oa Alternation - What difference does, difference make?

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



African intellectuals, as Bennie Bunsie observed, are of two types-those who valorise and embrace the Western life-world and its values, language, science, philosophy, and culture and those who attempt to recover their lost heritage from centuries of colonial, foreign and imperialist domination. Central to the former is the explicit rejection of African identity politics that is based on the supposed belief that Africans as a group have certain essential characteristics that extend to all Africans. From this current emerges what Edward Said called varied groups of 'little Europes' that required the replication of the European (Western) ethos and the simultaneous' devalorisation and depreciation of everything African.

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