You're Not a Country, Africa: A Personal History of the African PresentPaperback
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- Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 22mm | 240g
- Publication date: 30 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: Parklands
- ISBN 10: 0143527541
- ISBN 13: 9780143527541
- Sales rank: 1,525,117
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 ultimately failed to answer. Criss-crossing the continent, Pius Adesanmi engages with the enigma that is Africa in an attempt to make meaning of this question for all twenty-first century Africans.
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Pius Adesanmi, an acclaimed literary and cultural critic, was born in Nigeria and now lives in Ottawa, Canada, where he teaches literature and African studies at Carleton University. He is one of Nigeria's major intellectuals and writes two weekly columns for the influential Sahara Reporters and NEXT newspaper. His first book, The Wayfarer and Other Poems, won the Association of Nigerian Authors' Poetry Prize in 2001.