Letter from King Leopold II to Colonial Missionaries

Letter from King Leopold II to Colonial Missionaries

Below is a letter written in 1883 by King Leopold II of Belgium to Belgian Christian missionaries being sent to Congo. These  Christian missionaries would eventually become the spearhead of Belgian colonialism only to be followed by Belgian traders and lastly the Belgian army.

Reverends, Fathers and Dear Compatriots:

The task that is given to fulfil is very delicate and requires much tact. You will go certainly to evangelize, but your evangelization must inspire above all Belgium interests. Your principal objective in our mission in the Congo is never to teach the n!ggers to know God, this they know already. They speak and submit to a Mungu, one Nzambi, one Nzakomba, and what else I don’t know.

They know that to kill, to sleep with someone else’s wife, to lie and to insult is bad. Have courage to admit it; you are not going to teach them what they know already. Your essential role is to facilitate the task of administrators and industrials, which means you will go to interpret the gospel in the way it will be the best to protect your interests in that part of the world. For these things, you have to keep watch on dis-interesting our savages from the richness that is plenty [in their underground. To avoid that, they get interested in it, and make you murderous competition and dream one day to overthrow you.

Your knowledge of the gospel will allow you to find texts ordering, and encouraging your followers to love poverty, like “Happier are the poor because they will inherit the heaven” and, “It’s very difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.” You have to detach from them and make them disrespect everything which gives courage to affront us. I make reference to their Mystic System and their war fetish – warfare protection – which they pretend not to want to abandon, and you must do everything in your power to make it disappear.

Your action will be directed essentially to the younger ones, for they won’t revolt when the recommendation of the priest is contradictory to their parent’s teachings.

The children have to learn to obey what the missionary recommends, who is the father of their soul. You must singularly insist on their total submission and obedience, avoid developing the spirit in the schools, teach students to read and not to reason.

There, dear patriots, are some of the principles that you must apply. You will find many other books, which will be given to you at the end of this conference.

Evangelize the n!ggers so that they stay forever in submission to the White colonialists, so they never revolt against the restraints they are undergoing. Recite every day – “Happy are those who are weeping because the kingdom of God is for them.”

The letter which follows is Courtesy of Dr. Vera Nobles and Dr. Chiedozie Okoro.

Letter from King Leopold II of Belgium to Colonial Missionaries, 1883.

Convert always the Blacks by using the whip. Keep their women in nine months of submission to work freely for us. Force them to pay you in sign of recognition-goats, chicken or eggs-every time you visit their villages. And make sure that n!ggers never become rich. Sing every day that it’s impossible for the rich to enter heaven. Make them pay tax each week at Sunday mass.

Use the money supposed for the poor, to build flourishing business centres. Institute a confessional system, which allows you to be good detectives denouncing any Black that has a different consciousness contrary to that of the decision-maker.

Teach the n!ggers to forget their heroes and to adore only ours. Never present a chair to a Black that comes to visit you. Don’t give him more than one cigarette.

Never invite him for dinner even if he gives you a chicken every time you arrive at his house.
“The above speech which shows the real intention of the Christian missionary journey in Africa was exposed to the world by Mr. Moukouani Muikwani Bukoko, born in the Congo in 1915, and who in 1935 while working in the Congo, bought a second hand Bible from a Belgian priest who forgot the speech in the Bible. – Dr. Chiedozie Okoro

Africans Should Note:

1] that all missionaries carried out, and still carry out, that mandate. We are only lucky to
have found King Leopold’s articulation of the aim of all Christian imperialist missionaries to Africa.

2] Even the African converts who today manage the older churches in Africa (the priests, bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals etc of the Roman and Protestant sects), and especially also those who evangelize Born-Again Christianity, still  serve the same mandate. Which is why they demonize African gods and Anglicize African names, and drop the names of African deities which form part of African names; and still attack and demolish the African shrines that have managed to survive, e.g. Okija.

3] Those Africans who voluntarily converted to Christianity  before the colonial conquest such as Affonso I of the BaKongo in the 15th century probably did not discern the purpose of the brand of Christianity that was supplied to them. Which was probably why they fell easy prey to the missionaries and the White traders and pirates who followed them.
But their Japanese counterparts probably did discern the game, even without access to some version of Leopold’s letter. But even if the Japanese Shoguns did not intuit what Leopold makes explicit, they clearly realized the danger of Japanese converts to Christianity forming a fifth column within Japanese society and state, a fifth column loyal to their co-religionists in Europe.

What then must Africans of today begin to do to save themselves from brainwashing by their White World enemies here on earth? – That is the question.


  • I think it’s time for Africans to stand as one and look back to their ancestors and abandon this evil from the white.

    • As it should be. The Awakening is happening very fast, though the white washing of our story in the continent has really affected our people but the Awakening is taking shape. Thank you for your comment.

    • What a World we live in! So the white man under the guise of Christianity has always seen and taken the Black man as a fool even saying that we the blacks emerged from an Ape.

      • That’s how we are viewed. Unfortunately, the kind of whitewashing they did to our history did more damage to us. But the awakening is happening and it’s just awesome.

      • I thank Nananom for the open of the eyes to see the realities now Africans should go back to our natural home where we belong to the gods of our forefathers IT IS TIME TO Was WAKE UP

  • That was not a good thing the whites did,so i encorage all the black people to love their continent africa.

    • Exactly. The biggest challenge is that, our people are so much white/brainwashed, they defend this religion more than the whites themselves, we thank the Most High for the awakening that is happening in the continent, it’s unstoppable. Thank you for your comment.

  • It’s high time that we Africans must unite, open borders and trade with each other, combine our Forces and build our economy. Together we’re Strong, separated we Fall. # Africa must Rise

    • Thanks Anele for your kind comments. #AfricaMustRise and it’s rising. There’s an awakening taking place in Africa Burkina Faso (The Land of our Father) is leading the way.

  • Thank you so much for this.
    The biggest problem is with our so called leaders with their begging bowls. Those bowls create an impression to the whites that we are subordinates to them.
    How I wish leaders could have their senses and say NO to the white supremacy,

    • You’re welcome my brother. That’s our biggest problem. However, there’s hope that is coming from the SAHEL region and I hope it will reach other parts of Africa.

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