Freemasonry in Africa: Real Lodges, Scams and FAQs

By Bro Rick W.
AFRICAN FREEMASONRY – Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Nigeria and South African Regions (Version 1.9)

There seems to be a massive increase in questions on this page about joining from various nations from within Africa. This is basically a one-stop guide that I have put together to assist visitors interested in joining.

Let’s get the hard facts out of the way since there seems to be a lot of misunderstandings about Freemasonry……….

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Firstly a warning; There are a number of fake Lodges operating in Africa. One of the most outrageous can (currently) be found at this link: http://sale.kbo.co.ke/  (follow this link only with caution and DO NOT engage with them in any way or provide information, it is a criminal scam with no ties to real Freemasonry!)

The promises of huge sums of Money will simply will NOT happen. This is a massive criminal deception, and as they become known, they are reported to the authorities. This one has been.
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I have briefly seen a film that seems to be popular in Tanzania, called Devils Kingdom. This film has nothing whatsoever to do with Freemasonry. It is fictional, and is a basic, very low budget Horror Film that is designed to appeal to the African Horror fan. If you think that Freemasonry involves any of the sordid type of behaviors portrayed in the film, forget it. That doesn’t happen in a masonic Lodge.

FREEMASONRY WILL NOT GIVE YOU MONEY
IT WON’T MAKE YOU FAMOUS.
IT PROVIDES FOR HUMANITARIAN RELIEF, TO LIFEBOATS, AIR AMBULANCES AND HOSPITALS.
YOU HAVE TO PAY ANNUAL LODGE FEES WHICH ARE USED FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE LODGE BUILDING.

I’LL SAY IT AGAIN (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT FIRST TIME AROUND) FREEMASONRY WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAMOUS OR RICH, OR A HIP HOP STAR.
IT WILL NOT PAY FOR YOUR EDUCATION. IF YOU ARE THINKING THIS, PLEASE MOVE ALONG. FREEMASONRY IS NOT FOR YOU.

OK, if you’re still with us at this point, some administration…

This part is really important. This post isn’t an open invite to friend me, or private message me. Please don’t waste your time by sending me a friend request or private message. I don’t mean to be rude, but I won’t accept it, so don’t be put out when I just delete it.  The admin, Bruce Fenton will accept requests.

Don’t ask a question via a private message either, ask it on the Freemasons page where all the other Freemasons can see it. That way you get the benefit of their knowledge and wisdom.

The links below are to the best of my knowledge and belief Regular and Recognised Lodges. MOST are from English Constitution Lodges. If you go outside these links, I take no responsibility for the consequences.

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 months and months….. We don’t just let anyone in! You will need to have some self initiative. If nobody replies to your e-mail, telephone, fax, look up their number in the Telephone Book, and if all else fails, visit them in person. There is very little those of us living outside Africa can do.

Nobody will call you from a Masonic Lodge first. You have to call them.

DO NOT PUT YOUR NUMBER ON FACEBOOK – NOBODY WILL CALL YOU FROM A LODGE!

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 these 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.

JUST IN CASE YOU FORGOT WHAT I POSTED ABOVE……Please bear in mind that Freemasonry will not make you Rich (probably the opposite), it won’t make you famous, and it won’t help you become a big Rap, Hip Hop or Dub Step Star. It won’t make you into a Politician capable of running the world. If this what you are thinking, stop reading now, forget about joining Freemasonry, and move on, it isn’t for you!
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If you live in Tanzania or Kenya, your Lodges are administered by the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, so you will need to apply at this address:

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF EAST AFRICA
District Grand Secretary
Address
Freemasons’ Hall
PO Box 40828
Nairobi
Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2727201

If you can’t get through on the phone, write a letter asking for more information on joining.
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If you live in Ghana, you have quite a choice of Lodges. Freemasonry in Ghana is organised under two constitutions – the Grand Lodge of Ghana which is an amalgamation of the Irish and Scottish Lodges – and the District Grand Lodge of Ghana, English constitution.

One under the English constitution;

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF GHANA
District Grand Secretary Kofi Adimado
Address
PO Box 409
Liberia Road
Accra
Ghana
Tel: (233 21) 669250

If you can’t get through on the phone, write a letter asking for more information on joining.

and one under the Scottish and Irish Constitution:

Office of the Grand Lodge of Ghana,

Grand Secretary – R.W. Bro. Fernando Baeta
P.O. Box KA 9590,
Accra – Ghana.
+233-302-923-825
If you can’t get through on the phone, write a letter asking for more information on joining.

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If you live in Nigeria, you have a choice of two constitutions. Either of them are recognized and regular. You can contact them at these addresses:

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF NIGERIA

http://www.dgln.org/DGLN/Welcome.html

District Grand Secretary Peter Graham Crabb
Address
PO Box 227
Lagos
Nigeria
Tel: [234] (0)704 406 3847 or

Nigerians who wish to join the Irish Constitution can contact

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Nigeria
18, Morgan Street,
Ojodu, Ikeja,
Lagos,
Nigeria.

Telephone: +2348033124069, +2348033289823
If you can’t get through on the phone, write a letter asking for more information on joining.

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If you live in Zambia….write or call….

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF ZAMBIA
District Grand SecretaryNirmal Kumar Shaw
Address PO Box 320075
Woodlands
Lusaka
Zambia
Tel: +260 1 25672
If you can’t get through on the phone, write a letter asking for more information on joining.

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If you live in Namibia….write or call….

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF NAMIBIA
District Grand Secretary John D. Mandy
Address
PO Box 774
Windhoek
Namibia
Tel: 61 227647
If you can’t get through on the phone, write a letter asking for more information on joining.

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DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF SIERRA LEONE & THE GAMBIA
District Grand SecretaryHenry Gbassay Deen
Address PO Box 401
Freemasons’ Hall
Freetown
Sierra Leone

There isn’t a web page or telephone number provided, so a letter it will have to be!

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF ZIMBABWE
District Grand Secretary John Rex Paxton
Tel: +263 4 778270
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South Africa

http://www.grandlodge.co.za/

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DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH AFRICA, CENTRAL DIVISION

District Grand Secretary
Masonic Temple
Du Toitspan Road
Kimberley
8301 South Africa
Postal Address
PO Box 10411
Beaconsfield
8315 South Africa
Tel: +27 53 832 5402

Please note that for all applications to South African Lodges, you must have full South African citizenship or the correct valid visa. This is due to many illegal immigrants attempting to gain entry into South Africa via the fraternity.
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DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH AFRICA, EASTERN DIVISION
District Grand Secretary
Address
PO Box 19603
Tecoma
East London
5214 South Africa
Tel: +27 43 735 4393

Please note that for all applications to South African Lodges, you must have full South African citizenship or the correct valid visa. This is due to many illegal immigrants attempting to gain entry into South Africa via the fraternity.
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DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH AFRICA, NORTH
District Grand Secretary
Address Freemasons’ Hall
6 Park Lane
Parktown
Johannesburg 2193
Postal Address
PO Box 17037
Hillbrow
2038South Africa
Tel: [27] (0) 11 6433311

Please note that for all applications to South African Lodges, you must have full South African citizenship or the correct valid visa. This is due to many illegal immigrants attempting to gain entry into South Africa via the fraternity.
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DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH AFRICA, WESTERN DIVISION
District Grand Secretary
Address
Masonic Centre
Ringwood Drive
Pinelands
7405South Africa
Postal Address
PO Box 205
Howard Place
Cape Town
7450 South Africa
Tel: +27 21 531 6192

Please note that for all applications to South African Lodges, you must have full South African citizenship or the correct valid visa. This is due to many illegal immigrants attempting to gain entry into South Africa via the fraternity.
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Thank You and I wish you well on your journey if it is an honorable one. Please don’t private message me or send me a friend request. Sometimes I reply, but mostly I just delete and block you. Watch out for those scams!

Sincerely,

Rick W.

 

Admin note:  thanks Bro Rick for the post!

PS: Admin note #2    -  its almost certain that posting this post will cause an entire flurry of questions like “how do I join?” (only not so clearly written)    Please, take the time to read this and be respectful of the time of members.

The best place to connect is on the Freemasons Facebook page – just keep questions clear, in English and dont duplicate post.   You can connect with me personally at Bruce Fenton but I do not have time to answer private messages about Freemasonry, especially those which have been answered.

You might also want to take a look at the post How to Become a Freemason

Thanks again Bro Rick!

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