n Ubuntu : Journal of Conflict and Social Transformation - Ubuntu and nature : towards reversing resource curse in Africa

Volume 8 Number Special Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2078-760X
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4950



Africa is a continent that nature has bestowed with inestimably vast amount of resources. The sad story about the continent is that, it is a paradox of rich continent and poor people. In many of Africa's resource-rich countries, resource endowment has not led to development of such countries, rather it has helped to worsen governance and created violence between the people and the state and among the people themselves. This paper advances Ubuntu as tendering nature with the ability to provide resources for improving quality of life of the people. Ubuntu is an African philosophy that extols human qualities of brotherliness, compassion and generosity towards one another. The paper argues that existing policy frameworks for natural resource governance are not equipped with values of caring and sharing that stands Ubuntu out as viable philosophical guide for Africa. This is responsible for African leaders' and policy makers' abuse of resource abundance in the continent. Despite the fact that Africa is home to 30% of world's resources, the reality in the continent is that of economic malaise and social and political crisis. It notes further that in the continent, absence of Ubuntu as guiding philosophy accounts for the inconsiderate operations of Multinational Corporations aided by their African comprador agents. The paper adopts qualitative research design with reliance on data from secondary sources to project its positions. The paper advocates that natural resource governance in Africa should be based on the philosophy of Ubuntu as it will remind Africans once again of their cordial relationship with nature as a provider of wealth for all. The paper concludes that reversing resource curse in Africa requires Africans to rethink the exploitative use of nature and governance of natural resources in order to change the gory narrative of poverty on riches by Africans.

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