Here, Achebe's writing about African society was intended to challenge the misconception about Africa and Africans by telling the story from an insider’s point of view. Achebe's purpose was to prove that Conrad's was not the only way to see the Africans and that before the arrival of Europeans, Africans did have culture and social systems and, though unintelligible and so evil for the Europeans, Africans had their own sense and ways of defining the world around
This notion of language is further articulated as Epprecht analyses the history of faith, colonial rule and governmental legislation in African society. Later on, he positions that the use of euphemistic-like terms such as, MARP (Most At Risk Population) and "people-centered" have convinced or gained the interest of potential allies that otherwise may be turned away (172). This argument is valid not even in African culture but all societies, to
The reason that our culture is being appropriated is that we have given it room to be done so. Many post colonials tend to have an inferiority complex as a result of colonization and so because of this, our creative mindsets are directly aligned to create something that goes against who we are as we believe that we are inferior; why would an artist produce an inferior piece of work? And so because of this, we tend to whitewash our works, give them distinctly Eurocentric characteristics and location because well, “no one will read our work because it’s about black or African people.” I used to have this problem about two years ago. I was working on what I believed would be my first novel, highly influenced by Harry Potter, almost none of it could be traced back to me at all – in fact, if I were anybody else, I would never have believed a
Those things have been overcome by other rich countries, so it can also be overcome in Africa (Chang 95). There are more essential causes for poverty in Africa not that additional. African poverty is due to its socio-cultural factors, slave trades, and the capitalist system of world. Africa’s Socio-Cultural Factors In Africa, there are socio-cultural factors that make members of African traditional communities not to be able to make their conditions better. Therefore, even a person who wants to develop his or
Throughout each film, there is different interpretation of African culture whilst each film paints a similar picture to what Equiano describes on a broader level. Due to present laws, certain parts of the films have been left out; As such there is no accurate account of the culture. On the other hand, there are many films that have been made which inform us of long ago events in Africa. In these films, you see the difference in Africa's style of dancing that existed in the past and that now. They own music and rhythms were made to dance and express themselves.
Alternative Arguments presented: The reasons for Africa’s poor economic growth cannot solely be explained by colonialism. Several academic articles and scholars have gone further to attribute the slow economic development to African countries internal policies such as internal factors of bad leadership and corruption. Furthermore, in the paper by Juluis Agbor and colleagues it was put forward that effect of colonialism on an African state depended on the type of colonialism implemented within the African state (Agbor and Fedderke 2010). • Did Africans contribute to the destruction of Africa? There are opposing stances on colonialisms role in the economic development of Africa.
There is a complete variation of language from country to country. Let us also mark that a language is defined as more official and written, while a dialect is mostly spoken, uncertified and looked down upon. The use of this term takes out the whole authenticity of each language. The perception of Africa is then narrowed to one culture, with similar tribes living in different areas. The tribes are painting our outlandish vision of these people.
Things Fall Apart incorporates English literature, but not slavishly. Achebe uses English literature for his own purpose and allows African culture to become present. However, this new-found voice of African culture is not made easily available to European readers. Meaning that African culture is not assimilated, therefore, European readers were not able to comprehend all the cultural aspects of the novel. Even so Achebe’s Things Fall Apart lets the reader know that
When African writers cannot adequately express African socio-cultural reality in a European language, they resort to the use of indigenous words and expressions.”(1996) Chinua Achebe expresses his concern about his failure in expressing his African experience through the use of pure English. He prefers a new variety of English – ‘still in communion with its ancestral home but altered to suit its new surroundings.’ (1965, 62) Vassanji has extensively used native words and expressions to substantiate the characters’ authentic ethnicity and cultural
TYPES OF COLONIALISM THE DEMISE OF COLONIALISM Formations and analyses of colonialism in Africa have been affected quite significantly by how the death of colonialism is understood Jean (2002). This in turn has placed on how two procedures are observed specifically, decolonization and African nationalism or resistance and the connections between the two. THE AMBIVALENCES OF COLONIAL SOCIETY The pluralist method was extensively applied by communal anthropologies to clarify several other African foreign civilizations, which were portrayed as plural civilizations in which different cultural groups and races lived in close proximity, foreign group change was credited to culture contact and acculturation Mary