Embracing Our Heritage | African Identity in the Modern Era | Dr. Faith Nwaobia


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"Who you are is what makes you special. Don't change for anyone. Maintain your identity, that matters most." - Dr. Anil Kumar Sinha The typical African appears to be always at the receiving end - receiving aid and content to only consume what the rest of the world produces. Some posit that this may be a case of inferiority complex created by experiences that have robbed many of us of the pride we ought to take in our heritage. We often seek validation from the rest of the world.

Our sense of worth is defined by how much we have embraced other cultures, memorized the history of other people groups, mastered foreign languages and the likes. Our appetite for anything from "abroad" never seems to be satiated. In this edition of Iwineti Africa we asked poignant questions about our identity as Africans. Is there any originality left in us? Do we have anything significant to offer the world? Are we excluding ourselves from the global village square by calling for local content? Does it even make sense to talk about an "African Identity"?

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