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How may we conceptualize Africa in the driver’s seat of her own destiny in the twenty-first century? How practically may her cultures become the foundation and driving force of her innovation, development, and growth in the age of the global knowledge economy? How may the Africanist disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences be revamped to rise up to these challenges through new imaginaries of intersectional reflection? This book assembles lectures given by Pius Adesanmi that address these questions. Adesanmi sought to create an African world of signification in which verbal artistry interpellates performer and audience in a heuristic process of knowledge production. The narrative and delivery of his arguments, the antiphonal call and response, and the aspects of Yoruba oratory and verbal resources all combine with diction and borrowings from Nigerian popular culture to create a distinct African performative mode. This mode becomes a form of resistance, specifically against the pressure to conform to Western ideals of the packaging, standardization, and delivery of knowledge. Together, these short essays preserve the
committed and passionate voice of an African writer lost far too soon. Adesanmi urges his readers to commit themselves to Africa’s cultural agency.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. More Than Just a Name
  2. Toyin Falola
  3. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Kenneth W. Harrow
  3. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. Preface. Form as Resistance: The Story of This Book
  2. pp. xxi-xxvi
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  1. Part One. Crossfire
  1. #WhoOwnsTheProblem?
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Culture, Development, and Other Annoyances
  2. pp. 15-26
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  1. For Whom Is Africa Rising?
  2. pp. 27-40
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  1. Africa Is People, Nigeria Is Nigerians: Provocations on Post-mendicant Economies
  2. pp. 41-46
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  1. The Disappeared African Roots of Emma Watson's UN Feminism
  2. pp. 47-52
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  1. The Africa Just Outside of Your Hilton Hotel Window
  2. pp. 53-58
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  1. Part Two. Imagining Culture, Figuring Change
  1. Capitalism and Memory: Of Golf Courses and Massage Parlors in Badagry, Nigeria
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. Ode to the Bottle - For Ken Harrow, Who Laughed
  2. pp. 71-76
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  1. Aso Ebi on My Mind
  2. pp. 77-86
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  1. Ara Eko, Ara Oke: Lagos, Culture, and the Rest of Us
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. A Race through Race in Missouri
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. Part Three. Variations on Love and Self
  1. Dowry: Managing Africa's Many Lovers
  2. pp. 101-114
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  1. Caribbean Self, African Selfie
  2. pp. 115-126
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  1. Face Me, I Book You: Writing Africa's Agency in the Age of the Netizen
  2. pp. 127-136
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  1. What Does (Nigerian) Literature Secure?
  2. pp. 137-152
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  1. Post-centenary Nigeria: New Literatures, New Leaders, New Nation
  2. pp. 153-164
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 165-172
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 173-181
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609176303
Related ISBN
9781611863550
MARC Record
OCLC
1128722910
Pages
207
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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