Of Africa

Of Africa A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism Wole Soyinka has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcol

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  • Title: Of Africa
  • Author: Wole Soyinka
  • ISBN: 9780300140460
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, Wole Soyinka has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, an irrepressible essayist and a staunch critic of the oppressive boot, he unhesitatingly speaks out.A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, Wole Soyinka has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, an irrepressible essayist and a staunch critic of the oppressive boot, he unhesitatingly speaks out.In this magnificent new work, Soyinka offers a wide ranging inquiry into Africa s culture, religion, history, imagination, and identity He seeks to understand how the continent s history is entwined with the histories of others, while exploring Africa s truest assets its humanity, the quality and valuation of its own existence, and modes of managing its environment both physical and intangible which includes the spiritual Fully grasping the extent of Africa s most challenging issues, Soyinka nevertheless refuses defeatism With eloquence he analyzes problems ranging from the meaning of the past to the threat of theocracy He asks hard questions about racial attitudes, inter ethnic and religious violence, the viability of nations whose boundaries were laid out by outsiders, African identity on the continent and among displaced Africans, and Soyinka s exploration of Africa relocates the continent in the reader s imagination and maps a course toward an African future of peace and affirmation.

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    1. The title itself was fascinating to me. Not ‘Of Nigeria’ but ‘Of Africa’. Anybody who talks of thinking beyond political boundaries quickly gets my respect.“The rise of extreme nationalism, often developing into outright xenophobia, barely disguised under legislative formalisms that never name their real goal - exclusion – is a symptom of the increase, not decrease, of the we-or-they mentality that appears to be sweeping across the globe." He thinks that national boundaries in Africa [...]

    2. Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka brings some classic post-colonial literary and cultural criticism to bear on global society today. The book is a nod toward and an extension of the 'third way' deconstruction of binary power of his intellectual contemporaries when Soyinka first began writing in the 1960s. These thinkers are cited generously throughout so this may be a good entry point to "postcolonial theory," though you should understand basic trajectories of African history since Liberation. Wr [...]

    3. Ok I had to admit I thought this was going to be a novel, instead is the story of the last 50 years of Africa, the roots of its believes and why now things are the way they are. Wole Soyinka effort is maybe to show the reader why somethings are so slowly changing and why some African cultures act the way they do. As a complete ignorant about all African related issues I found this book captivating and illuminating and I'm sure is full of fascinating informationsANKS TO NETGALLEY AND YALE UNIVERS [...]

    4. My intial rating would have been 5 stars and it certainly would have been amazing. But as I neared the end I actually found myself being disappointed. Indeed as this is a basic overview and nothing is focused on, but no that wouldn't be truthful, the focus was the Yoruba culture. I was disappointed that Mr. Soyinka when mentioning the veil didn't say that the stigma in politics and socially is all a ruse. He is right when he says the weil is not the question, no the real question that is not ask [...]

    5. "Africa - concept or reality - is an acknowledged continent of extremes, and, by the same token, it is hardly surprising that is draws extreme reactions". Wole Soyinka has the merit of expressing in clear erudite prose how the history of his own continent is inextricably linked to that of its European colonisers and to the Arab neighbouring countries. But what can Africa do for us? - Soyinka states that Africa represents a possible viable 'third way', an alternative to the world's binary religio [...]

    6. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into with this book. It's an academic work, and not having read much on African history, much of this was lost on me. Part of that was also due to Soyinka's propensity for making unintelligible sentences. Or at least for making simple statements more complex than necessary. Perhaps he is only aiming for intellectuals with this book and that is fine, I guess, but it would have been nice to understand more of what he had to say about Africa and its pl [...]

    7. I read this book when I was in Tanzania, hearing the call to prayer from the local mosques in pretty much every city or village I visited, which was appropriate given Soyinka's emphasis on the clash between the monotheistic religions and indigenous African spirituality (especially the Yoruba religion he grew up in). (I'm going to review another book I read in Africa, Binyavanga Wainaine's Someday I Will Write About All of This in a moment, and the two books form an extremely useful dialog; finis [...]

    8. Otherwise a creator of imaginative literature, Soyinka does a good job reviewing African histories and encounters with other hegemonic forces, even posing African myth as a potential "third term" in deconstructing the binaries of conflict. There's a postcolonial theory or eight in here somewhere, but Soyinka never really follows a concept through before it is subsumed by another one. I enjoyed this book because the prose style was appealing, Soyinka mastered a compelling voice here, and the firs [...]

    9. So this is the first work of Wole Soyinka that I have read. So far, so good. I will definitely be reading more of his other works, and will perhaps use this book as a reference when doing some further research into African - particularly, West African history.On what I thought of this bookFirstly, it was clearly an academic work - it was very verbose. I sometimes had to read it with a dictionary open next to me in order to understand what was being said.Secondly, some parts bored me. I considere [...]

    10. Wole Soyinka was imprisoned for his activism. Those of us who will not ever see the inside of a jail owe to ourselves and others in the world to read Of Africa and other books on the topic like Dambisa Moyo's Dead Aid,This is easily the best book on Africa that I've read. It's a short book so there's no excuse for not reading it. The book is full of intelligent commentary and piercing truths.Read this book first if you haven't read any books on the topic yet. Then read Dead Aid,Wole Soyinka tell [...]

    11. A nice little publication by one of Africa's greatest literary giants on his views of the current state of the continent on matters of politics and religion. Although I wish that he'd include a little more history to my benighted self, and although I don't really agree with his completely laudatory praise for the Yoruba religion as opposed to the monotheistic faiths, I still recommend this book to anyone looking for an African perspective on current events within the continent.

    12. An attainable yet scholarly text giving a high-level history of the African continent, the obstacles facing it today, and its potential for contributing to the world - especially in an era of globalization and cultural clashes. When asked "what is Africa?," it is NOT a hegemonic construct, nor does it aspire to be. In that, could be its greatest gift to the world.

    13. Amazing reflections on the idea of Africa, with wonderful stories from history. One gets the impression though it could have been better edited, but it doesn't really need it since Soyinka is such a beautiful writer.

    14. I remember mall bookstores of my youth. They were often incredibly tiny. Today's Indigo in the Eaton's Centre is huge. But go down there looking for something written by a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and you will have all of ONE OPTION. FFS.

    15. A terrible book by a great author. Ramblings at the end of one's live, blaming the (western) world, devoid of a healthy perspective. Pity. Proof of why one should always bow out at the top of one's game.

    16. A highly intellectual read - enjoyable and informative on spiritual climate of West Africa and in the diaspora.

    17. Not always easy to read, and a bit too focused on religion, but definitely worth reading. A little partial at times?

    18. A good primer on Soyinka's many passions, in particular his distrust of absolutes and his copious historical erudition.

    19. Very dense, and rather verbose. A set of interesting essays, but I wonder how many people will actually finish it? One of the selections for Accra Book Club.

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