The Death Penalty from an African Perspective

Views from Zimbabwean and Nigerian Philosophers

Fainos Mangena & Jonathan O. Chimakonam



This book is about an African philosophical examination of the death penalty debate. In a 21st century world where the notion of human right is primed, this book considers the question of the death penalty in two sub-Saharan African countries namely, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, notorious for their poor human right records. This edited collection comprises of 11 essays from Zimbabwean and Nigerian philosophers.


An intellectually robust and captivating ethical discourse by African philosophers regarding the controversial death penalty within the traditional and contemporary Africa…a must read for all interested in Justice as a value in human life. - Kahiga J. Kiruki


Fainos Mangena, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Applied Ethics at the University of Zimbabwe.

Jonathan O. Chimakonam Ph.D, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Calabar, Nigeria and a Research Fellow at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.