1st Edition

Gender, African Philosophies, and Concepts

    252 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume sets out to explore, propose, and generate feminist theories based on African indigenous philosophies and concepts. It investigates specific philosophical and ethical concepts that emerge from African indigenous religions and considers their potential for providing feminist imagination for social justice-oriented earth communities. The contributions examine African indigenous concepts such as Ubuntu, ancestorhood, trickster discourse, Mupo, Akwaaba, Tukumbeng, Eziko, storytelling, and Ngozi . They look to deconstruct oppressive social categories of gender, class, ethnicity, race, colonialism, heteronormativity, and anthropocentricism. The book will be of interest to scholars of religion, philosophy, gender studies, and African studies.

    List of Contributors


    Chammah J. Kaunda

    Introduction:  the philosophical and ethical ways of African women

    Telesia K. Musili

    Part I Gender, the living, the dead, and conceptual theories

    1 Ancestorhood, gender, and justice-loving earth community

    Tshenolo Jennifer Madigele

    2 Ngozi (the justice-seeking spirit) as a form of restorative justice among the Shona people of Zimbabwe: a critical analysis of Emmanuel Francis Ribeiro’s novel Muchadura (You shall confess), 1967

    Enna Sukutai Gudhlanga and Patience Yeukai Museruka

    3 Vavenda philosophy of mupo: incorporating aspects of aesthetics and Romanticism

    Yvonne Winfildah Takawira-Matwaya

    Part II Gender, philosophy, and ethics of hospitality

    4 Ubuntu and gender: on building justice-loving communal spaces

    Excellent Chireshe

    5 In the akwaaba space: gender and religion in the welcome space

    Rev. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah

    Part III Gender, ethics, and philosophies of resistance

    6 When the subaltern speaks: reading the Mmutle (Hare) way

    Musa W. Dube

    7 Anowa: continuing our conversations for liberation

    Abena Kyere

    8 Takumbeng embodied arts of resistance in Cameroon

    Alice Yahfeh-Deigh

    Part IV Gender, sage spaces, and ways of knowing and being

    9 Eziko: storying space, gender, and knowledge construction

    Nobuntu Penxa-Matholeni and Musa W. Dube

    10 Women and shrines in African indigenous religion: a case study of the Shona in Zimbabwe

    Silindiwe Zvingowanisei

    11 Imbusa as a sacred space and the role of banachimbusa as spiritual leaders

    Lilian C. Siwila & Sylvia K. Mukuka

    Part V Gender, ethics, and African political philosophy

    12 The Kgotla space: African political philosophy, gender, and community building in the public space

    Abel Tabalaka and Kenosi Molato

    13 Gender (in)justice in the political philosophy of Julius Nyerere

    Dogara Ishaya Manomi

    14 The Afrocentric-Womanist Paradigm

    Seyram B. Amenyedzi


    Musa W. Dube, the William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of the New Testament, is a Humboldtian awardee (2011) and winner of the Gutenberg Teaching Award (2017) biblical scholar based at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, USA. Dube is also Professor Extraordinaire of the Institute of Gender Studies, UNISA.

    Telesia K. Musili is Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Nairobi.

    Sylvia Owusu-Ansah is Dean of the School of Theology at Perez University College, Pomades, Winneba, Ghana. She is also Head Pastor of Revival Temple, Perez Chapel Int., La, Accra, Ghana.