Africa : Etats usés, miracles ordinaires de Richard Dowden
The self-made man does not exist in Africa. If the motto of Europe is individualism: "I think therefore I am", Africa's would be communalism: " I relate, therefore I am". In Zulu there is a saying: "One is a person through others", or as John Mbiti, the Kenyan theologian, put it:
" I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am."
Africans know who is family and know where they come in it, both vertically and horizontally . A man without a family is no-one. He is nothing.