Religious Approaches as Remedy to Violence in Africa
Nyandoro, Kefa Obondi
Nyabwari, Bernard Gechiko
Katola, Michael T.
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Violence is one of the causes of underdevelopment in Africa. Specifically, politically instigated violence in Africa has undermined social, economic, political and spiritual developments. This paper explains the route causes and consequences of violence in Africa. It investigates historical and present approaches to mitigate violence. The study singles out divisive, bigoted and myopic politics as principal causes of violence. The paper further suggests strategies African countries can use to end violence in order to have a united, peaceful and an integrated continent. Findings suggest that visionary, humane and selfless leadership well explained in the African Ubuntu Philosophy which recognizes the rule of law is paramount to realization of Africa’s hope and dream. The church which is a moral conscious voice of the society in this paper is portrayed as the key player in advocating peace, love and unity in collaboration with peacekeeping organizations within and without Africa. Data for this study were collected purposively through oral interviews with African scholars, leaders, sociologists, clergy and politicians from selected countries. Analyzed data discussed in this paper deduces that there is hope to restore the lost glory of Africa.