Mvemba a Nzinga, the leader of the Kongo civ, has the following ability:

Religious Convert

May not build Holy Site Districts, gain Great Prophets, or found Religions. Gains all Beliefs of any Religion that has established itself in a majority of his cities. Recieves an Apostle each time he finishes a M'banza or Theater Square (of that city's majority Religion).

Does that mean it is impossible for this civ to win using religious victory?

  • I want to say yes, but it will be harder.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 23:24
  • @TimmyJim Don't you need to found a religion to win religious victory though? Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 23:50
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    It is indeed impossible, and in fact this is the key point of a strategy to get the "win on deity" achievement without having to be good at the game - disable all victory conditions except for religious and play a duel against Mvemba.
    – Pahlavan
    Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 7:07

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I believe you are correct. Unfortunately, because it would be hilariously awesome if it were possible, Mvemba a Nzinga cannot win a religious victory.

In order to obtain a Religious Victory, you must make your Religion the predominant Religion for every other major civilization in the game.
- "Religious Victory", Civilopedia; emphasis added

I understand this to imply only the creators of a Religion are eligible for a Religious Victory condition. If Mvemba a Nzinga spreads the religion of his cities to other civilizations, he is helping the creator of that religion advance towards a Religious Victory, not himself.

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    Indeed, and even if you capture the holy city of an opponent and eliminate that opponent, you still do not appear as a candidate for a religion victory.
    – CoqPwner
    Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 19:44

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