By Basil Davidson
This article is designed for college students getting ready for O point historical past, supplying an exam of a few of the main tendencies and occasions in West African background from advert 1000-1800.
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From the early 1950s onward, to put it differently, Nkumbula shifted repeatedly between two levels of political discourse and principles of affiliation. By foregrounding the polyvalence and plasticity of Nkumbula’s thought, this chapter seeks to go beyond formalist, evolutionary approaches (the “tribe to nation” axiom of the 1960s and 1970s) with a view to presenting a more profound and historically grounded analysis of the contradictory forces and motives that shaped the pattern of his political engagement in the early 1950s.
How can Northern Rhodesia with its big African Chieftainships growing in size and power be amalgamated with a country where African Chieftainships have less or no power at all? The policy of the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia is to make Southern Rhodesia a WHITE MAN’S COUNTRY. How can you amalgamate Northern Rhodesia, a country of BOTH Black and White, with a country which is purely white? ” But the boundaries of his imagined constituency were even broader than that, for he scorned the many white people who PRETEND to know and understand all about the Bantu.
50 Nkumbula did well at Makerere. 55 While Nkumbula worked hard at the Institute of Education—on April 4, 1948, for instance, he wrote to Gore-Browne at “2 in the morning,” complaining about the obscurity of “Dewey’s book on Democracy and Education . . Every day my sleeping hours are decreasing and it cannot be helped—the work is got to be done”56—his later performance at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he matriculated in October 1948,57 left much to be desired. ”59 In the summer of 1949, Nkumbula failed his intermediate examinations and was recalled to Northern Rhodesia shortly thereafter.