The African Literary Journals have rightly come with new integrative and indigenous approaches to Africa in spite of the cultural myopia of western critics. The so-called minority nations may yet become major streams in the estuary of global cultures. Such imaginative approach to Africa’s development issues being the cardinal point of IRCALC’s formation has therefore informed the selection of presentations for the B4 and 5 editions of the literary journals.
Here again the onus on literature to turn the searchlight on African thought is so striking that a great deal of entries have dwelt on Afrocentric literary aesthetics. But this is no less surprising in itself. Recall that early recognition accorded writings from the continent had come from Africa centred efforts of such foremost writers as Leopold Senghor, Laye Camara, and Chinua Achebe.
Reading further, the post colonial rhetoric continues with echoes of political commitment, with both being twin issues in African developmental discourse. Probably the highpoint of these journals of African re- imagining has been the overarching signification of the folk literatures of Africa in a manner of cultural celebration often taken by the west as belonging in the past but now surfacing with an energy that recognises the immediate relevance of this cherished but neglected part of African literary culture.
In spite of the exuberance of our efforts, nevertheless, the collections in these journals can only whet the appetite for the imaginative chronicle of Africa’s literary progress since the past decades.
African Literary Journal B5
The African Literary Journal ALJ B5 sets the stage for future literary appreciation which studies the literary, social and political realities of developing nations. The exclusivity of disciplines of the early school appears to be replaced by a concept that anchors on a more imaginative approach to disciplinary relations where borders seem to merge in their treatment of contemporary problems such as feminism, or sexual discrimination, politics, nation building, literacy and culture. This volume of critical illuminations has sought to prove, against the backdrop of modern attitudes toward literatures coming from nations deemed “ethnic minorities,” that literature in Africa has lived up to the challenges of the growing esthetic imagination to form an active, refreshing part of world cultural discourse.
African Literary Journal B4
Toward the imaginative approach to Africa’s development issues is the focus of IRCALCs B4 edition of the African Literary Journal. ALJ B4 comes with a new integrative and indigenous approach to Africa. The so-called minority nations may yet become major streams in the estuary of global politics, say the editors in their preface to the journal volume. With the emphasis on African oral literatures, Mbunda and Ce write on birth songs of Cameroonian women performers and riddle contests of youth artistes from Nigeria respectively in a manner that recognises the immediate relevance of this greatly cherished but neglected part of African literary aesthetics. In spite of the exuberance of editorial efforts, however, the collections in this edition may only whet the appetite for the imaginative chronicle of Africa’s progress in the last decade.