Drinking from the Cosmic Gourd: How Amos Tutuola Can Change Our Minds (Paperback)

Drinking from the Cosmic Gourd: How Amos Tutuola Can Change Our Minds By Francis B. Nyamnjoh Cover Image
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This book questions colonial and apartheid ideologies on being human and being African, ideologies that continue to shape how research is conceptualised, taught and practised in universities across Africa. Africans immersed in popular traditions of meaning-making are denied the right, by those who police the borders of knowledge, to think and represent their realities in accordance with the civilisations and universes they know best. Often, the ways of life they cherish are labelled and dismissed too eagerly as traditional knowledge by some of the very African intellectual elite they look to for protection. The book makes a case for sidestepped traditions of knowledge. It draws attention to Africa's possibilities, prospects and emergent capacities for being and becoming in tune with its creativity and imagination. It speaks to the nimble-footed flexible-minded "frontier African" at the crossroads and junctions of encounters, facilitating creative conversations and challenging regressive logics of exclusionary identities. The book uses Amos Tutuola's stories to question dualistic assumptions about reality and scholarship, and to call for conviviality, interconnections and interdependence between competing knowledge traditions in Africa.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789956764655
ISBN-10: 9956764655
Publisher: Langaa RPCID
Publication Date: March 15th, 2017
Pages: 326
Language: English