Hindu temple in Salamanga, Mozambique. (Photo/Wikimedia).

An Outlier Island: Mauritius Is The Only African Country Where Hinduism Is The Majority Religion

THE Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius is an African outlier.

It is the third least corrupt country in Africa, according to Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index. It’s also one of the longest-running democracies in Africa.

However, those are not the things that make it an outlier.

A quiet rich place, there is rarely much drama there. The latest was the controversy over Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, 86, handing over to his son, a political leader, Pravind Jugnauth, 55.

The younger Jugnauth is both finance minister and leader of the ruling Militant Socialist Movement (MSM). Constitutionally, it is legal for him to take over with the resignation of the PM. However, the opposition has rejected his “inheritance” of the job.

Particularly notable, however, is that the nation of 1.3 million is the only African country where Hinduism is the majority religion, with 56.4% of the population as followers as of 2010 data.

The largest concentration of Hindus in the continent can be found in the Southern region of Africa. South Africa is home to more than 500,000 Hindus.

The Eastern region of Africa is also home to many migrant communities from India. It is home to various Hindu temples mainly in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

Hinduism is a recent phenomenon in West Africa most notably Ghana where it is said to be the fastest growing religion. However the Hindu presence in other West African states is limited to South Asian people residing in countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia.

According to the PEW Research Centre, there are more than 100,000 Hindus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

-Wikipedia & Agencies



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