Pyrex Journal of African Studies and Development (PJASD)

July 2016 Vol. 2(1), pp. 1-7

ISSN: 2985-8763

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African Humanism as a Socialist Solution to the Capitalist Underdevelopment Problems in Nigeria: A Philosophical Appraisal

Macaulay A. Kanu

Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

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Accepted 4th July, 2016


Humanism is the devotion to human and it is the cultural foundation of African society. This cannot be jettisoned by the adoption of Western imperialist culture and its objectives. African humanism is the value-system that portrays humanistic and egalitarian outlook of the people and their society. The Western agents in the name of some African leaders) cannot completely wane of the value-system. So far, such capitalistic exploitative objective is sending some African societies (like Nigeria) backward, instead of forward. The alien influence of the West in their relationship with our societies fashions out an attitude that neither respects the core human values of our culture nor leads the younger members of the community to acquire the true knowledge of African values. This has led to the inferiority complex of depending on the foreign culture which is manifest in our unreflective and blind copy and introduction of alien values into our cultural milieu. This calls for the revisit and invigoration of our human cultural value-system which depicts the authentic African experience. That is, it calls for the establishment of African socialism as the foundation for the remodeling of African society in the light of modernization and cultural confluence.

Keywords: Humanism, culture, Africa, values.

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