African Philosophy: Traditional Yoruba Philosophy and Contemporary African Realities

By Segun Gbadegesin | Go to book overview

7
CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN REALITIES:
THE CULTURAL VIEW

The second approach to the question of ultimate reality is the cultural approach. On this view, the explanation for contemporary African reality can be traced to the fact that majority of Africans have either forgotten or ignored their cultural roots and have assimilated foreign cultures and foreign ideas. These ideas have done an incalculable damage to the social and economic reality of Africa and is responsible for the experience of the moment. There is, on this view, an authentic African personality which is the pillar of African survival in a multi-racial world. When this personality is not developed, or pride is not taken in it, everything goes into shambles. This is when greed and selfish pursuit of wealth and power take over the lives of people. Authentic Africans are their brothers' and sisters' keepers. But with cultural degeneration, he becomes his brother's killer. This accounts for the phenomenon of armed robbery, suicide and murder. An example of the lesson of cultural dependency that is usually cited is the political system. It is claimed that many African nations had highly developed political systems before the era of colonialism. But after independence, instead of reviving these structures in the light of modern times, we now engage in a trial and error method of political system. This is what is partly responsible for our contemporary realities. Indeed on this view, contrary to Mbiti's assumption, God has a cultural root and the God of Africa is quite different from that of other people. So even if you take the Christian God as the ultimately real, you may still fail to grasp the true nature of African realities. Varieties of negritude theories express this view. But so do a number of non-negritude and even anti-negritude approaches. 1 Thus,

-161-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
African Philosophy: Traditional Yoruba Philosophy and Contemporary African Realities
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 298

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.