THE DIALECTICS OF AFRI-ZEALOTISM
IN EKWURU’S RE-ARTICULATION OF AFRICAN VALUES
Afri-zealotism as a concept was coined by Ekwuru E. G. not as an abstract term for an abstract reality rather an articulation of a practical reality hence he would say; “it is a word that arose in the dawning of the African self-understanding within a situation of abandonment and need. The African knocked down by series of tragic events of his particular history suddenly recognized himself in such a situation and decides to rise up and claim an upright posture and status as a human being in the landscape of humanity”7. As an action born-word, it is a term of decision, it is a decisive and energetic cum radical gyration and migration back to Africanness with an unutterable zeal and passion. Afri-zealotism is therefore defined as an all-encompassing and unflinching zealous and passionate love for Africa and everything African in the right sense of the term. Hence, it is a redefinition of Africanity and African reality. It is a concept designating the African existence as self-actualization through the process of zealotization.