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n African Journal of Rhetoric - 2014 and an African country in transition - editorial notes

Volume 7 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1998-2054

Abstract

The African Association for Rhetoric has some attachment to South Africa as a country. The reason is dual fold: first, that the Association was founded in South Africa, and secondly, that AAR has, in the same country, received significant support from some institutions and well-meaning individuals who believe in the project. The project also has been an object of suspicion from certain individuals, who, for whatever reason concocted by their imagination, believe that the African Rhetoric Project is a nationalist project. Suffice to say that the African Rhetoric Project is established to cater for discourses around Africa as she struggles with the forces that aid or impede her transition and transformational agenda. This would also include those relating to Africa in the diaspora. When discussing these forces, more blame is projected on exogenous forces over endogenous ones. The latter for the most part are more responsible in formulating policies required to move respective countries on the continent forward into a more developmental state. By implication, they have greater responsibility in ensuring the smooth running of the state. However, for the most part, the dream of a developmental state has been rather elusive to the majority of countries on the continent who terminated the dominance of Western imperialism by securing independence in the respective states. Perhaps the most protracted and most popularised struggle for independence in Africa is that of South Africa that had Nelson Rohihlala Mandela as one of its frontline struggle icons.

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