You're Not a Country, Africa

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Penguin UK, Sep 28, 2012 - Literary Collections
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In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Pius Adesanmi explores what Africa means to him as an African and as a citizen of the world. Examining the personal and the political, tradition and modernity, custom and culture, Adesanmi grapples with the complexity and contradictions of this vast continent, zooming in most closely on Nigeria, the country of his birth. The inspiration for the title of the collection, You're Not a Country, Africa, comes from a line of poetry: 'You are not a country Africa, you are a concept, fashioned in our minds, each to each'. The Africa fashioned in our minds - with our fears and our dreams - is the Africa that the reader will encounter in these essays. Through narratives and political and cultural reflections, Pius Adesanmi approaches the meaning of Africa from the perspective that you never actually define Africa: rather, it defines you in various contexts and for various people.
 

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Contents

Preface
Isanlu 1 Oota
Fragments of Memory
Isanlu and the Islam of My Childhood
An African Professoriate in the Eyes of a Country
Detours 5 We the Colonised
Makwerekwere
Going to Meet Black America
Jeff Koinange CNN and the Mercy Industrial Complex
ThisDay Lawrence Summers and the Future of Africa
A Basketful of Water
Lessons from Yoruba Paganism 2O Philosophising Africa Responsibilities
Interventions 21 Violence Against Women in Nigeria The Internet as Amebo
The Voice of Mutallab the Hands of the Dead
The American South as Warning to the Nigerian North
Britain HissHissHistory and the NiNiNiger Delta

Of Cats and Catritude
Accent Wars
The Boy from Ghana
Africa Vanity Fair and the Vanity of a Cover
Oju LOro
Dialogues and Dissensions 13 I Sarah Baartman Invisible
Letter to an Old Flame
An EXAfrican Writes to President Sarkozy
The Struggle for Meaning
DoubleConsciousness Nigeriana
Viaticum for Polyphemus
Orile
The Myth of the Good Yoruba
An Idea for Obudu Cattle Ranch
Why I Will Not Emulate Jesus
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