Africa needs to heal the psychological effects of “centuries of alienation and enslavement” to regain self-esteem and self-respect.
Published 60 years ago this year by Heinemann in London, Things Fall Apart has sold more than 10m copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.
Tutuola was dismissed by his critics as a relic of a dying and forgotten past of a dark continent that was awakening and harkening to the call of Europe’s colonising civilisation. How wrong they were!
Sarr calls first for some inward looking by Africa. The need for healing the psychological effects of “centuries of alienation and enslavement” to regain self-esteem and self-respect.
“We are like second class citizens, of the same status as a colonised people, except that this is internal colonialism, caliphate colonialism”
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