HALLOWEEN PARTIES ARE COOL BUT IT WILL TAKE SOMETHING EXTRA FOR IT TO GO MAINSTREAM IN AFRICA
Africans love holidays, festivities, anything that will keep them from going to work, they greet with open arms. I for one like the comfort of my home but we all have to make a living and staying home may just work in the negative for you. I’m sure you definitely agree, however, this article isn’t about how you love to stay home; it’s about why we do not celebrate Halloween.
Living in Nigeria and in various parts of Africa Halloween isn’t celebrated, in fact, we do not as much as talk about it in school, at home, at work, in the markets, or anywhere else and here’s why;
1. Africans are very precautious
Owing to some of the movies produced within the continent that explores diabolical powers (not like we truly believe in all of that), Africans have become extremely careful with what they say, how they say what they say, what they do, and what they wear. No one wants to be associated with “evil”.
2. We take things personal
No one wants to be afraid so please “don’t scare me”! You easily make enemies in these parts if you put up a fearful and intimidating façade. We want to know that we are safe and can move around as care freely as we choose. I don’t want to see someone come up to my door step all dressed in some scary outfit, I’d probably greet you with a piece of wood before I realize you came in peace.
3. Religion is something
Africans are extremely religious people and Halloween is point blank devilish (so they assume). How come no one ever dresses like an angel or a pastor? They always wear something scary.
Of course there are more reasons but these three stands out and as a result, it is going to take Halloween something extra to go mainstream in Africa. Although there has been a recent trend which shows that some corporate and social bodies come together annually to go trickle treating but it has never been a nationwide celebration. I’ve been at some of these corporate or social Halloween parties myself and we’ve seen that this trend is catching on quickly and may soon force the government into making it nationwide in some African countries.