5 popular books by African literary giants that ignite the importance of a united Africa

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson May 25, 2019 at 09:00am

May 25, 2019 at 09:00 am | Art Attack

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

May 25, 2019 at 09:00 am | Art Attack

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Ethiopia Unbound – J.E. Casely Hayford

This is one of the most important books in Africa written in 1911 by J.E. Casely Hayford. It is recorded as the first book written and published in English in Africa. Although referred to as a novel, J.E. Casely Hayford who was a strong Pan-Africanist explores the philosophy of African nationalism stressing that education was one of the forces the black man could use to attain independence. This type of education, according to his work, was “an education of the black masses, institutionally controlled by black men and void of European customs.”

Hayford, in effect, publicly advocated the establishment of a national university with a curriculum relevant to African needs and conditions. The plot and character of the novel are also designed to give the notion that black institutions are better than European institutions.

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