African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 192

Full Length Research Paper

Cultivation of positive cultural values and practices: A blueprint for African development

  Opafola S. Olayinka
Philosophy Department, Faculty of Arts, Olabisi Onabanjo University, P.M.B.2002, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria.  
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  •  Accepted: 04 December 2009
  •  Published: 31 December 2009



This paper investigates the influence of culture on development within the context of cultural values and practices in African societies. It limits its searchlight to the communal stage of African development. It operates on the assumption that a dialectical relationship exists between the past, the present and the future. It supposes that a faithful consideration of the merits and demerits of past events can serve as a compass for the navigation of present and future events. The paper tries to provide answers to the following questions, among others: Why is it necessary to hold and promote positive cultural values and practices? What are the causes and consequences of frustrations, tensions and conflicts, among other developmental problems prevalent in Africa? What are the solutions to the problems? The paper recommends some solutions. It then submits that the cultivation and sustenance of positive cultural values and practices can promote African positive development.


Key words: Culture, values, practices, Africa, development, blueprint.