What does citizenship require of Africans, or what do Africans require of citizenship?

Oche Onazi

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he widespread model of citizenship tends to prioritise its legal and political character at the expense of its ethical and moral character to the extent that, although many African citizens sufficiently understand the vertical obligations required of the concept, they do not sufficiently understand the horizontal obligations also required of it. This accounts for, although not entirely, the deep-seated problems of social, economic, cultural and political exclusions in many contemporary African political communities that, I argue, cannot be sufficiently addressed without a model of citizenship that gives primacy to the ethical and moral obligations between one citizen and another. I further argue that such ethical and moral obligations may be realised through an African-inspired legal theory or philosophy of citizenship that could offer the capacity to nurture citizens to mutually recognise the equal humanity and dignity of one another.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Colloquium Epistemologies of the South
Subtitle of host publicationSouth-South, South-North and North-South Global Learnings – Proceedings
EditorsBoaventura De Sousa Santos, Teresa Cunha
Place of PublicationCoimbra
PublisherCentro de estudos sociais
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789899584051
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


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