A Philosophical Picturing of Africa in the Globalization Project



Globalization has ambivalence opaque both in the physical and mental spheres. Like the Trojan horse, it is a recognized catalyst in the chemistry of world unification, a lubricant for unrestricted connection in technological possibilities and an opener of investment opportunities. It is also perceived as a threat to indigenous culture, legitimacy and sovereignty of nations. The inherent possibilities and potentials made globalization an attractable phenomenon, while its shortcomings made it a detestable one. This has consequently positioned Africa between two difficult extremes; the ravaging devil and the cool deep blue sea.

The paper observes that rather for Africa to be a passive participant in this global game there is the need to be an active player. This work therefore provides a philosophical insight into how Africa can successfully navigate the turbulent ocean of globalization by placing high premium on self–reliance and harnessing the gains occasioned by fusion of horizon. In this sense, the paper argues for glocalization of the cultures of all participants particularly African cultures with a view to providing a level – playing field for all stakeholders. This involves looking within Africa, harnessing and placing premium on African cherished values with a view to synthesizing it with the others. The article therefore employs the analytical and prescriptive methods of philosophical inquisition.

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