Original Research - Special Collection: Engaging Development

Engaging the religiocultural quest in development: An African indigenous perspective

Rose Mary Amenga-Etego
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3502 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3502 | © 2016 Rose Mary Amenga-Etego | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 May 2016 | Published: 28 October 2016

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Rose Mary Amenga-Etego, Department for the study of Religions, University of Ghana, Ghana


The intertwining nature of African life and livelihood is a considerable challenge to the discourse of development. In as much as the view on unlocking both the spiritual and physical dimensions of life in developmental endeavours is frowned upon, contemporary exploration into indigenous knowledge systems as an alternative discourse of development does not simply transform the dialogue but posits it as a discourse of power. This article examines the interplay between indigenous beliefs and knowledge systems and the discourse of development, with a focus on the Nankani in the Upper East Region of Ghana.


African Indigenous Religions; Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Nankani; Development; Development Discourse and Power Relations


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