African identity crisis.

Author:Sherwood, Marika
Position:Readers' views - Letter to the editor

Awula Serwah ("African Identity Crisis", NA, Aug-Sept) and Akua Djanie ("Move Over Naomi", Aug-Sept) raise very similar issues: the absolute necessity for Africans at home and in the diaspora to rid themselves of the myths of European superiority, in all their many forms.

So may I suggest that all should learn about the history of Africa prior to the devastations of the slave trade and colonialism? That in Africa, even if it is necessary for English/French to be the language used in schools, it is the "native" language that should be spoken at home.

That the histories of all the many peoples who were forced into those European-created countries should be collected and taught.

That in Africa male politicians and those in "middle-class jobs" should stop wearing European suits and tics!

That those living in England should demand that when the schools teach the "slave trade" (now on the national...

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