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You’re Not a Country, Africa!

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In this ground-breaking collection of essays, Pius Adesanmi tries to unravel what Africa means to him as an African and to all those who inhabit this continent of extremes.  This question has exercised some of the finest African minds of the twentieth century, but pan-Africanism, Negritude, nationalism, decolonization, and all the other projects through which Africans have ...more
Published 2010 by Penguine (first published November 30th 2001)
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Molebatsi
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is a great book on Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.
Mostly Lit
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome collection of essays. They mainly focus on Nigeria, but there is something for everybody in them.
Sokari
Sep 07, 2010 marked it as to-read
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Pius Adesanmi - You’re Not a Country, Africa!

In this groundbreaking collection of essays Pius Adesanmi tries to unravel what it is that Africa means to him as an African, and by extension to all those who inhabit this continent of extremes. This is a question that exercised some of the continent’s finest minds in the twentieth century, but which pan-Africanism, Negritude, nationalism, decolonisation and all the other projects through which Africans sought to restore their humanity ul
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Jeff
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Camille, Vanessa
Recommended to Jeff by: Found it in river's end bookstore
"There is no educated/Westernized/Christianised African who doesn't know when to temporarily (and quietly) suspend the Western influences around us and let Africa take over the process of making meaning in our lives. The facade of the West returns only when we have solved a particular problem the African way."

This is the essence of Adesanmi's observations and explanations as he moves around the continent - always returning to Yorubaland in Nigeria - reaching for an understanding of 21st Century
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Nina Chachu
Dec 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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I bought this book because it won the first Penguin prize for African writing in a non-fiction category, so I was definitely curious to find out what it was about. I admit that I did not find some of the essays as interesting or challenging as others, but overall it was worth reading, and gave me a different perspective on current Nigerian thought and politics.
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A really interesting exploration of Yoruba philosophy in the current context of globalization, internet, and collectivisation of Africa
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