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By Munyaradzi Mawere, Tapuwa R. Mubaya

The as soon as acrimonious debate at the life of African philosophy has come of age, but the necessity to domesticate a tradition of belonging is extra not easy now than ever sooner than in lots of African societies. The gargantuan indelible energised chicanery waves of neo-colonialism and globalisation and their sweeping impact on Africa call for extra concerted motion and recommendations than cul-de-sac discourses and magical realism. It is  Read more...

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Some geo-political phrases obscure reality rather than reveal it. Like “the Islamic world” or “the international community”, “Africa” doesn’t exist. 40 As could be seen from different descriptions, imaginations and conceptualisations of Africa, the central question is reason and therefore the questioning of the philosophiness of African philosophy. By philosophiness of the African philosophy we mean the quintessence of and the degree to which African philosophy could qualify as philosophy. Even if African philosophy is equated to simple lore, one should understand that any lore that deepens and widens people’s horizons and presents food for thought is the beginning of philosophy, hence its philosophiness.

The five implications pointed out above suggest that while the existence of philosophy in Africa could be widely acknowledged, the nature, scope, and interpretation of that philosophy is never homogenous such that no single scholarly work can sufficiently exhaust the subject and methodology of African philosophy. ” is enduring and will continue to boggle our minds for many more years to come. It is not a question that can be addressed in humptydumpty and hastily lest it escapes our reason like a butterfly in its erratic flight.

African philosophy, thus, belongs to every member of the society, young or old, born or yet to be born, from which it is rooted. It is rooted from the shared lived experiences of the African people as a whole. On this note, African philosophy includes proverbs, idioms, folktales, maxims, and aphorisms, among other shared experiences and wisdoms of the African people. Ethno-philosophy is very much closer to culture philosophy and philosophic sagacity although Odera Oruka tells us that the former [culture philosophy] is a first order activity while the latter [philosophic sagacity] is a second order activity.

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