n African Journal of Rhetoric - Rhetoric and language of decolonisation in Africa - editorial notes

Volume 11 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1998-2054


This Volume is a milestone edition in the history of the African Journal of Rhetoric (AJR). The current decolonisation movement in Africa, particularly in South Africa, has reopened and re-awakened the scholarly community to very pressing issues around discarding the vestiges, elements and symbols of colonisation. African states have inherited not only political structures that are not compatible with the African cultural norms in societies where these have been imposed, but also certain social practices that betray the idea of the African. Today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between what are the relics of colonization in the way Africa is set up and what is inherently a bad and incompetent form of leadership. This raises the problem of decolonial consciousness which African intellectuals like their counterparts from other colonised locations in the world that have sought to re-acculturate themselves in their home soil. Unfortunately, the colonisation project was first rhetorically ideated and executed by those who considered themselves as architects of the scramble for Africa.

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