Social Sciences & Psychology

Social Sciences & Psychology

Xenophobic Prejudice in Africa: Cultural Diplomacy as a panacea to the Deteriorating Inter-African Relations

Pages: 24  ,  Volume: 40  ,  Issue: 1 , November   2019
Received: 11 Nov 2019  ,  Published: 17 November 2019
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Authors

# Author Name
1 Awosusi, Oladotun Emmanuel
2 Fatoyinbo, Francis Olabode

Abstract

Xenophobic prejudice is a generic challenge that is not new in Africa. It started during the colonial times and became more evident in the last decade of colonialism in the continent with the 1954 and 1958 deportations of African migrants from Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire respectively. The post-independence xenophobic prejudice in Africa started specifically with the 1964 expulsion in Cote D’Ivoire and continues to spread increasingly like wildfire across the continent, and today it has taken a more violent dimension, particularly in South Africa. With the growing trend of the xenophobic violence, the united African rhetoric is beginning to take a shift as most African nations are becoming intolerant of fellow African migrants for acclaimed socio-economic reasons. By implication, the African continent has become an object of ridicule in the international community as inter-African relations are now labeled with diverse kind of diplomatic spats. Hence, this paper seeks to research into the causes of this menace beyond the acclaimed socio-economic reasons and as well proffer cultural diplomacy initiatives ( which allows people-to-people interaction) as a soft power instrument of African states foreign policy to plaster the cracked walls of inter-African states relations for continental peace.

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