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Integral Community Enterprise in Africa

Communitalism as an Alternative to Capitalism, 1st Edition

By Anselm Adodo

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At a time of global economic crisis and disillusionment with capitalism, Adodo offers refreshing and positive insight into a more integral way of business management, enterprise and community development as well as holistic healing in Africa. For over three decades, Africa was the recipient of billions of dollars in aid funds that were meant to catapult the continent from undeveloped to developed status. Yet the more the aid poured in, the poorer African countries became.

The devastating effect of western economic models in Africa that followed is well documented. Integral Community Enterprise in Africa exposes the limitations of existing theories, such as capitalism, socialism and communism, and shows how western theories were imposed on Africa. Such imposition of concepts and ideas is not only demeaning but also unsustainable, serving only the interest of the elite.

Father Anselm Adodo argues for the need to have a southern theory to serve as an alternative to western theories. The majority of African intellectuals and activists, while criticizing existing theories, often do not provide alternative theories to address the prevalent inadequacies entrenched in conventional social, political and economic systems. This revolutionary book aims to address this lapse and proposes the theory of communitalism as a more indigenous, sustainable and integral approach to tackling the social, political, economic and developmental challenges of today’s Africa. There is an African alternative to capitalism, socialism and communism – a surer path to sustainable development in and from Africa.

This is a book that is positioned at the very core of a much needed African Renaissance. A profoundly new approach to development in Africa, this is essential reading for anyone concerned with authentic development in Africa and in the world.

Reviews

‘A work of genius with high reflective ambience, originality and vision, requiring a major restructuring of our epistemological armament. A must read for intellectuals of all descents seeking to achieve multicultural reach through transcultural disciplinary approach.’ — Prof. G.O Ozumba, Centre for Integrative Humanism, University of Calabar, Nigeria

‘Anselm Adodo proposes communitalism as an indigenous, sustainable and integral approach to tackling the developmental challenges of contemporary Africa. This book documents a personal and community journey, but it’s relevance is universal.’ — Dr. Edward Paice, Director, Africa Research Institute, London, UK

‘Communitalism is based on the premise that all humans, communities and nations must seek solutions to their problems from within. Adodo demonstrates this by the successful experiments conducted in a rural community in Nigeria. The key strength of communitalism is that it can be replicated anywhere. Africa is in dire need of such a theory originating from Africa.’ — Prof. Ohioma Pogoson, Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

‘In modern times we are looking for an integral vision of our world and the human being after the unity has fallen apart: East and West, North and South, individual and community, science and spirituality and economics. Father Anselm Adodo, known for his research in traditional herbal medicine, is presenting a new integral vision, the theory of Communitalism. This is true African Wisdom, enriching the other cultures of this globe.’ — Notker Wolf, O.S.B., Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Order, Rome, Italy

‘An intellectually brilliant and elegantly argued theory for all who wish to understand Africa and its stunted economic growth and development. Adodo presents refreshing and home-grown pathways to holistic development in Africa.’ — Samuel Etatuvie, Director-General, Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency, Nigeria

‘A profoundly new approach to development in Africa: a must read for anyone concerned with authentic development around the world. A book that is positioned at the very core of a much needed African Renaissance.’ — Prof. Alexander Schieffer, Co-founder, Trans4m Centre for Integral Development, Geneva, Switzerland

'Anselm Adodo goes to the heart of the matter – resilient societies build on resilient communities. Resilient communities allow individuals to flourish and bring out their full creativity. If we are to move from collective stupidity to collective wisdom, we need to listen to the wisdom of those who care. This is a book not just for Africa, but for the world.' — Kosha Anja Joubert, CEO Global Ecovillage Network

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

About the Author

Foreword

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

Introduction

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO THE INTEGRAL JOURNEY

1: Overview of my research trajectory

PART II: ORIGINATION OF RESEARCH: RESEARCH METHOD

2: My subjective inner call: the emotive researcher

3: My objective outer challenge: how I expressed my inner desire in confronting concrete challenges in my society

PART III: CONTEXT: PHENOMENOLOGY

4: Uncovering imbalances in my context: a description of Ewu Community, Paxherbal and St Benedict Monastery

5: Unravelling missing depths: my contextual transformational topography

PART IV: CO-CREATION

6: Emancipatory critique: introduction to feminism in an African context

7: Towards a true Pax Africana: communitalism as an approach to health, community and enterprise in Ewu, Edo State, Nigeria

PART V: CONTRIBUTION AND TRANSFORMATION

8: Participatory action research in an African context: the case of Ewu village, Edo State, Nigeria

9: Cooperative inquiry in an African context: the case of Paxherbal and ACIRD

PART VI: DISTILLATION AND CONCLUSION OF THE INTEGRAL JOURNEY

CHAPTER 10: CARE-ing for Nigeria: towards an integral university in Africa

Index

About the Author

Anselm Adodo, OSB is the founder and director of Nigeria’s foremost herbal research institute, the Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories. He is a prominent advocate of African herbal medicine research, indigenous knowledge systems, rural community development, health policy reform and transformation of education in Africa.

About the Series

Transformation and Innovation

This series on enterprise transformation and social innovation comprises a range of books informing practitioners, consultants, organization developers, development agents and academics how businesses and other organizations, as well as the discipline of economics itself, can and will have to be transformed. The series prepares the ground for viable twenty-first century enterprises and a sustainable macroeconomic system. A new kind of R & D, involving social, as well as technological innovation, needs to be supported by integrated and participative action research in the social sciences. Focusing on new, emerging kinds of public, social and sustainable entrepreneurship originating from all corners of the world and from different cultures, books in this series will help those operating at the interface between enterprise and society to mediate between the two and will help schools teaching management and economics to re-engage with their founding principles.

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