Environmental Ethics in Akyem Abuakwa: Developing the Ecological Zone through the African Worldview

Samuel Asiedu-Amoako & Michael Kwadwo Ntiamoah

Issue: Vol.1  No.5 September 2020  Article 6 pp. 185-193
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/ehass.2020097  |   Published online 28th September 2020.
© 2020 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


Akyem Abuakwa’s geographical location puts her in a different environmental condition. Both natural and human factors have combined in causing massive environmental degradation and ecological crisis. The environmental degradation and ecological crisis call for exploration of indigenous knowledge to construct indigenous ecological orientations and environmental concerns that could be relevant to recent times. Using qualitative design, the study found out that the traditional belief among the people of Abuakwa has created the awareness that human beings are answerable to the line of ancestors for their stewardship over the non-human parts of creation-land, flora and fauna; all these belong to the ancestors. The study proposes that environmental ethics through the African worldview and bioethical African worldview would dictate a fresh environmental concern and ecological orientation for the world today. The study is relevant as it contributes to traditional environmental conservation ethics.

Keywords: Eco-theology, communalism, conservation, kinship, ethics.

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Samuel Asiedu-Amoako(PhD), is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Christian Service University College, Kumasi-Ghana. He has research interests in Religion and Environment, Eco-Theology in Ghana.

Michael Kwadwo Ntiamoah, (MPhil). (PhD. Cand.). Lecturer at the Department of Religious Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Ghana. He has research interests in Religious diversity in Ghana, Chieftaincy and African culture, Akan Indigenous Religion and Environment, Akan Indigenous Religion and Social Order.

Asiedu-Amoako, Samuel. & Ntiamoah, Michael, K,. “Environmental Ethics in Akyem Abuakwa: Developing the Ecological Zone through the African Worldview .” E-Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 1, no.5 (2020): 185-194. https://doi.org/10.38159/ehass.2020097

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