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Title:Pan-Africanist Ideology and the African Historical Novel of Self-Discovery: The examples of Kobina Sekyi and J.E. Casely Hayford
Author:Osei-Nyame, Kwadwo
Year:1999
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies
Volume:12
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:137-153
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:pan-Africanism
literature
historical novels (form)
Inter-African Relations
nationalism
History and Exploration
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
About persons:Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford (1866-1930)ISNI
William Esuman Guira Kobina Sekyi (1892-1956)
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13696819908717846
Abstract:Using the work of J.E. Casely Hayford (1866-1930) and Kobina Sekyi (1892-1956), two prominent figures of African nationalism and Pan-Africanism in the Gold Coast (Ghana), this essay examines the endeavour to create African cultural self-understanding through the Pan-Africanist visions and ideology which are articulated within the African historical novel of self-discovery. The author draws attention to the fact that issues of cultural assertion and ambivalence, which have only recently been theorized, were dilemmas almost from the very moment of colonization. Although Casely Hayford and Sekyi belonged to the class of Western-educated Africans, they were critical of colonial culture. Their philosophical and intellectual agenda led them to embrace an ideology of 'nativism' which informed the oppositional culture of resistance they adopted. Their creative work needs to be located within a decolonizing nationalist agenda which sought to negate the moral and civilizational binarisms and absolutes of Western colonial ideology. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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