Pan African Humanness and Sakhu Djaer as Praxis for Indigenous Knowledge Systems

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Wade W. Nobles
Lesiba Baloyi
Tholene Sodi

Abstract

This paper will explore the notion of Sakhu Djaer (Skh Djr) as a further refinement and deeper extension of Black Psychology’s African essence. Through an exposition of the thinking and beliefs about African knowing and being, the discussion will further unpack the necessary link between UbuNtu, African language and logic, epistemic justice, and indigenous knowledge systems as central to an understanding of African existence and being. In representing a requisite paradigm shift from Eurocentric to African-centred analyses, this discussion will demonstrate the adoption of African notions of Pan African Humanness, indigenous knowledge systems and terminology (Sumunu, Kizungu Zongu, etc.) as key to the illumination and reframing of a Pan African therapeutic engagement and the teaching and training of psychologists in the African worldview, ontology and culture.

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Nobles, W., Baloyi, L., & Sodi, T. (2016). Pan African Humanness and Sakhu Djaer as Praxis for Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Alternation Journal, (18), 36-59. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/1353
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Wade W. Nobles, San Francisco State University

drnobles@gmail.com

Lesiba Baloyi, University of Pretoria

lesibab@tivumbeni.com

Tholene Sodi, University of Limpopo Sovenga

Sodit@ul.ac.za