By Bernth Lindfors, Geoffrey V. Davis
This tribute assortment displays the wide variety and variety of James Gibbs's educational pursuits. the point of interest is on Africa, yet comparative stories of alternative literatures additionally obtain cognizance. Fiction, drama, and poetry via writers from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, eire, England, Germany, India, and the Caribbean are surveyed along major missionaries, scientists, performers, and students. The writers mentioned contain Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Kobina Sekyi, Raphael Armattoe, J.E. Casely Hayford, Michael Dei-Anang, Kofi Awoonor, Ayi Kwei Armah, John Kolosa Kargbo, Dele Charley, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Okot p'Bitek, Jonathan Sajiwandani, Samuel E. Krune Mqhayi, A.S. Mopeli-Paulus, Kelwyn Sole, Anna Seghers, Raja Rao, and Arundhati Roy. different essays deal with the black presence in eire, nameless rap artists in Chicago, the Jamaican missionary Joseph Jackson Fuller within the Cameroons, the African-American actor Ira Aldridge in Sweden, the Swedish naturalist Anders Sparrman in South Africa, and the literary student and editor Eldred Durosimi Jones in Sierra Leone. Interviews with the Afro-German Africanist Theodor Wonja Michael and the Irish-Nigerian dramatist Gabriel Gbadamosi also are integrated. additionally provided are poems through Jack Mapanje and Kofi Anyidoho, brief tales via Charles R. Larson and Robert Fraser, performs by means of Femi Osofisan and Martin Banham, and an account of a dramatic interpreting of a script written and co-performed via James Gibbs. individuals: Anne Adams, Sola Adeyemi, Kofi Anyidoho, Awo Mana Asiedu, Martin Banham, Eckhard Breitinger, Gordon Collier, James Currey, Geoffrey V. Davis, Chris Dunton, Robert Fraser, Raoul J. Granqvist, Gareth Griffiths, C.L. Innes, Charles R. Larson, Bernth Lindfors, Leif Lorentzon, Jack Mapanje, Christine Matzke, Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, Femi Osofisan, Eustace Palmer, Jane Plastow, Lynn Taylor, and Pia Thielmann.
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The Earth Mothers choose to counter-identify with ‘dominant power’ and to align themselves with the other marginalized zones of power, such as those represented by Old Man and Si Bero, together constituting an ‘historical bloc’ of the ‘counter-hegemonic forces’. Conclusion Through the example of Emperor Boky, Kongi, the Leader, and Dr Bero, the Specialist, we learn a lot about the insatiability and voraciousness of power, its drive towards the possession and annihilation of anything in its way, and, as Soyinka would put it, about its incompleteness.
8 He was an “Anglomaniac,” brought up to be ashamed of his African heritage, even prior to his education in England. His long poem “The Sojourner” reveals his anglomania and finds expression in the play in lines given to Okadu, one of the characters: I speak English to soften my harsher native tongue, It matters not if often I speak the Fanti wrong. I’m learning to be British, and treat with due contempt The worship of the fetish, from which I am exempt. […] I’m clad in coat and trousers, with boots upon my feet; And atamfurafo and Hausas9 I seldom deign to greet; For I despise the native that wears the native dress – The badge that marks the bushman, who never will progress.
13 44 AWO MANA ASIEDU a and not by borrowing blindly everything Western. Indeed, he himself had a certain degree of admiration for some things in Western culture. As Samuel Rohdie notes, there was an ambiguity in Sekyi’s attitude [. . ] shared by many educated Gold Coast Africans. ”19 He was nonetheless very clear in his mind about the need to hold on to African values and not replace them totally with Western values, particularly when much of what the West had to offer was in no way better than what was in Africa.