A Critique of Okolo’s Notion of African Communitarianism
Keywords:Communitarianism, Africa, being-with, African-life, ethical responsibility
It has been argued that the African life is best described as communitarian and thus different from the western life which tends towards individualism. This African communitarian lifestyle is what Okolo designates with the term, ‘being-with’. It is a socio-ontological attitudinal disposition that portrays the interconnectedness of reality in the African worldview. But today, factors have emerged which lead to the emergence of strands of communitarianism; hence this paper sets out to interrogate Okolo’s version of communitarianism. However, the problem associated with Okolo’s communitarianism ranges from the question and security of the rights and freedom of individuals, imposition of the term ‘African’ to non-Africans, etc. Nonetheless, the thesis of this paper is that communitarianism best describes the African life. Expectations from this paper are exposition of both the strengths and weaknesses of Okolo’s thesis, a new communitarian conception that allows the individual rights and freedom. The methods adopted are critical, content analysis and hermeneutics.