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Coping Strategies in African Cultural Practice

Authored by: Kwesi Yankah

The Handbook of Communication in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138892095
eBook ISBN: 9781315709321
Adobe ISBN: 9781317485605

10.4324/9781315709321.ch15

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Abstract

The notion that civilization must come from abroad pervaded Africa at the dawn of Ghana’s independence, as was made clear in the expositions of clergy men of the Gold Coast, like Attoh Ahuma, who though proud of African culture, saw in westernization the way out of the darkest Africa. “The impenetrable jungle around us, he said is not darker than the primeval forest of the human mind uncultured” (Ahuma, 1911, p. 11). Thus Africa had to emerge from the savage backwoods and come into the open where nations were made (Davidson, 1992, p. 39).

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