Posts Tagged ‘African Identity’

AFRICAN IDENTITY, ITS RELEVANCE TO AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT

April 10, 2017

Author: Nnadozie Chibuike Micheal
Department: Philosophy
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

The crisis of Africa identity has overwhelmingly been traced to the advent of colonialism. Though, colonialism has ended, and Africans are now in charge of their personal affairs; the probes of poverty, societal degradation, underdevelopment and the likes that the continent is faced with are seemingly perennial. The daunting nature of African identity is based on its expansive and nebulous category that can be contextualized in and approached from a bewildering array of ideological positions. It is this positions that we tried to juxtapose, in order to find a way they can aid in the development of African continent. This work however, goes to give the Africa the confidence, that there should be no need for Africans to give up their right to think for themselves and instead lazily fit into negative stereotypes contrived by those who have little respect for Africa and spare no opportunity to ridicule her. Considering the divergence opinion and theories held about the identity of the African, we shall apply the method of Dialectics. This is to ascertain the clarity in the different theories held about African and her identity and its relevance to the development of the African continent. Africans are by this study, asked not to give up their destiny in their hands in projecting her unique cultural heritage, in such manner that she can face the current challenges of globalization.

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THE CRISIS OF IDENTITY IN AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY: AN ANALYSIS OF NKRUMAH’S CONSCIENCISM

September 26, 2013

AUTHOR: 0KEKE, VITALIS-ANTHONY OLISAEMEKA

DEPARTMENT: PHILOSOPHY

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY AWKA

The crisis of identity in African Philosophy is the psychological trauma that have besieged the African mind. The crisis manifests itself in
everything done by most Africans. Historically, the problem arose out of Africa’s trio experiences of racial discrimination, slavery cum slave trade and colonialism. This crisis began with the conviction that the Africans were psychologically invaded and raped of their identity. Through these events in history, Africans were culturally, religiously, and politically alienated. This led to the crisis of identity in African Philosophy. The crisis of identity in African Philosophy entails that of language, history and limitation of philosophical discourse in Africa only to the writing of Temples’ Bantu Philosophy. This thesis therefore delves into exposing the background to the crisis and asserts that the crisis of identity in Africa is not only cultural but also political, economical, religious and most especially, philosophical. This being the case, Africans were left with a schizophrenic identity-a slave of duo worlds (Western and African) to which he should find the good things inherent in each to form her own identity. The method of the work is critical evaluation of the whole scenario, using Nkrumah’s Consciencism.

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