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Title:Social philosophy and African emancipation: some preliminary notes on E.W. Blyden
Author:Adelaja, Kolawole
Periodical:Quarterly Journal of Administration
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:African identity
national liberation movements
Abstract:One major theme, severally referred to as 'Negritude', 'African Personality', the 'African Revolution' or the 'African Renaissance', has dominated African thinking for the past century. The essence of the philosophy is African self-assertion. Implicit in it is a determination to establish an 'African' basis for future policies and politics and to reject the degrading compromise imposed by alien occupation of the continent. This article briefly examines some of the ideas of one such African philosopher - Edward Wilmot Blyden - and tries to establish the pertinence of a tradition set more than a century ago. Sections: Background - The genesis of 'African Personality' - Conclusion and observation. Notes.