Category: African Studies
Decolonizing the African Mind: Further Analysis and Strategy
The central objective in decolonising the African mind is to overthrow the authority which alien traditions exercise over the African. This demands the dismantling of white supremacist beliefs, and the structures which uphold them, in every area of African life. It must be stressed, however, that decolonisation does not mean ignorance of foreign traditions; it simply means denial of their authority and withdrawal of allegiance from them.
– ChinweizuRead More
Igwebuikology as an Igbo-African Philosophy for Catholic-Pentecostal Relations
Pentecostalism began in the earliest part of the 20th century in the United States of America as the last fruit of the reformation. It emerged out of the Wesleyan Holiness Movement between 1901 and 1906 in Topeka, Kan and LosRead More
Can Africa tell its own stories?
There is not a lot of money in African journalism. As an African journalist, I know this all too well. An illustrative example: I was in South Sudan in November 2012, on a trip I was financing myself. Weeks inRead More
Who Should tell the African story?
All people need to learn about their past and need to be able to participate in the creation of their own legacy. In the past, the story of Africa has been told and defined by others and these ‘others’ haveRead More
Who Killed democracy in Africa? Clues of the past, concerns of the future
- by Ali Mazrui
In analyzing the prospects of democracy in Africa it may be necessary to distinguish between ultimate goals and necessary instruments for achieving them. It would make sense for Africa to distinguish between fundamental rights and instrumental rights.Read More
The Democracy Before Democracy in Africa
Since the dawn of African independence from colonialism in the early 1960s, African liberation leaders and founding fathers qua dictators, military junta and “new breed” leaders have sought to justify the one-man, one-party state — and avoid genuine multiparty democracyRead More
Nigeria: Between Halloween and our culture
The last day of October, every year, to the people of Canada, Ireland, the United States and the United Kingdom, is the Halloween Day. This has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain. Halloween activities commonly include wearing scaryRead More
The STATE In A Capitalist Nigeria
“In a society riddled with colonial contradictions, the resolving of one contradiction creates new ones becausecolonial contradiction is better resolved more by elimination than by substitution.” Late Prof. Mike OnwuejeogwuRead More
Aspects Of “Maternal Home System” In African Tradition
“A contested culture”, says Frantz Fanon, “is a dead culture”. Period! The “Maternal home system”, just like the African extended family system that I’d written about in the past should be of research interest to scholars and individuals who areRead More
Igbo belief system and its nomenclatural anthropomorphism
The principle of individuation can said to be synonymous to Igbo belief system because a reality remains in the mind or in the world of forms according to Plato, except when it has been differentiated from other realities by assigningRead More