By Ernest N. Emenyonu
Because the moment 1/2 the 20 th century, no unmarried phenomenon has marred the picture and improvement of Africa greater than mindless fratricidal wars which quickly the political independence of countries. This factor of African Literature this day is dedicated to reports of the way African writers, as ancient witnesses, have dealt with the sport of warfare as a cataclysmic phenomenon in quite a few destinations at the continent. The members discover the topic from various views: panoramic, neighborhood, nationwide and during comparative reports. conflict has enriched modern African literature, yet at what expense to human lives, peace and the surroundings? ERNEST EMENYONU is Professor of the dep. of Africana reviews college of Michigan-Flint. The participants contain: CHIMALUM NWANKWO, CHRISTINE MATZKE, CLEMENT A. OKAFOR, INIBONG I. UKO, OIKE MACHIKO, SOPHIE OGWUDE, MAURICE TAONEZVI VAMBE, ZOE NORRIDGE and ISIDORE DIALA. Nigeria: HEBN
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As the military conflict was impossible to contain, Amhara soldiers, then the leading ethnic group in Ethiopia, were encouraged to have children with local women, by consent or by force, in order to ‘breed out’ Somali identity. Such concepts struck a cord with the playwright. In a recent afterword to his play, Alemseged notes that the Colonel’s ‘policy’ settled into the depths of my thinking, my consciousness. I could neither forget nor forgive it. It became a permanent fixture, a grudge-generating fixture in my psyche.
This, however, the play reveals, was brought about by a repressive social order in Eritrea which the EPLF proposes to eradicate. While women are finally portrayed as agents of historical events, masculine authority is still unquestioned. According to custom, it is Assefa who rules the family. Together they live in a house which is not Letiyesus’s, but Miki-el’s (p. 265). The absent fighter becomes the ultimate reference point for the nationalist faction in the play, while Kitaw heralds an ‘Ethiopian’ Eritrea for his parents.
10 Writing drama became a means of gauging and controlling the ‘revolutionary’ merit of theatre in the field; it also became a means of improving its dramaturgical standards. Alemseged Tesfai’s Critique of Drama & Drama Performance in the EPLF In the virtual absence of a critical discourse on theatre in the liberation war and a larger body of creative writing,11 I will utilize Alemseged Tesfai’s insightful drama critique of 1983 to highlight some of the limitations of scripted drama work in the field.
ALT 26 War in African Literature Today by Ernest N. Emenyonu