Kelechi Onyeka Ezeani, Ogochukwu Okpokwasili


The question of identity in contemporary Africa has been an age long issue bothering the Africans, and recently with the upsurge of the issue of xenophobic attack in South Africa, it contradicts the effort of most Africans clamouring for African identity which has denied Africans the ‘authentic existence’ after their encounter with colonization. Africans and their leaders in the twenty-first century has not learnt anything from their past mistakes, the African continent as a whole has no particular country that can be said to be among the first-world country despite their natural resources, almost if not all the countries in Africa is still underdeveloped or among the third world countries. Most scholars still blame the Europeans as part of the problems that has engulfed Africans on this note the research tries to clear the wrong notion that Europeans are responsible for our attendant woe, which most African leaders blames the western world. For Africa to be rigged of all these problems befalling the continent, African leaders need urgent attention to identity crises in Africa and immediate reformation needs to be executed and their copy cat mentality of western system should be focused on the interest and benefit of all not for the benefit of the ruling class without having the interest of their citizens. The researcher concludes that before the issue of African identity can be handled, Africans needs to solve the problem of leadership, which is the only viable option to prevent further upsurge of xenophobic attack in other African countries.  


Philosophical Investigation, African Identity, Contemporary Africa, Identity Crises, Way Forward

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