ISBN 9789988550820
Pages 428
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2006
Publisher Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana
Format Paperback

The African Predicament

Collected Essays

by Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor

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of Kofi Awoonor’s writings comprises essays written over a period of three decades, and includes several previously unpublished pieces.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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About the Author

Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor

Kofi Awoonor is Visiting Scholar in the English Department, University of Ghana-Legon. A distinguished poet, literary scholar, translator and public intellectual, he has held many high-level, international posts in academia, diplomacy and the culture sector.

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