It can hardly be gainsaid that the splendour of African history has but received disproportionate
attention in international scholarship on peoples and societies of Africa. A plethora of various
scholarships on the African continent spilled so much ink on unfounded and academically feeble
claims that the history of the Africa is shrouded in darkness. This misleadingly erroneous view about
the African continent, though increasingly losing currency, has unfortunately influenced scholarship
on the origin and philosophy of human rights. This explains therefore, the failure of eurocentric
writers’ to consult or examine the rich tapestry of cultural values of African societies in their
assertions about the origin and philosophy of the modern phenomenon of human rights. However, like
its predecessor, this fallacious academic position has attracted scholarly responses from afro-centric
scholars. Zeleza has noted that the:
western appropriation of human rights does grave intellectual and political disservice to the global
human right discourse and movement. Intellectually it homogenises and oversimplifies the human rights
traditions of both the west and the rest of the world and undermines theoretical advances that can come
from serious and sustained intra and inter-cultural comparisons and conversations.
Thesis (LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa)) -- University of Pretoria, 2010.
A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law University of Pretoria, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Masters of Law (LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa). Prepared under the supervision of Prof. Babcar Kante of the Faculty of Law, University of Gaston Berger, Saint Louis, Senegal. 2010.