n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Revisiting African hospitality in post-colonial Africa

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



Post-colonial Africa has something to learn from ancient African religiosity as expressed in African hospitality. In turn, it is critical to appreciate that ancient hospitality in Africa, where injury to one was literally injury to all members of the community and the joy or the fear of one was seen as everyone's concern, seems to be disappearing. The paper revisits this African hospitality, in a summarized form and reflects on it, in order to assess its potential contribution to post-colonial Africa. In the face of traditional African hospitality having been affected by current trends, this paper attempts to show that there is need for more study into African hospitality, as with African religion - as they both permeate all aspects of African life. In the light of globalisation, it is essential to assess whether there is any authentic contribution that African hospitality can make to the rest of the world.

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