Sorry, I’m kinda bumping this old thread—but it was just sitting there near the top and… anyway. On the OP:
I understand your frustration. While I’m undoubtedly a white American, I lived in Plateau State (about 40km from Jos, to be precise) for a while as a child, and am currently living with a Nigerian pastor here in the U.S. who’s working on his Doctor of Ministry degree (I haven’t told him of my un-belief yet, though he knows I attend a UU church), and I would love to return to Nigeria via a volunteer organization such as the Peace Corps in the future (the Peace Corps operates in Niger, not Nigeria—but in any event I’d go someplace where Hausa is spoken).
If I were to return to Africa, religion would be an issue. My parents and grandparents—all professional (as opposed to merely evangelical) missionaries—at least had the advantage of being an insider when it came to religion, even if their skin color, culture, and education set them apart. But me as an atheist in northern Nigeria? Goodness, it’s hard enough to be a Christian in a Sharia state.
I happened to read this morning that there’s a small group of Unitarian Universalists in Nigeria. I presume they’re in the south (where else?)—you might want to look into it. I presume it’s a *very* small group, since even America only has ~200,000 UUs.
I attend a Christian university. One of my professors (many of whom are quite liberal and would merit even the respect of a skeptic) once commented that “we’ve done a very good job of exporting fundamentalism to Africa.” America hasn’t yet decided if its secular, either. We’re going the way of Europe, but we sure are a heck of a lot more conservative than they are on the other side of the pond.