A Challenge to African Christianity: Human Dignity Stance of Umunna Solidarity in Igbo Traditional Society
Respect for human dignity is the pivot of social justice. The pre-colonial Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria had already established what comprises the foundation of a peaceful society before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was published in 1948. They imbued the umunna solidarity with human dignity norms. Umunna is a group of brothers who were born into an androgynous linage. Individuals are forgotten as individuals outside of the community in this social setup, resulting in the famous cliché, “umunna is power.” This social arrangement safeguards the environment. prevents people from being dehumanized. The monarch and the subjects alike, everyone who belongs to the umunna receives the same treatment here. Human rights and dignity become collective property in this situation. The contact and engagement of Igbo people with Western Christianity, however, has resulted in the loss of this immaculate social order. Individualism has resulted in the vitiation of human rights and dignity of humans as a result of the overwhelming repercussions. As a result, following a comprehensive examination of the entire landscape, this article concludes that Christianity, Despite its historical association with the Igbo people, it has yet to establish a deep root and, as a result, should not be consulted on critical issues concerning Igbo life and existence. As a result, it proposes African Christianity as a primary method for Christianity to become relevant in Africa and among Africans, with other traditional ideals of human dignity, community living, and social solidarity of the Igbo umunna. African Christianity must meet the problem of maintaining a high level of objectivity in its members’ religious practices.
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Clement I. Osunwokeh
Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
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