birth to many women and men who possessed the gift of prophesy and who have impacted many lives solely because of their relationship with the most high. Yes, their healings and teachings are not recorded in the bible because they are not from Israel but Africa. Yes, our African history has been destroyed and misinterpreted, but it is our duty to start digging and finding the truth.

Prophetess Mantsopa died at the age of 111. The date of her passing is registered as 11 November 1906. She remains an icon till this day. Her memory is preserved and she is still revered by many today. If African stories are not appealing to you as an African, then I’m afraid you are lost and it’s time you questioned what you have been believing about African Spirituality; starting with our prophets.

The sooner we (children of the soil)  start recognizing Africa as indawo yomoya [a spiritual dwelling place] the sooner we will discover the truth about our own history and discover for ourselves how God loves us purely as Africans, because Africa is the holiest place on planet Earth!

Lubisi Kholosa

Comments(2)

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    sinovuyo says

    uthetha amaqiniso odwa ingaba ungowaphi uphantsi kweyiphi inkolo ngoba mna nawe sithetha into enye.

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    mbusi says

    true about details of that prophecy,my family in 2004 also had details regarding some spiritual power at mantsopa area

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