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Title:Reflections on 'African Personality'
Author:Okolo, Chukwudun B.
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African identity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:In wondering about the significance of the phrase 'African personality', particularly in the context of the sociopolitical and cultural aspirations of modern Africans, the author comments on the meaning and implications of the concept as used by many of Africa's most respected statesmen and scholars: Kwame Nkrumah, Albert Memmi, Kenneth Kaunda, Alex Quaison-Sackey, Alioune Diop, Tom Mboya. It is in the context of colonial experience and the consequent effort of the African to (re)construct the truth of his being and reassert himself as the master of his world that the true meaning of 'African personality' fully emerges. African personality is essentially dynamic, capable of self-realization in different ways, in personal and collective behaviour, in national and international affairs. While the modern African is yet to be the author of his history and the main controller of his destiny, the struggle for full liberation is on. Notes, ref.