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Laudato si' (24 May ) | FrancisHis most famous novel, Things Fall Apart , is a devastating depiction of the clash between traditional tribal values and the effects of colonial rule, as well as the tension between masculinity and femininity in highly patriarchal societies. Born in Nigeria in , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is part of a new generation of African writers taking the literary world by storm. Her novel Purple Hibiscus is a bildungsroman, depicting the life experience of Kambili and her family during a military coup, while her latest work Americanah is an insightful portrayal of Nigerian immigrant life and race relations in America and the western world. His works were greatly influenced by French existential philosophers, such as Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, and as such hold themes of despair, disillusionment and irrationality. His most famous work, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born centers around an unnamed protagonist who attempts to understand his self and his country in the wake of post-independence.
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His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children's literature. Adopted as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience , the artist was released from prison, and fled Kenya. His family was caught up in the Mau Mau Uprising ; his half-brother Mwangi was actively involved in the Kenya Land and Freedom Army , and his mother was tortured at Kamiriithu home guard post. His debut novel, Weep Not, Child , was published in May , becoming the first novel in English to be published by a writer from East Africa. And suddenly I knew that a novel could be made to speak to me, could, with a compelling urgency, touch cords deep down in me. In , Thiong'o also began teaching at The University of Nairobi as a professor of English literature. He continued to teach at the university for ten years while serving as a Fellow in Creative Writing at Makerere.
In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth cf. Gen ; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.
New York. Basic Civitas Books, , pp. Ngugi posits that colonialism conditioned Africans to live in a state of collective amnesia, or memory loss, characterized by a split personhood. Re-membering Africa is the only way of ensuring that Africa extricates herself from the dark ages into it was plunged by European colonization. African slaves, the main commodity in the merchantile phase of capitalism, formed the mainstay of the sugar, cotton, and tobacco plantations in the Caribbean and American mainland.
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Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN alk. Africa Civilization. Decolonization Africa. The germ of the theme of memory and renaissance that now runs through this book was originally expressed in the Biko Memorial Lecture currently Chapter 4 , that I gave at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.