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Title:Bessie Head, Grace Ogot and varieties of apartness
Author:Achufusi, Ify GraceISNI
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia: Sonderheft
Geographic terms:Kenya
South Africa
About persons:Bessie Amelia Head (1937-1986)ISNI
Grace Akinyi Ogot (1930-)ISNI
Abstract:Both Bessie Head and Grace Ogot consistently contrast black Africa's claims of humanity and harmony with the realities of inhumanity and acrimony. The enormity of the problem of ethnic or tribal divisions is illustrated through analogy with South Africa under racist white minority rule. The author compares the ways in which Head and Ogot portray the ideology of apartness to uncover the virulent strains of apartheid undermining social relations and national aspirations in black African States. The major difference between the perceptions of the two writers is that whereas Head roots her vision in a definite philosophy of power as evil, Ogot presents the issue merely as an occurrence. Head is concerned with probing the nature of apartness and sees it as an evil rooted in human nature, whereas Ogot is primarily concerned with its manifestation in power relationships within a polity and how the injustice of tribalism impedes national progress. Ref.