Like many Masonic sites, we get regular requests from people in Africa looking for help to become Freemasons. The following information is based on the work of Rick Whitehead who originally posted it on the Freemasons FaceBook page. He has kindly allowed us to reproduce it here.
Let’s get the hard facts out of the way since there seems to be a lot of misunderstandings about Freemasonry in general
- Freemasonry will not give you money and it will not make you rich
- It will not make you famous or assist you to get a recording contract.
- It provides for humanitarian relief and to registered charities
- We raise money for lifeboats, air ambulances, mobile chemotherapy vehicles and hospitals
- You have to pay annual lodge fees, which are used for the upkeep of the lodge building.
- Just in case you missed item number 1; Freemasonry will not give you money. Freemasonry will not make you rich.
Warning: There are an increasing number of fake Lodges operating in Africa. They also use FaceBook very effectively. The Lodges listed below are believed to be genuine and you should contact them for local information.
Under no circumstances hand over any cash until you are actually inside a Lodge and about to be initiated. There are a few scams going on in Africa. Be cautious and don’t get caught out.
Before you embark on your Masonic journey, be aware that the process can take time as we don’t just let anyone in!
Nobody will call you from a Masonic Lodge first, so please do not put your number on Social Media. You have to call the Lodge yourself. This is an important part of becoming a Freemason, and will be explained in due course when you become a Freemason.
If you can’t answer yes to the following questions, you may want to reconsider wanting to join;
- Do you believe in a supreme being such as God, Allah, Yahweh, Krishna, Buddha, etc.?
- Are you over the age of 21 years? (In some countries the minimum age is 18, so check when you first approach them)
- Can you afford to pay your annual Lodge fees without putting yourself or your family in financial difficulties?
- Are you able to devote 3 or 4 nights a Month to attend Lodge for Rehearsals, Meetings, and Lodges of Instructions?
- Are you able to devote time, and/or money to assist those less fortunate than yourself?
and finally the big question;
- Why do you want to be a Freemason? You will be asked this a lot during the process to join.
Masonic Lodges in Africa are often operated as Districts under the English, Irish or Scottish Constitutions. As such the respective Grand Lodges keep up to date records as to the official contacts in those regions. Rather than duplicate that information here we are providing links to the official pages on the respective Grand Lodge websites: