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African Cultural Values: An Introduction, Moral Values

Summary of Book by Kwame Gyekye, 1996
Published by Sankofa Publishing Co. Ltd (Accra, Ghana)

This essay analysed the moral values that are held in African societies, particularly among the Akan. In this set of values the responsibility to others in considered as the supreme moral principle. To ensure that all members of society adhere to this set of values the society inculcates them early in life. This involves folktales loaded with moral messages. Another major aspect of this work is that although Africans are very religious their moral values do not derive from religion, but rather their experiences.