New Wine in an Old Bottle?

The Critique of Eurocentrism in Marimba Ani’s Yurugu
  • Stephen C. FergusonII
Part of the African American Philosophy and the African Diaspora book series (AAPAD)


The Afrocentric critique of Eurocentrism initiated by Molefi Asante is greatly expanded by Marimba Ani (Dona Richards). Her monumental work Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and behavior offers a systematic African-centered critique of Eurocentrism. It is—by far—the most prodigious presentation of the Afrocentric worldview. To say the least, Yurugu is a massive undertaking with ten chapters covering close to 600 pages. Since its publication in January 1994 by Africa World Press, it is probably to date one of the most widely read tomes among Afrocentrists; it is considered to be an underground bible for the Afrocentric movement. Ani engages in a guerilla raid on the fortress of European Reason. She presents what appears to be a comprehensive critique of Western (European) intellectual history and culture.1 Ani seeks to formulate a counter-hegemonic discourse, which will liberate Africana people from “European intellectual imperialism” and lead to “authentic self-determination.”2


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