PHILOSOPHY AND THE QUEST FOR LEADERSHIP – Ogugua, Paul I.

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INTRODUCTION

It is not uncommon and unusual for a people as diverse and extensive as Africa to burn much time and waste much ink in the bid to deliberate over some issues of import which will help them grow and place themselves better in the map of the world. It is imperative at this period of time, as Africa is now at cross-roads in virtually all aspects of life, to vigorously, perceptively and painstakingly address the challenge posed by leadership.
The failures of development in Africa have been attributed to a litany of factors colonialism, military interventions, ethnicism, nepotism, neocolonialism etc.
It looks like there is consensus that it is ineptitude of the leadership. Achebe Chinua (1983) held that “the trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.»
Ogugua opined it is misplacement of values. Okolo, C.B. (1994) held it is squandermania mentality. Abubu (1986) opined that there is increasing concern regarding effective management in Africa. Why? It is because it is the problem.
Failure of leadership has become more evident with the passing of the years. African nations have declined continuously in all the basic indicators of national development. African nations instead of remaining within the sphere of developing nations have nose-dived with full strength into the zone of undeveloping nations.
The primary responsibility of leadership is to have a vision and a mission such as to see to the achievement of her goals for the actualization of the common good. There is need for visionary, qualified, good leadership in Africa for a new orientation and a new society, it is the onus of this paper to see how philosophy which is ‘love of wisdom’, a science of things through their ultimate causes – “scientia rerum per ultimas causas” will help in developing of servant leaders in Africa for the actualization of the common good, it will look at the African condition, develop a theoretical perspective, look at what the social scientists say, philosophy in the context of African leadership and then run our conclusion.

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