Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 1994

Egbeke Aja
Pages 1-8

Time and Space in African (Igbo) Thought

This paper is an attempt to articulate an African (Igbo) conception of space and time. Igbo terms and phrases are explained in light of their traditional, non-European cultural and linguistic background. Care is taken to present a distinctively African account, not a neo-colonial one. The African conceptions of space and time account for some African beliefs and practices regarding causality, including such widely misunderstood phenomena as divination, the “medicine man,” and “magic.”