Bite-size Review: Ethiopia Unbound | J.E. Casely Hayford

AFRIKULT.’S OVERALL RATING: 

Ethiopia Unbound | J.E. Casely Hayford

An unusual work of fiction by one of Africa’s foremost thinkers.  J.E. Casely Hayford, commonly known for his political and cultural treatise on colonialism, cleverly works into his novel the powerful message of African emancipation. Through the experiences of the protagonist Kwamankra, Africa is renewed, by declaring its desire for freedom and reclaiming its customs and traditions. Kwamankra’s character is largely inform by a commonsensical approach towards Africa’s struggle for its ontological liberation and humanity, which is revealed through conversations  between the protagonist, colonial officials and advocates of imperial power . In Ethiopia Unbound Pan Africanism is rendered less romantic, discerning with a conscientious and inspiring leitmotif –EMANCIPATION! Don’t let the title put you off, for buried in this book are cultural gems of wisdom waiting to be excavated.

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