Ibrahim B. Anoba
Ibrahim B. Anoba is an African classical liberal. He obtained his BSc Political Science from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria. It was there he developed interest in African political economy, political philosophy and libertarianism. He has published articles and research papers on issues such as migration, foreign aid and African philosophy with frequent commentaries on contemporary African political economy. Since 2014, Ibrahim has worked with libertarian organizations in promoting ideas for a freer Africa among students and young entrepreneurs from West Africa. He continues his quest to reignite ideas of liberty and human dignity enshrined in traditional African life.
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Journal of Liberty and International Affairs | Vol. 3, No. 1 | May 2017
Ibrahim B. Anoba
The persistent resentment towards classical liberal principles especially individualism and free market in contemporary Africa, represents an outcome of decades of ambush against the ideology despite its clear connections with traditional African philosophy and relevance to the prosperity of modern African states. This work attempts to draw comparisons between social and economic organisation in traditional Africa and classical liberal principles. Contrary to literatures that portray the community as the real and only end in traditional African societies, elements like free trade; market economy; consensus; anarchy and limited governance negates this position. While tracing the cause of Africa’s cling to socialism and communism, this paper presents an ideological transition from pre-colonialism to nationalist and post-independent Africa. It concludes by demystifying the arguments of individualism as antithetical to African morality. It also justified the inevitability of classical liberal principles in modern Africa.
Classical Liberalism; African Humanism; Ubuntu; Individualism; African Morality; Free Market

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