I have decided to write a series of articles that will focus on the values of African culture. General issues like group identity, inclusion, importance of language, sense of community, respect for elders and authorities. Values that are distinct to the continent.
As a cross cultural interaction enthusiast, I like to read widely about intercultural communication and interaction. So I picked up a really great book a few months ago- When cultures collide by Richard Lewis. Its a well written book with great indepth insight into different cultures of the world. The foreword describes it as ‘An authoritative roadmap to navigating the world’s economy’. It covers more than 60 countries but gives hardly any information about African culture. In fact, unlike the other continents, divided into different countries with descriptions for each, Sub Saharan Africa is kind of clumped into just one section. Its a great book. It just doesnt have enough info about African values and culture. I noted this, and decided to do something about it, nomatter how seemingly smaller in stature.
The series will be useful for the aafrican diaspora,people of African descent, for friends of Africa, for people who will one day visit this beautiful continent and will find this information useful in interactions and social dynamics. It most certainly helps to have an inkling of knowledge about certain aspects of African culture.
This series will be more informative than a prescriptive . Its just a discussion of the African values passed on from generations of years gone by. These values may be true for other parts of the world too. I acknowledge too the differences that exist between African countries but also acknowledge the general values shared across the continent.Looking forward to the series!
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