oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - The African Renaissance process and the significance of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIKS) : meeting the challenges of globalisation in the 21st century

Volume 4 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1684-498X



The current context and realities of the 21st century is such that the world is predicated on knowledge systems and cultural values that are alien and marginalizing to the majority of people of the geo-political South. It is a world in which peoples of the countries of the South are under pressure to divorce themselves from their cultural experience(s) and convert to Westernism. In this relation Africa has to make efforts to reclaim and revitalize its progressive traditional knowledge systems that have sustained its masses from time immemorial. Considering the frictions and tensions about development in Africa the main aim of this essay is to argue for the re-centering of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIKS) as a sociocultural and economic strategy central in the African Renaissance Project. The point we are trying to make in this essay is that, as seen in the situations of Japan and other Asian countries, IKS has a potential to meet the challenges of globalisation in the 21st century.

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