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Title:Ayi Kwei Armah and the origins of the African diaspora
Author:Abodunrin, FemiISNI
Periodical:Journal of Humanities (ISSN 1016-0728)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
Central Africa
History, Archaeology
Oral tradition
Power (Social sciences)
Armah, Ayi Kwei, 1939-
About person:Ayi Kwei Armah (1939-)ISNI
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/jh/article/view/6292
Abstract:The most significant literary ancestry to Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah's histories is the postcoloniality of Africa and the black world. A recognition of the historical perception of the African/black reality pervades his writing. Armah's intense African gaze returns over and over to the domain of the historical griot from which his novels, short stories, and polemics pick up the use of 'narrative parody' to articulate a view of the world that is essentially African and black. The present article examines the way in which Armah's art has been affected by the overall pattern of signification and figuration within the black rhetorical trope, against the backdrop of his creative articulation of the origins of the African diaspora, in the following sections: 'Two thousand Seasons' of slavery and colonialism; Myths of origin and the discourse of 'The Healers'; Intellectuals and the 'fragments' of postcolonialism. Bibliogr., note, ref.