Edited by: Nicholas Creary
Title: Africans and Intellectuals, 2012, http://www.amazon.com/African-Intellectuals-Decolonization-Ohio-Africa/dp/0896802833/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381117311&sr=1-1&keywords=african+intellectuals+and+decolonization
Formats: Kindle, paperback
Genre: Political review, history
Synopsis: A retrospective and forward analysis of the state of Black consciousness is provided through the papers presented and edited by Nicholas Creary. The selection commences with George Hartley’s We Need a Mau Mau in Mississippi. Readers will find this is an excellent recall to intellectual revolutionary ideals. Jomo Kenyatta’s philosophy of freedom fighters against Western adversaries is refreshed. The African and African-American struggle is revamped through the vision of Malcolm X to suit the needs of contemporary times. Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman brings into contemporary relativity the issues of Trauma and Narrativity in Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. Postcolonial trauma and/or rememory (Toni Morrison) are validated through Cruz-Guzman’s examination of the Adichie’s filtering of the issues surrounding imperialism through a Freudian lenses (with a Black scope). For the aesthetically inclined, Oyeronkee Oyewumi grants Beyond Gendercentric Models (via) restoring Motherhood to Yoruba Discourses of Art and Aesthetics. The scholarly and the aesthetic are fused in this review of the physical, metal sculptures of the Yoruba and the genteel nature of Yoruba Motherhood through a uniquely Yoruba lens. Oyewumi succeeds in permitting the reader to access and understand the cultural and poetic elements of a distinct artistic realm of African, metaphysical models in physical and philosophical format.
Critique: I found this selection to be fascinating and informative. Concepts in Black intellectual thought to be dormant resurfaced through the pages of this collection. The papers were enlightening and timely. Old premises were revived and applied to the neocolonial times. A knowledge of old school Black intellectualism in the Americas and Africa may serve as a prerequisite to these readings, but one can still enjoy this work without a prior awareness of the history. This book is must for all aspiring and functional Black intellectuals!!!