The value of a person in Akan traditional life and thought: A contemporary inquiry

  • Joseph Kofi Antwi PhD. Cand.

Abstract

As a contribution to the debate on African Philosophy, this paper explores the value of a person in Akan traditional life and thought. African philosophy can be found in the various traditional and cultural schemes of the people. This paper maintains that one of the approaches of appreciating African philosophy is through the traditional concept and worldview of the nature of a person. This paper argues that a person is not just a bag of flesh and bones that we see with our eyes, but, a more complex being with soul and body. Through a qualitative analysis of the relevant literature, this paper argues that some contemporary incidents, such as African crossing the Mediterranean Sea to seek better life in Europe, and the recent Xenophobic attacks on some African nationals in South Africa, undermines the indigenous value of a person in Akan traditional life and thought. This paper concludes that the real goal of the value of human life, as one of the dominant themes in African philosophy, must be properly studied, assessed, understood and harnessed in addressing contemporary African problems, such as corruption in government and society, environmental degradation, indiscipline, diseases and conflicts in our communities and other social vices. Keywords: Akan worldview, philosophical thought, communalism, humanism, Agenda 2063
Published
Jan 21, 2017
How to Cite
ANTWI, Joseph Kofi. The value of a person in Akan traditional life and thought: A contemporary inquiry. European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, p. 94-102, jan. 2017. ISSN 2411-4138. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php?journal=ejis&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=1847>. Date accessed: 23 apr. 2017.