Title

Omenala: Toward an African-centered ecophilosophy and political ecology

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Black Studies

Publication Date

2018

Date Added

2022-04-12

Abstract

This article seeks to contribute to the reconstruction of an African-centered ecophilosophy and political ecology. Employing Cheikh Anta Diop’s theory of African cultural unity, it considers the Ndi Igbo philosophy Omenala, its paradigmatic implications for Africana studies, and its capacity to demonstrate the continuity of indigenous African socioecological praxis cross culturally. In addition, it explores the relevance of Omenala to the development of an authentic social history of African people and as a theory to analyze contemporary problems in the African world. Three key issues are addressed. First, the article accounts for the absence of ecological theory within Africana studies. Second, it explicates the cultural and philosophical basis for an African-centered ecophilosophy and political ecology. Third, it envisions new approaches and areas of inquiry within Africana studies.

Keywords

Civil Rights, Climate

Disciplines

African American Studies | Geography | History | Political Science

Publisher

SAGE Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA

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