George Ongere is the executive director of CFI–Kenya, and works with campus groups throughout the region.
When one of the largest news agencies in Kenya, through their daily newspaper, published a surprising report on the rise of atheism in Kenya, most religious fundamentalists could not believe it. In this report, using data from Pew Forum, it was established that in sub-Saharan Africa the median age of most atheists is 20, unlike other nations such as those in Europe and Japan where the median age is 34.
When I was appointed the representative of the Center for Inquiry–Kenya, I somewhat thought I had a challenging task ahead of spreading the ideals of reason, science, freedom of Inquiry and humanist ideals in a deeply religious society. This was way back in 2007 when, after having two meetings with the then Director of International Programs, Norm Allen, Jr. in Kenya, I was made the Director of CFI–Kenya.
As the year 2012 came to an end, the skeptic world was watching keenly the irrational population to see how they would react when the much awaited end of the world, as was supposedly predicted by Mayas for December 21, 2012, failed. In this apocalypse, the sun was believed to be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years. The believers of this apocalypse thought that gravitational, magnetic, and solar energies would go awry when this galactic and planetary alignment occurred, causing an array of natural disasters, including the weakening of our magnetic field, allowing solar radiation to penetrate our atmosphere. However, as that date reached and passed without any such happening, it appeared that this was not another lesson to the many bigots who have been wasting their precious time predicting illusions, and this also did not enlighten the irrational population of how they were wasting a lot of energy spending sleepless nights waiting for the end of the world so they could go to heaven.