The Blight of African Indigenous Technology in the 21st Century: The Way Forward

Ezenagu, Ngozi (2014) The Blight of African Indigenous Technology in the 21st Century: The Way Forward. Journal of Tourism and Heritage Studies, 3 (1). pp. 59-73.


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Africans are intricately creative. Invariably their acquisition of diverse skills led to the proliferation of traditional industries during the pre-colonial era which today is referred to indigenous technology. The products of this renowned indigenous technology brought to lime light the sophisticated civilization of pre-colonial African communities. These traditional industries includes blacksmithing, wood carving, textile weaving and dyeing, leather works, pottery making, bead work etc. The colonial era saw the establishment of factories of all kinds that mass produced, and still produce the equivalence of traditional products. Consequently, this dwindled the efficacy of indigenous technology as its products are gradually becoming obsolete. In view of the above, the objective of this paper is to project the historical relevance, cultural significance and the economic value of indigenous technology in the 21st century.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traditional industry, Indigenous technology, Indigenous knowledge, Pre-colonial Africa, 21st century
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Art
Depositing User: Mr Tayo Okunlola
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 15:21
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 15:21

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