The Place of Africa in Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations’: A Philosophical Probe

Research areas: Year: 2015
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Africa, Civilization, and Clash of Civilizations
  • Nwinya, Stephen Chijioke
Journal: Journal of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Volume: 5
Number: 2 Pages: 24-35
Month: December
Samuel P. Huntington in his Clash of Civilizations denies African civilization actual existence but accords it a mere potential existence. This seems, perhaps, a reenactment of the denigration of the African of the past which was concocted as justification of the historical anomalies of slavery and colonization in Africa and thus reminds African intellectuals and their non-African sympathizers of the battle hitherto adjudged fought and won, namely, whether or not Africa has contributed to civilization. However a critical analysis of Huntington’s claim vis-à-vis the situation of Africa today demonstrates that Africa today cannot boast of any civilization in Huntington’s sense of the term. This leads to the conclusion that Huntington’s claim is, rather that castigation and denigration, a wakeup call to Africans to fast-track evolution of authentic African civilization