Eva Chikabadwa

M’BONA AS A BLACK JESUS IN MALAWI

My MFA research will concern colonial and missionary interpretation and representation of African religious practice, focusing on the M’bona cult of Malawi. Through my body of practical work that will be composed of both paintings and sculptures, I wish to explore and  question the postulation made by a missionary anthropologist Mathew Schofeleers that the advocates of the M’bona cult appropriated Christian beliefs. Through a personal artistic perspective, I also wish to visually represent the ideas of the cult as believed by its advocates.