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"I shavha i sia muinga i yafhi?" (Running away from your own path, where are you heading?). This Tshivenda proverb highlights the need for people to affirm their own roots. On the basis of the wisdom of the preceding proverb, I will argue from a decolonial perspective that African biblical scholars have to take seriously their own African heritage, the complexity of their social location, show concern for the plight of the grassroots communities, and thus do justice to their contexts ratherdoi:10.17570/stj.2016.v2n2.a19 fatcat:d7o7vgkijbdi5e6ovkebu4nx3i