International Journal of Arts and Humanities

ISSN 2360-7998

“How to...and not to understand democracy: towards an African consensual theory”

Abstract While democracy has triumphed as the political system of choice in post-independence Africa, it is showing an increasing degree of popular disaffection. Resultantly, the average citizen is feeling estranged from the political process and the more-or-less permanent political class. There is an urgent need to not only confront the rough and tumble of democratic practice but also to provide a profound sense of what democracy is all about. I argue in this paper that some of the approaches to what passes as democracy, particularly in modern Africa, are causing a crisis in its meaning, hence the current state of disaffection. This phenomenon necessitates a redefinition of democracy to establish its African context or instance.

Keywords: Democracy, African Consensual theory