Diaspora Literature by Martien A. A simple definition of diaspora literature, then, would be works that are written by authors who live outside their native land. But diaspora literature may also be defined by its contents, regardless of where it was written. The book of Job, too, may be an example of diaspora literature because it was likely written in the wake of the Babylonian destruction, which gave rise to the question, Why would God punish Israel, the chosen people, with such mass suffering?
However, more catastrophes are raised for the immigrants in their host countries. To fully illustrate this, inference would be drawn from other diasporic African literary texts to point out why issues like racism, loss of identity, hopelessness, and disillusionment are common among notions about the African diaspora.
This confrontation generated in their home countries ages past, is still been experienced in their host countries till date. From what has been gathered from some diasporic texts, one gets the illusion that the whites of this age despite the awareness they have now, as compared to when Africa as a continent was under the clutches of colonial obliteration might think they have grown out of the derogatory portrayal of Africans by their ancestors, but that is not the case.
This is probably because writers like John Locke, Joseph Conrad, James Features of diasporic writing a letter etcetera who represent the beginning of a tradition of telling African stories in the West, had portrayed Africa as a place of negatives and darkness.
Thus, they claim to know all about 2 Africa from what they have read and the story they have been told, that it is now quite difficult for them to dissociate fact from fiction and this is where the unintentional colonialism comes in.
And over the years, that is what we have become in their minds and this has translated into the different treatment we see bestowed on the African person. Thus, African writers in their different fictional narratives have appropriated the literary text as a vehicle of channeling their diasporic worldview.
Hence, Adichie and other writers of African descent have earned their reputation and fame not just because of the stories they tell, but how they tell these stories. According to Postcolonialists, postcolonialism studies the process and effects of cultural displacement that inevitably followed colonial conquest, its rule and outcome for personal and communal identities.
It also studies the ways in which the displaced have culturally defended themselves. The justification for the selection of this text is informed by a desire to objectify the intention of this paper and for readers to fully comprehend how African diasporic experiences are exhibited in literary texts.
Therefore, there is a need to first understand what African Diaspora is. This is so because the transatlantic slave trade was responsible for the forced migration of millions of African people to the western hemisphere. It is thus pertinent to say that although slavery existed since the prehostorical era, African diaspora dates back to the enslavement, forceful and inhumane transportation of Africans to different western countries by the Europeans to work on their plantations, build their colonies and act as slaves for the rich white elites thereby stripping African societies of their most virile members and thus created the first African diaspora in the Americas.
The Africans in this first diaspora were obviously sought after for their physical strength. For easy assimilation however, this paper will divide African diaspora into two major waves: The appalling collapse of the economies of most independent African nations has in recent times triggered another exodus from the continent.
This time, however, the emigration is voluntary. Today, African diaspora is a mixture of willing and forced migration from the African continent.
These Africans migrate from one continent to the other to seek for better education, employment, and better living condition. The voluntariness to migrate foreign lands, can be weighed against the backdrop of the absence of environment capable of offering its citizenry the opportunity for a meaningful existence.
The above assertion is true to an extent, but do all African migrants sojourn from their own home of origin because of lack of opportunities?
Their reason for seeking succour abroad varies from an individual to the other. Both Ifemelu and Obinze belong to the Nigerian middle class where the need to migrate is not brought on by 4 poverty but by the quest to experience something new somewhere else. Alexa, and the other guests, and perhaps even Georgina, all understood the fleeing from war, from the kind of poverty that crushed human souls, but they would not understand the need to escape from the oppressive lethargy of choicelessness.
They would not understand why people like him, who were raised well-fed and watered but mired in dissatisfaction, conditioned from birth to look towards somewhere else, eternally convinced that real lives happened in that somewhere else…none of them starving, or raped, or from burned villages, but merely hungry for choice and certainty pg, From her work we have got to realize that although their migration is voluntary, they all had their personal reasons for leaving the shores of Africa.
Thus, even though the crude and dilapidating condition of the African continent is a contributing factor to the reason why some of her sons and daughters leave their land of birth to the diaspora, it is however limiting to restrict their movement to this single biased opinion.
The African writer emerged as a true voice of Africa and Africans, and as the conscience of the society, boldly challenged unsustainable myths and stereotypes of Africa and Africans in the wider world.
African diasporic writers in general boldly and bluntly attack the ravages of colonialism on the continent of Africa and proceed to tell the story of the colonial encounter and its effects from the African point of view. Achebe, along with his contemporaries, who saw their roles as those of teachers, educators, and pace-setters, defended their sense of mission in a number of literary essays.
Perhaps what I write is applied art as distinct from pure.The chief characteristic features of the diasporic writings are the quest for identity, uprooting and re-rooting, insider and outsider syndrome, nostalgia, nagging sense of guilt etc.
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