African Anarchism: The History of a Movement by Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey

By Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey

The 1st booklet at the subject. Covers anarchistic components in conventional African societies, African communalism, “African socialism,” and the after-effects of colonialism.

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Her father was a pundit, she said. And he was fwsy; he didn't like having too much to do with the low. And here-since her face was too old to be molded into any ex­ pression save one of great weariness--the old lady used her shriveled little hand to make a gentle gesture of disdain. The disdain was for the low among Hindw. My father's sister had spent all her life in Trinidad; bu t in her caste vision no other community mattered or properly existed. She took the story back to her father's mother.

My very particularity-which was the subject sitting on my shoulder-had been encum­ bering me. The English or French writer of my age had grown up in a world that was more or less explained. He wrote against a background of knowledge. I couldn't be a writer in the �e way, because to be a colonial, as I was, was to be spared knowledge. It was to live in an intellectually re- Prologue to an Autobiography 19 stricted world; it was to accept those restrictions. And the restrictions could become attractive.

He had got a job with an oil company, and there he had stayed. That was the letdown for me: that Bogart, the adventurer, with his own idea of the Spanish Main, should have lived a life of routine for rwenty-five years. He would still have been in that job, he said, if it hadn't been for a malevolent negro. The negro, raised to a little au­ thority and rendered vicious, tormented him. In the end B� gart left the job, with a reduced gratuity. He was glad to leave. That life hadn't really been satisfactory, he said.

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