Young people in Nairobi, Kenya are abandoning Christianity and adopting alternative practices to meet their religious needs, a study by Catholic researchers has revealed.
In the study that was conducted by Fr. Sahaya Selvam, a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) and Mr. Ngure Githinji, a Nairobi-based research consultant, it was observed that a section of young people who did not receive proper faith formation, among other factors, are adopting spirituality outside Christianity to address moral issues.
Others, the study found, are looking up to a blend of traditional African cultures and their basic Christian formation to fill the religious gaps in their lives.
In the study, 38 young adults aged between 18-35 were allowed to share their experiences of no longer subscribing to Christianity. These were 29 young men and 9 young women who had been baptized but had completely stopped going to Church.