Shaping Modern Afric The And A Grain Of Wheat, And Tsitsi Dangarembga 's Nervous Conditions Guide

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Shaping Modern Africa
Europeans sailed to Africa and started the colonization in the late 19th century. Along with Christianity, the Europeans left a major impact on the social and cultural life of Africa. Chinua Achebe’s Arrow of God, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat, and Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions guide readers through the timeline of the African states from pre-colonial toward its fall. The government of Africa is varied before the arrival of Europeans, there were kingdoms like Mali or Songhai, there was democratic rule, and there was egalitarian societies like Nigeria where Achebe comes from. The concept of egalitarian is that everyone is equal: there are no rulers, no political structure, and there is a religion that ties the people together (Coffey). Arrow of God is set in Umuaro, a land consisted of six villages: Umuachala, Umunneora, Umuagu, Umuezeani, Umuogwugwu, and Umuisiuzo (Achebe 13). Each village had their own deity until the slave raid of Abame’s soldiers. They then decided to create a common deity to tie people together against Abame, and “from that day they were never again beaten by an enemy” (Achebe 13). Another significant point about egalitarian is that everyone has equal access to resources. Akuebue mentioned the story of his daughter, Udenkwo and her cock. A man can get any of his wives’ resources if he needs to, as told in this story by Akuebue. With no rulers, people decide on politic by the opinions of the majority. For example,…

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