African Diaspora In Africa

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“Africa is portrayed as a continent that generates diasporas rather than a continent in which diasporas can be found” (Bakewell, 2008)

Diaspora is a Greek word that means ‘dispersal’. It is also the root that simply indicates migration and colonisation. Diaspora is generally used to refer to the mass dispersion of people or population that is forced to leave their traditional homeland, to settled down in another place which is far from their own homeland (geographic origin). This could be done for many reasons such as slave trade, education etc. Diaspora consists of “voluntary” and “involuntary” (forced) emigrants.The African diaspora comprises people of African origin living outside the continent, regardless of their citizenship and nationality.
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Over the years there have been various manifestations that have been associated with African diaspora. e.g. Back-to-black, Pan Africanism, Black Nationalism, Afrocentricity. African diaspora played a big role in transformation and creations of new cultures, institutions, outside of Africa. As the migration of peoples and cultures across borders has accelerated, the growing interdisciplinary field of diaspora studies has provided a much needed study of the structural features that characterise these movements. Indicate forced migration, shared community in foreign nations, and collective desire to return to an existent or imagined homeland. Political economy, diasporic communities have significantly altered how we understand cultural memory.Shared stories about an original homeland and the events that caused exile from it is central features for diasporic…show more content…
The Greek community of Johannesburg, which is the largest Greek community in South Africa. In many ways South Africa’s history closely resembles that of other former British colonies such as the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand, in that a significant proportion of the population is made up of settlers who came from various countries in Europe.The British diaspora in Africa is a population group broadly defined as English-speaking white Africans. The majority live in South Africa and other Southern African countries including Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Lesotho and Swaziland. Although the majority of white Africans who speak English as a first language are of British and Irish ancestry, their numbers also include people from other counties such as Portuguese, Italian, German, Jewish, Dutch and French Huguenot ancestry among
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