This article reflects on the development of African theology from its beginning up
to the end of the twentieth century. A critical assessment of this development and the current state
of African theology is given. The future and possible shortcomings of African theology are also
discussed. It is argued that for African theology to make a difference in a multi-cultural and
multi-contextual Africa, it should consider being contextual and Biblical. For Christians the Word
means life, is life, and promises life in its fullness. If African theology purports to be
Christian, this should also be one of its premises.