Wole Soyinka on Africa’s Role in the Slave Trade

At TheRoot.com, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka discusses Africa’s role in the slave trade in the two-part series, “Between Truth and Indulgences:”

“The process of the independence struggle had already thrown up ominous signs of human inequities that would bedevil a newly liberated entity — a familiar tendency toward self-attrition, once the external enemy is gone. I staged the play on the “Fringe,” as it were, and still partook in other events that marked the Great Day. I experienced no contradiction in all this — to participate in the insertion of a landmark event in national consciousness, yet exhume a shameful, glossed-over history as a warning for the future. That history was that of African’s culpability in the enslavement of her own kind.”

Read the rest: Between Truth and Indulgences

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