The African Predicament: Collected Essays


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This collection of Kofi Awoonor’s writings comprises essays written over a period of three decades, and includes several previously unpublished pieces. According to the author himself: ‘[they] reflect a life-time of engagement in literature and politics, my two passions…’

Kofi Awoonor addresses a diverse range of subjects from an African perspective: the slave trade, post-independence history, globalisation, and the fate of the African continent given the twin scourges of poverty and HIV/AIDS. Literary criticism considers the legacy of W.E.B DuBois, and in a contemporary context, Kofi Anyidoho’s poetry. Further essays are reflections composed during the author’s long sojourns in the US: on Negro, Afro-American, black, African-American and African and identities. Further essays cover historical and political topics, such as the overthrow of Nkrumah, and the UN in relation to Africa in the post-Cold War period.

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Kofi Awoonor

Professor Kofi Awoonor, one of Ghana’s most accomplished poets, had for almost half a century committed himself to teaching, politics and the literary arts. The one constant that guided and shaped his many occupations and roles in life was poetry. He was a stateman (Minister of State, Chairman of the Council of State) a diplomat (Ambassador to Brazil, Cuba, United Nations) and a professor of comparative literature at numerous universities in Ghana and the United States. He authored several volumes of poetry, including Night of My Blood; Ride Me Memory; The House By The Sea; The Latin American and Caribbean Notebook; and Until The Morning After.

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