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  • AFRICAN INDIGENOUS ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS: RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

    EDITOR
    Ikechukwu Anthony KANU, OSA, PhD

    First Published in 2021

    A Publication of The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    COPYRIGHT © 2021 by The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    ISBN: 978-978-997-555-6

     

    INTRODUCTION

    The search for alternative perspectives and approaches to the problem of ecological crisis is what has led to the emergence of the views in this book of readings titled: African Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Systems: Religion, Philosophy and the Environment. It is a collection of papers by distinguished African authors who have endeavored to explore the possibility of employing African indigenous knowledge systems in search for ‘the holy’ in the natural world or for the spiritual and moral response that the present ecological crisis requires. This work is very significant at this time as Africa as a continent is today begining to be united by the consciousness that our individual destinies are caught up with the health of natural systems at the national, regional and continental levels. This Book of Readings does not only focus on scholarly and indigenous perspectives regarding the issue of ecology in Africa but also attempts at providing answers to fundamental questions that have been looming at the horizon of thought for years, if not centuries. The beauty of these responses is that they take into congnizance the particular contexts or categories of the African people.

    Interestingly, the perspectives in this book reveal how in African anthroposophy, earth-based spiritual traditions and innovative spiritual practices are already emerging in response to the painful realities of climate change, mass extinction, biodiversity loss, and the disruption of local and global ecosystems which have for long not received the attention that it duely deserves. This piece, therefore, will become one of the greatest ornaments and lights in the world of African eco-spiritulaity as it responds to questions that are long overdue.

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  • AFRICAN ECO-THEOLOGY: MEANING, FORMS AND EXPRESSIONS

    EDITOR
    Ikechukwu Anthony KANU, OSA, PhD

    First Published in 2021

    A Publication of The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    COPYRIGHT © 2021 by The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    ISBN: 978-978-997-556-3

     

    INTRODUCTION

    The formation which the African worldview gives to the human mind regarding the environment is one in which nature is understood not only as a physical home but a spiritual abode. The African world is a worldhood that exists in unity with its creator and the community expresses her realization of this by maintaining the relationship through caring for nature. It is in this sense that the African understands his or her life as sacramental- in that they point to something deeper than can be seen. In the words of Klauder (1987), the environment meant much to the people's identity and their interrelationship, and becomes a “revelation of God, and the world cannot be understood without God for He is the centre and end of creation” (p. 34). Nature becomes, for the African, the locus in and through which God touches His people and reveals himself to them. The exploitation, destruction or mismanagement of this world becomes a destruction of the modes of the divine presence.

    This understanding of the relationship between the African and nature is at the heart of the African Christian’s theological reflections on the environment, and also constitutes what distinguishes African eco-theology from other eco-theologies. African eco-theology is, therefore, simply a theology of social responsibility with a view to saving the future generation, to save the mother earth and the universe, the air, water and the soil from further degradation. African eco-theology is the African prophetic voice crying for the protection and preservation of the life of human beings, their environment and the entire cosmos; a voice that springs from the African worldview of the relationship between the human person and nature. According to Mbiti (1975): Africa has a very rich heritage of what past generations of African people thought or did, experienced, and passed on to their children. This heritage forms a long life that links African forefathers and mothers with the descendants who now feel proud of it. (p. 46).

    Scholars such as Udodora (2011), Mbiti (1976), Thompson (1970), Calder (1968), Gbenga (2006) had observed that all religious traditions whether elementary, pre-literate or advanced, are environmental friendly and teaches environmental preservation and protection. African eco-theology, therefore, stands to articulate in a theological manner African earth-based spiritual traditions and innovative spiritual practices that are emerging in response to the painful realities of climate change, mass extinction, biodiversity loss, and the disruption of local and global ecosystems which have for long not received the attention that it deserves. It is in this sense that this Book of Readings titled African Eco-Theology: Meaning, Forms and Expressions will become one of the greatest ornaments and lights in the world of ecotheology as it responds to fundamental questions looming at the corridors of ecological discourses.

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  • AFRICAN ECOLOGICAL SPIRITUALITY: PERSPECTIVES IN ANTHROPOSOPHY AND ENVIRONMENTALISM - A HYBRID OF APPROACHES

    EDITOR
    Ikechukwu Anthony KANU, OSA, PhD

    First Published in 2021

    A Publication of The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    COPYRIGHT © 2021 by The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    ISBN: 978-978-997-557-0

     

    INTRODUCTION

    This book is a response to the quest for a sacralized worldview as African eco-spirituality is a manifestation of the consciousness and experience of the sacred in the ecology which may serve as a sustained source for African communities’ and individuals’ practical struggle for the healing of the earth’s ecology and for humanity’s sustainable living from the earth’s resources (Taylor 2009; Schalkwyk, 2011). African eco-spirituality centers on “having a reverential attitude toward the environment in taking care of it while dwelling within its premises” (Suganthi 2019, n.pg.) and believes that the preservation of the environment depends on the spiritual awareness of men and women and an attitude of responsibility towards the ecosystem, which include tending, dwelling, reverence, connectedness, and sentience (Suganthi, 2019).

    A cursory glance at the historical development of African anthroposophy, reveals that African earth-based spiritual traditions and innovative spiritual practices that are emerging in response to the painful realities of climate change, mass extinction, biodiversity loss, and the disruption of local and global ecosystems have for long not received the attention that it deserves. This work, therefore, would become one of the greatest ornaments and lights in the world of African eco-spirituality as it responds to questions that are long overdue from the world of African spirituality.

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  • AFRICAN ECO-PHILOSOPHY: COSMOLOGY, CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

    EDITOR
    Ikechukwu Anthony KANU, OSA, PhD

    First Published in 2021

    A Publication of The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    COPYRIGHT © 2021 by The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    ISBN: 978-978-997-558-7

     

    INTRODUCTION

    The need for the African people to relate to their environment within their categories is very important as Africa is today united by the consciousness that individual destinies are caught up with the health of natural systems at the national, regional and continental levels. This Book of Readings on African EcoPhilosophy: Cosmology, Consciousness and the Environment focuses on philosophical reflections regarding the issue of ecology in Africa. These reflections spring from the African earth-based spiritual traditions and innovative spiritual practices. This book, therefore, would become one of the greatest ornaments and lights in the world of African eco-philosophy.

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  • TRENDS AND ADVANCES IN EDUCATION AND MANAGEMENT IN AFRICA

    Proceedings of the International Conference of the Association for the Promotion of African Studies on African Ideologies and Innovative Trends and Advances: Honouring the Past and Shaping the Future, 25th May, 2021

    EDITORS
    Ikechukwu Anthony KANU, PhD

    Jimoh BAKARE, PhD

    Chiugo Catherine KANU, PhD

    First Published in 2021.

    A publication of The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    COPYRIGHT © 2021 by The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    ISBN: 978-978—997-559-4

     

    INTRODUCTION

    The year 2021 marks the beginning of a promising decade for Africa. In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, the continent continues to be home to seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies. Ours is a continent that has continued to give birth to beautiful and inspirational stories, in spite of difficult circumstances. It is on this basis that the Association for the Promotion of African Studies on 25th May, 2021 had her Annual International Conference on the theme: African Ideologies and Innovative Trends and Advances: Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future.

    The 2021 International Conference did not only highlight the triumphs of past years but focused on strategies for tackling forthcoming challenges in the African continent. The collective action of the members of the association as scholars in discussing innovative trends and advances within Africa is representative of the shared energy and excitement around Africa’s academic potential.

    This conference was inspired by a retinue of questions that have bothered the inquisitive minds of the members of APAS and beyond. This book is, therefore, the proceedings of the effort by the members of APAS who took up the challenge to respond to these questions through research.

    The date for the conference, 25th May, which was AFRICA DAY, established by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU) in a bid to enhance change and freedom in Africa, is very significant for the association and the conference. As the association marked this day in a great style, the present work is a part of the ideas generated for greater change and freedom in Africa.

    The present piece titled: Trends and Advances in Education and Management in Africa: Proceedings of the International Conference of the Association for the Promotion of African Studies on African Ideologies and Innovative Trends and Advances: Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future, 25th May, 2021 is part of the outcome of the conference.

     

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  • AFRICAN RELIGION AND CULTURE: HONOURING THE PAST AND SHAPING THE FUTURE

    Proceedings of the International Conference of the Association for the Promotion of African Studies on African Ideologies and Innovative Trends and Advances: Honouring the Past and Shaping the Future, 25th May, 2021

    EDITORS
    Ikechukwu Anthony KANU, PhD

    Kanayo Louis NWADIALOR, PhD

    Ejikemeuwa J. O. NDUBISI, PhD

    First Published in 2021.

    A publication of The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    COPYRIGHT © 2021 by The Association for the Promotion of African Studies

    ISBN: 978-978—997-562-4

     

    INTRODUCTION

    The year 2021 marks the beginning of a promising decade for Africa. In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, the continent continues to be home to seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies. Ours is a continent that has continued to give birth to beautiful and inspirational stories in spite of difficult circumstances. It is on this basis that the Association for the Promotion of African Studies on 25th May 2021 had her Annual International Conference on the theme: African Ideologies and Innovative Trends and Advances: Honouring the Past and Shaping the Future.

    The 2021 International Conference did not only highlight the triumphs of past years but focused on strategies for tackling forthcoming challenges in the African continent. The collective action of the members of the association as scholars in discussing innovative trends and advances within Africa is representative of the shared energy and excitement around Africa’s academic potential.

    This conference was inspired by a retinue of questions that have bothered the inquisitive minds of the members of APAS and beyond. This book is, therefore, the proceedings of the effort by the members of APAS who took up the challenge to respond to these questions through research.

    The date for the conference, 25th May, which was AFRICA DAY, established by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU) in a bid to enhance change and freedom in Africa, is very significant for the association and the conference. As the association marked this day in a great style, the present work is a part of the ideas generated for greater change and freedom in Africa.

    The present piece titled: African Religion and Culture: Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future: Proceedings of the International Conference of the Association for the Promotion of African Studies on African Ideologies and Innovative Trends and Advances: Honouring the Past and Shaping the Future, 25th May, 2021 is part of the outcome of the conference.

     

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