The Challenges and Prospects of African Philosophy in the age of Globalisation

  • Uchenna L. Ogbonnaya The Conversational School of Philosophy Calabar Circle
  • Eric Ndoma Besong
Keywords: African Philosophy, Comparative (Global) Philosophy, Globalisation


It is true that African philosophy exists and has gotten a wider recognition and
acceptance. This can be attested to by the many universities within and outside
Africa studying it as one of the branches of philosophy. However, African
philosophy is still faced with the challenge of relevance in this globalised world. In
this era, a philosophy or philosophical tradition has to move from its philosophical
place to philosophical space for it to remain relevant. This is what philosophers
such as Innocent I. Asouzu, Jonathan O. Chimakonam have done. They have taken
African philosophy to the philosophical space where it competes favourably with
other philosophies. In spite of this great move, African philosophy is still faced with
some challenges. It is to address some of these challenges that this paper becomes
germane. In this paper, we are of the position that African philosophy has a lot of
prospects for philosophy at the philosophical space and globalisation. We will
explore and discuss some African philosophical concepts and systems such as,
Ibuanyidanda, Njikoka Amaka, Ubuntu, Ujamaa, etc, with the view of showing how
they can be relevant in comparative/intercultural (global) philosophy and the
global society. The rationale is that, inherent in these unique concepts and systems
of African philosophy is the tendency to foster mutual understanding and peaceful
co-existence, which are lacking in the globalised world. The methods employed in
this work are critical analysis, reflection, synthesis and reasoned prescription.


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