International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

THE ROLE OF TRADITIONAL SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN AFRICA
AKPOMUVIE, ORHIOGHENE, BENEDICT

Abstract
The main thrust of this paper, is that Africa needs to work out technological system that is economically efficient as well as appropriate to her environment. Besides identifying the nature of technology, the paper argued that prior to the advent of the Europeans and Arabs, remarkable technological innovations were made by pre-colonial Africans in traditional iron, wood and ivory working as well as in cloth weaving, pottery and indigenous drugs development. It further argued that successive governments in Africa, especially Nigeria, have continued to encourage (though inadvertently) the decline of indigenous technology through the uninhibited importation of all forms of foreign technology without local inputs. This has generated over time, a culture of wholesomely imported technology which is intrinsically unviable within the culture and environment of the African society. The paper however, recommended that researchers and other technical experts must find time to develop research proposals that seek to up-grade our indigenous skills. More importantly Africans should rededicate themselves to pursue vigorously and realistically, the processes of cultural synthesis and hybridization of the host culture and the guest culture in the sphere of science and technology.

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