Deconstructing African History from Western Historicism

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Isaiah A Negedu
Solomon O Ojomah

Abstract

If a people were to write their own history to be solely accepted as an ideal, it would not be abnormal for them to do so in their own favour. The history of the African peoples as documented by Western literatures, mostly comprises the exaltation of European culture through various stereotypical labellings of African history and culture.In the same vein, most Africans would be tempted to rewrite African history in favour of the cultures/ traditions of the African people themselves. Western historicism, however, has gradually denied the African an identity, primarily by eulogising its vindictive colonial presence in Africa, with the purpose of creating a cultural superstructure for the West. Through critical analysis and the conversational method, we submit that a balanced reordering of history in a sane manner is quickened when informed African scholars in their various disciplines take up the task of historiography to create their own peculiar narrative that will provide both the scholarly agenda and its related content, to set the African people on a course of wholesome prosperity.

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Negedu, I., & Ojomah, S. (2018). Deconstructing African History from Western Historicism. Alternation Journal, (23), 302-325. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/1251
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Isaiah A Negedu, University of Kwazulu-Natal

NegeduI@ukzn.ac.za

Solomon O Ojomah, Federal University Lafia

sojomah@gmail.com