The African Conscientization

1192 WordsMay 7, 20165 Pages
The African Conscientization is a term that is commonly used in when summing up the struggles that the African continent has gone through up to date. The struggles to achieve, social, political, economic, and democratic space are well documented in some of the African states, starting from the early eras of colonial rule till after independence. The philosophy of consciencism was first introduced by the former Ghanaian president, Kwame Nkrumah. Conscientization often referred to as critical consciousness, refers to the process of learning to perceive social, economic, and political contradictions, and ensure that there is opposition to harsh elements that may hinder the progress in the three fronts. After most of the African nations got independence from the colonial rulers after the second half of the 20th century, there was the need to establish social, political, and economic structures to precipitate meaningful development of stable, cohesive, and functional governments. Even after independence, most African states are still in the continuous struggle for liberation from their colonial masters through their various treaties that are binding up to date. The process of liberation required praxis, that is, theory and action. The African continent is still in that struggle to achieve meaningful stability and hope for better future. The withdrawal of the colonial masters did not necessarily guarantee a better future. After independence, most African countries underwent

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