Integrating Tradition With Modernity In Contemporary African Politics


Felix Tersoo Gbaeren

Department of Political Science

College of Education, Katsina-Ala

This article undertakes an excursion in to the past African traditional politics in order to assess how it fared during those periods, and examines how it has impacted on contemporary mode of African politics. The writer, using secondary data, found that the central notions in the course of analysis were community, equality, unity, good governance and participation. Despite real differences that hitherto existed among African indigenous socio-political systems which have their origin from the enormous ethno-cultural, linguistic and historical diversity within Africa, they still share common traits that give them the collective identity of African. The article thus concludes that Africa’s past remains a source of inspiration and guidance, to have a strong impact on the African psyche and is bound to continue into the future. This can be sustained through education, both formal and informal, and the pursuit of equality, freedom, and unity, the core elements of the ‘traditional’ African virtues.

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