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Title:'Al-Sud' in African fiction: re-thinking Ayi Kwei Armah and Ihsan Abdul Quddus
Author:Oladosu, Afis A.
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
culture contact
About person:Ayi Kwei Armah (1939-)ISNI
Abstract:The motif of the black, 'al-Sud', in 'Two Thousand Seasons' (1973) by Ayi Kwei Armah (Ghana), and 'Thuqub fi al Thawb al-Abyad' (Holes in the Black Garment) (1977) by Ihsan Abdul Quddus, mirrors the efforts of scholars in Africa towards a proper rendering of the premodern and modern histories of North and West African contacts. This paper, in exploring the foregoing, problematizes African fiction as a premise for its inquiry into the emergence of 'al-Sud' in Africa's cultural history. It examines the motif of 'al-Sud' in African fiction through the mirror provided by 'Bound to Violence' (1971) by Yambo Ouologuem (Mali) and in the fiction of Armah and Abdul Quddus. Using Kole Omotoso's 1984 review of Armah and Abdul Quddus's works as incentive, the paper examines recollections which they commemorate under two strategies: historical engagement and matriarchal influence. It concludes that the intellectual (theoretical) and existential (practical) development of Africa in the contemporary period nests, not in the promotion or preservation, either through fiction or otherwise, of the negative underbellies of Arab-Black African contacts, but in the appropriation of the continent as a whole. Ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]