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Title:Pan-Africanism, inter-African migration and the crisis of national integration in the African novel
Author:Asaah, Augustine H.ISNI
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Africa
international migration
History, Archaeology
About person:Alex Agyei-AgyiriISNI
Abstract:The Pan-African ideal of one continent was premised on the invented tradition of shared ancestry, communitarian values, common heritage and vision. The unity thesis notwithstanding, Africans - either within national borders or across borders - have subjected other Africans to xenophobic wars and genocidal conflicts. Mindful of the benefits of pan-Africanism and the systemic fragility of the African nation-State, African writers have often inscribed themes of integration, violence, disintegration and same/other tension in their works. This paper examines images of pan-Africanism and inter-African migration in African fiction by revisiting the pitfalls of nationhood and ethnic identity. It first discusses pan-Africanism and the failure of the African nation-State, then examines the issues of borders, displacement and ethnicity, before appraising the fictional representations of integration and malaise emanating from migration. The novels under examination range from Ousmane Sembène's 'O pays, mon beau peuple' (1957) to Koffi Kwahulé's 'Babyface' (2006) and Ken Bugul's 'La pièce d'or' (2006). Special attention is paid to Alex Agyei-Agyiri's 'Unexpected joy at dawn' (2003). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]