African Indigenous Languages and the Advancement of African Philosophy

Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies 12 (5):208-217 (2018)
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The contention raised in this research is to showcase that indigenous African languages are imperative tools in advancing African philosophy and thought. By extension the genuiness and originality of African philosophical thought is best advanced when it is vocalized and transliterated in the mother tongue of the philosopher. When African philosophical thought is done and articulated in language foreign to the philosopher, then that philosophical thought is weakened within the conceptual expression and foundation. It is also contended that, indigenous languages would address perennial problem of inadequacies of languages especially where there are no direct replacement of concept and terms to explain reality and other state of affairs.

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Diana-Abasi Ibanga
University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria


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