The Rediscovery of Ubuntu Philosophy in Africa

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The Rediscovery of Ubuntu Philosophy in Africa

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The Rediscovery of Ubuntu Philosophy in Africa(Name)(Institution)Table of Contents11.0 IntroductionUbuntu is an indigenous African philosophy that comprehends individual existence as being inseparable from the society through warm and filial relationships. It is an African world view enshrined in the Nguni proverb, Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu1, which literally means "a person is a person through other persons". The concept of Ubuntu articulates a basic respect and compassion for others. Ubuntu is an African philosophy of life that promotes a sense of togetherness or solidarity, humaneness, personhood, and morality amongst members of the society. Others have branded it as a worldview of African societies meant to regulate the moral values of a social setup2.Khoza in his book The Need for an Afrocentric Approach to Management defines Ubuntu as an African view of life and worldview; it is the collective consciousness of African people. Khoza observes that Africans have their own religion, their own ethical views, and their own political ideologies - Black Counsciousness and Negritude. The distinctive counciousness, according to him, is manifested in African behavior patterns, expressions, and spiritual self-fulfilment where values such as the universal African brotherhood are emphasized3. Africa as a continent is blessed with enormous natural resources, but the most valuable of all is its people. The African people have endured a lot over the centurie

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