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 swiftly the political independence of countries. This factor of African Literature at the present time is dedicated to stories of ways African writers, as old witnesses, have dealt with the sport of battle as a cataclysmic phenomenon in a number of destinations at the continent. The members discover the topic from quite a few views: panoramic, local, nationwide and during comparative stories. conflict has enriched modern African literature, yet at what fee to human lives, peace and the surroundings? ERNEST EMENYONU is Professor of the dep. of Africana stories collage of Michigan-Flint. The participants comprise: 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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Thus, on the symbolic level, the war is a combat between the eagle and the rising sun. ’ Our sons who studied history assure us that no nation fighting a war of survival as we are now fighting has ever been defeated. ’ echoed the audience. (p. 63) In addition to the reassurance from history cited above, Biafrans also have a traditional belief that no misadventure can ever uproot someone permanently from his home. In Sunset at Dawn, one of the events that has helped to unite all Biafrans in their new identity as the people of the rising sun is the genocide of approximately 50,000 Easterners in the Northern Region.
Zerai Asghedom, Misgun. ‘The Theatre Experience in Eritrea’. Unpublished MA dissertation. University of Leeds, 2001. Interviews Alemseged Tesfai, playwright, lawyer, historian. Rec. interview in English, 22 February 2000, Asmara, Eritrea. Interviewer: Christine Matzke (CM), transcript: Mussie Tesfagiorgis (MT). Solomon Tsehaye, Head of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Education. Rec. interview in English, 4 August 2000, Asmara, Eritrea. Interviewer/transcript: CM. Weyni Tewolde, actress, PFDJ Cultural Affairs.
Except for the brief welcome in the opening scene, there are no affectionate exchanges between the two parties; Letiyesus and Solomie on the one hand, Astier and Assefa on the other. If two members of each group happen to be close physically, distance is immediately created by avoiding eye contact. Astier and Solomie have their own cheerless history. In her previous marriage Astier had taken out her frustration on the girl, thus perpetuating the vicious circle of abuse and aggression. And since, for Letiyesus, Solomie is the only family member ‘purely’ Eritrean in body and soul, she lavishes her affection on her.
ALT 26 War in African Literature Today by Ernest N. Emenyonu