Judith Ngihbi, Maraizu Elechi (PhD)


This paper is an emphasis on the philosophical foundation of marriage in relation to the African philosophy of Ubuntu. It provides background information on the African Ubuntu ideology and its value in marriage. The understanding of the idea of Ubuntu as an African philosophy is that it emphasizes the being of self through others. It is a form of humanism that advocates the importance of “weism” which finds expression in the saying "I am because of who we are." This is the goal of every human being, to engage in and be a part of his community. People must be seen as being an essential component of the overall community. In this way, being married to someone makes one irrevocably linked to that family and the community: an experience in which one’s life is being joined with another from a different family. It entails a dedication to people and the community and acting in their best interests. Adopting the analytical method, this paper conclude that the philosophy of Ubuntu can be applied to a variety of issues, including marriage with the aim of achieving a successful marriage anchored on positive human values like mutual respect, dignity, caring, sharing, love, empathy, sympathy, and kindness towards others. These are necessary for peace, unity, cooperation, and the development of society.


Marriage, Ubuntu, Humanism, Community, Philosophy.

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