Telling the African story through ‘western eyes’?

Author(s): Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu

Year: 2013


Prior to the art of writing, memory and oral presentation were amongst the tactics by which history was preserved in people’s minds, whether of the same generation or those who were still younger. This never nor was it intended to reflect the truthful and objective version, as truth does not exist. However, history was always told from the platform of power and dominance within the society.  Following modernisation, the integral part of the African way of life has taken a backseat. Rather than the fire-side tale, books and the construction of monuments remind people about the past events. In this paper, I offer an African voice by reflecting on the debates on whether there is a distinction between inscribed history and memory in the African context. Central to this is the discussion on what history actually is, and whether it can ever be an objective representation of previous occurrences.

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Telling the African story through ‘western eyes’?. Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428425)


Africa History Memory

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United Kingdom Western Europe

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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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PaperId(s): 746