Journal of
African Studies and Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Afr. Stud. Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2189
  • DOI: 10.5897/JASD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 238

Table of Content: December 2010; 2(9)

December 2010

The force of charms in Elechi Amadi's “The concubine” and “The great ponds”

        Most often when people speak of fetish, enchantment or spell in traditional African societies, they refer to the inexplicable side of religious beliefs inherited from forebears. There are two kinds of fetishes: negative and positive. The first is a preparation destined to harm the enemy, while the second is concocted in order to heighten the merit of someone or his destiny. The...

Author(s):   Labo Bouche Abdou        

December 2010

The changing philosophy of African marriage: The relevance of the Shona customary marriage practice of Kukumbira

        This paper is a philosophical examination of African forms of marriage, particularly the customary marriage practice of Kukumbira (asking for a bride/woman’s hand in marriage from her parents, but with her informed consent) and adopts the Shona ethnic group of Zimbabwe as a case study. It investigates the perception of the Shona people towards the practice of the customary...

Author(s): Munyaradzi Mawere and Annastacia Mbindi Mawere