Decolonizing the Mind-Politics of Language in African Literature

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at how Nguii wa Thiong’s `Decolonizing the Mind` illustrates the politics of language in African Literature.

`Thiong’o goes into great detail in describing his oversimplified view of the correlation between language and culture. He claims that language is a carrier of culture, and uses the example that in Sweden and Denmark, English is only used to communicate with those who cannot speak their language. However, in Britain, the English language is not only a means of communication, but also a carrier of its culture and history. For Africans, there is no relationship between their acquired language `English, and their African culture. Thiong’o defines culture as a product and a reflection of human beings communicating with one another in the very struggle to create wealth and control it” a product of the history which it in turn reflects. ”

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