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Contextualizing Indigenous Knowledge in Africa and its Diaspora

Editor(s): Ibigbolade Aderibigbe, Alloy Ihuah, Felisters Jepchirchir Kiprono

Book Description

This volume proposes a wholesale adoption of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIKS) as a paradigm for Africa’s renewal and freedom from the whims of foreign interests. These systems, as argued here, involve balancing short-term thinking and immediate gratification with longer-term planning for future generations of Africans and the continent’s diaspora.

The book will be of interest to anyone concerned with development studies in Africa and its diaspora, as it offers plausible solutions to Africa’s chronic developmental problems that can only be provided from within Africa, rather than through the intervention of external third parties. As such, it provides vital contributions to the ongoing search for viable answers to the challenges that Africa faces today.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-7840-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-7840-5
Date of Publication: 01/09/2015
Pages / Size: 265 / A5
Price: £47.99


Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe, PhD, is Associate Professor of African Religion and the Religions of Africa in the Diaspora at the Department of Religion and the African Studies Institute at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA. Dr Aderibigbe previously taught at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria, and has written and co-edited numerous books. His articles have appeared in several refereed journals and his works have been included in a number of edited volumes. He has served as the Editor of Religions’ Educator, the Journal of the Nigerian Association for the study of Religions and Education, for many years.

Alloy S. Ihua, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is the Editor of the African Journal of Existential Philosophy, and specializes in the philosophy of science and existentialism. Dr Ihuah has written several books and contributed numerous papers to edited volumes and referred journals.

Felisters Jepchirchir Kiprono, is a Doctoral Candidate in Career and Information Studies at the University of Georgia. Felisters received her MEd from the University of Georgia and her BEd from Kenyatta University. She previously served as a Graduate Research Assistant in Workforce Education Leadership and Social Foundations and is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the African Studies Institute. Felisters is the recipient of the 2015 “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges” award, and her research interests centre on career development and choices, rural women entrepreneurs, and gender issues in education among Kenyan students.