n Journal of African Union Studies - A moral consciousness : a leadership approach for Africa?

Volume 3, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


Literary scholars have vehemently criticised John Conrad's (1899) novella 'Heart of Darkness' for its banal depiction of Africa and Africans. Undeniably, one can argue that Africans not only have a rich pre-history but over the years, they have made tremendous strides in decolonizing the continent and putting in place systems of governance that are suitable for its people. Nonetheless, these are only pockets of success amidst the continued negative manifestations in leadership and governance that the continent continues to witness. This provokes the question, who dares convincingly challenge Conrad (1899), 100 years after its first publication? This may not be so much for its banality but rather for its symbolism.

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