n African Journal of Rhetoric - The rhetoric of diplomacy and implications for making the world safe for diversity

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1998-2054


The idea of ubuntu as a humanist position on society can stimulate useful meditations on what it means to be human in the modern world haunted by colonial humanism that permitted slavery, colonialism and exploitation. It, thus, can enable Africans, the worst affected by the coloniality of western modernity as it spread to the world after 1490, to contribute to making the world safe for diversity, as Mandela put it. In the field of international relations among states in which African states have limited sovereignty and constrained agency due to the colonial matrices of power that underpin the modern world system, ubuntu belongs to the set of ethics and values designed to decolonise humanity and the world. In its 2011 White Paper on International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa proposes to advance international relations underpinned by ubuntu diplomacy. This article reflects on this in order to suggest that though not fully understood by government, this new rhetoric has deep meaning for the struggle for the birth of a new, fairer, just and humane world order marked by prosperity for all.

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