SPIRITUALITY, RELIGION AND LANGUAGE

A VIABLE MECHANISM FOR EVOLVING AUTHENTIC AFRICAN IDENTITY.

  • Idris Bida
Keywords: Spirituality, Religion, Language, Culture, Identity

Abstract

The call for evolution of authentic African identity can be described to mean the call for the development of a new, modern African civilization with its own values and its own validity. This crusade suggests in the opinion of scholars in the study of African philosophy either that the Africans once had identity but lost it or later denied, or that the Africans never had one. Africans do have identity but contemporary realities suggest a vivid dilemma of identity for the Africans most especially for the Africans in the diaspora. Many African languages have been victims of their external histories. Their external history consists of colonialism, independence, globalization, Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Others are inter-tribal wars, ethnic subjugation, government language policies and tyranny of geo-political location. This paper traces the origin of the problem and the search for authentic African identity. It explores language as an effective springboard for the development of the re-emergent African civilization. It further advocates the development of native African languages –a condition sine qua non. It concludes that the foundation for the survival of Africans as a people lies in the reconstruction of African's spiritual, religious, language and cultural identity.

Published
2020-01-31