WE THE POOR MUST ABANDON OUR WHEELCHAIRS AND BEGIN TO WALK UNAIDED: ON AFRICAN AGENCY DISCOURSE

Godwin I Akper

Abstract


After mapping the current notions of African agency discourse, the article suggests
a more dialogical approach to the discourse, the partnership notion of African
agency discourse. This suggestion is based on the view that African leaders and
academics are apparently not yet ready to walk unaided. Therefore, the article
proposes a broadened African agency that involves other races. Specifically, it
stresses the need for a discourse that goes beyond a black identity as a category for
an African agency discourse to be African proper. The essay further suggests that
the contribution of the “other” in the discourse should be cherished by black and
white discussants.

Keywords


African agency, discourse, postcoloniality, Westernism, Maluleke, Nadar, Wa Thiag’o

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/100-0-659

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