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From African Civilization to African Civilizations

I agree with Samuel Huntington up until the point he says that there is nothing like African civilization but I sharply disagree with him on the basis upon which he argues against existence of such a civilization. Here is my point of departure: Africa is not one story, it can never be said to be one civilization. Huntington failed to recognize that Africa has a number of civilizations, his failure to see the multiplicity; his obsession with unity that made him think that India has one civilization is his major undoing. I can freely read him about the third wave of democratization in Latin America at the end of the military juntas but I can correct him about Africa. The African story is a complex story; it cannot be unitary. One of the most important mistakes by colonialists is the boundaries that put together totally and completely unrelated Africans. This was a result of Unitarianism kind of thinking based on accidents such as color. It does not mean if they are black, they are the same; they can never be thought that since they are Africans, then they have a common civilization. However, it also does not mean that by having a multiplicity of civilizations, Africans cannot work together. But we must first dismantle the lies and the unworking projects that were created by Unitarianism.
From African Civilization to African Civilizations From African Civilization to African Civilizations Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on May 24, 2016 Rating: 5

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