When African customs oppose universal human rights?

I’m currently obsessed with these questions: Are all African customs in line with universal human rights? Which ones are not? Should Africans re-examine their customary laws in the context of human rights? Is cultural relativism a justifiable and valid theory?

One of the greatest challenges facing Africans is the negociation of the conflict between customary laws and universal human rights. My idea is that a close examination of African Literature and Cinema (through the lens of Human rights) provides a space for a better understanding of this challenge and for finding a suitable and practical “way out”

African Literature and Cinema provide good insights into issues such as rape, child abuse or child marriage. African novelists and filmmakers succeed in throwing light on these human rights violations in a way that they can’t no longer remain ignored or misunderstood.


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