Thursday, July 21, 2022

Re: [External] Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Wariboko, Adeshina Afolayan and Demosophy.pdf

Brother Michael:

Your own brief but very sound "Wow" rejoinder prompted me, as a life-time member of the Association of Global South Studies (AGSS), to re-visit its Spring 2022 issue of its refereed Journal JGSS Journal to take a peep at Distinguished Professor Nimi Wariboko's Demosophy piece on the Great Philosophical One: Adeshina Afolayan!

In fact, the section of the brilliant and very well-analyzed JGSS piece that gladdened my heart most was a part of footnote #85: "On the whole, Afolayan's books and essays are always properly philosophically conceptualized, well rooted in historical analyses, and accented by rigorous social science discourse. His scholarship is truly interdisciplinary." This truism made me sit up and smile at the crucial fact that all disciplines seem to be rooted in our own old "history", especially if his books and essays are "well rooted in historical analyses". In the end, it dawned on me that it does seem that it is still glorious to be a historian, as our tool is used in basically most analytical spectrums! 😂

Great Scholars --the Afolayans, Waribokos, Falolas, et al -- keep up the Green and White Flag flying at full mast or speed!

A.B. Assensoh.

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Wow!

Thanks, Nimi Wariboko, for this quality appraisal and presentation of a quality intellectual in our circle, Adeshina Afolayan. I know Adeshina as "a brother of mine from another womb," a euphemism for acknowledging him as my namesake but no relationship. I know him as a serious scholar and deep thinker, and an extraordinary human-being with a generous heart and friendly persona. But never have I had the opportunity to see the depth of his contribution to the epistemology of African philosophy, a body of knowledge which is deeply rooted in his sound academic training and a unique but apparent intuitive, solid home-grown intellection that surpasses the two-by-four model of the knowledge base. By "two-by-four knowledge base," I refer to the limited acquisition of knowledge confined to the two covers of the textbook and the four corners of the classroom, the shallow, peripheral intellectual contribution that does not advance our yearning quest for new knowledge. From reading this seminal write-up of Wariboko, I could see that Adeshina has borrowed knowledge from the holistic space where his methodology drinks from the inexhaustible pool of erudite data of information in which he is able to take us by the hand and walk us through what Wariboko describes as "radically uncompromising new vision for philosophy in Africa." I am excited for him!

I will read and re-read Wariboko's essay over and over again as it has helped me gain a deeper insight into the work of this sound intellectual, Adeshina Afolayan. And, of course, it has tantalized my appetite for the writings of Adeshina and necessity now compels me to become an Adeshina Afolayan reader.

And, Nimi Wariboko, you write so well.

Thanks!

Michael O. Afoláyan


On Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 09:24:47 PM GMT+1, Toyin Falola <toyinfalola@austin.utexas.edu> wrote:






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