Making a Case for Nigeria’s Unity via an African Indigenous Knowledge System

  • Benson Peter Irabor University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Andrew Onwudinjo University of Lagos, Nigeria


Nigeria is a country endowed with vast natural and human resources but these have yet to transmit meaningfully in the lives of the average Nigerian. Ethnic chauvinism and bigotry, resource-curse, and the worst of all, dearth in commanding leadership have all contributed to the near-poverty status quo that the country is journeying toward. Various efforts, mostly non-African have been put forward to establish grounds or templates for development to be realised. Liberalism, fiscal federalism, regionalism are some of these but the politics of suspicions has made these impossible to be achieved. On this note, this study has decided to explore an indigenous approach that can be applied in the educational sector for full effect without incurring the wrath of politics of suspicion. Through the method of philosophic analysis, this research foregrounds that the philosophy of Harambeeism has the capacity to inform a positive leaning for national unity in Nigeria. This research argues that Harambeeism can serve as a development ground for pedagogy as well as for improved and holistic knowledge that takes cognizance of what is truly African. The submission is that Harambeeism is a philosophy of life which when holistically embraced, projects the ground-changing culture for the reformation of minds and societal re-engineering in achieving integral and sustainable development, especially in Nigeria and African societies at large.

Keywords: Education, Harambeeism, National Unity, Development, African Societies

How to Cite
IRABOR, Benson Peter; ONWUDINJO, Andrew. Making a Case for Nigeria’s Unity via an African Indigenous Knowledge System. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 4, p. 45-57, jan. 2022. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 24 jan. 2022.