By Ernest N. Emenyonu

Because the moment 1/2 the 20 th century, no unmarried phenomenon has marred the picture and improvement of Africa greater than mindless fratricidal wars which speedily the political independence of countries. This factor of African Literature this day is dedicated to reports of ways African writers, as ancient witnesses, have dealt with the sport of conflict as a cataclysmic phenomenon in a variety of destinations at the continent. The individuals discover the topic from numerous views: panoramic, nearby, nationwide and during comparative experiences. struggle has enriched modern African literature, yet at what cost to human lives, peace and the surroundings? ERNEST EMENYONU is Professor of the dept of Africana reviews college of Michigan-Flint. The members comprise: CHIMALUM NWANKWO, CHRISTINE MATZKE, CLEMENT A. OKAFOR, INIBONG I. UKO, OIKE MACHIKO, SOPHIE OGWUDE, MAURICE TAONEZVI VAMBE, ZOE NORRIDGE and ISIDORE DIALA. Nigeria: HEBN

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5 Note that Eritreans are usually addressed by their first name, the second being the forename of the father rather than a ‘surname’ as in western usage. 6 Until recently, the manuscript of Anqetsi was considered lost in the field. In January 2003, however, while reading a draft chapter of my research, Solomon Tsehaye, a senior cultural officer and then Head of Literature, was convinced that I had somehow unearthed the play. Questioning the playwright confirmed the find. Renamed as Tsälot Nedhmet Hezbi Ertrea (Pray for the Safety of the Eritrean People) by an apparently unknown author, the play had been in the Asmara Research and Documentation Centre (RDC) all along, just one floor below Alemseged’s own spacious office.

University of Leeds, 2001. Interviews Alemseged Tesfai, playwright, lawyer, historian. Rec. interview in English, 22 February 2000, Asmara, Eritrea. Interviewer: Christine Matzke (CM), transcript: Mussie Tesfagiorgis (MT). Solomon Tsehaye, Head of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Education. Rec. interview in English, 4 August 2000, Asmara, Eritrea. Interviewer/transcript: CM. Weyni Tewolde, actress, PFDJ Cultural Affairs. Rec. interview in English/Tigrinya, 29 February 2000, Asmara, Eritrea.

Weyni Tewolde, actress, PFDJ Cultural Affairs. Rec. interview in English/Tigrinya, 29 February 2000, Asmara, Eritrea. Interviewer: CM, translator: Tesfazghi Ukubazghi, transcript: MT. Sacrifice & the Contestation of Identity in Chukwuemeka Ike’s Sunset at Dawn Clement A. Okafor Nation states are analogous to human beings; they are conceived and are born after an appropriate gestation period. Thereafter, their parents and well-wishers watch them with keen interest as they grow from infancy to adolescence in the hope that the young nations will survive to mature old age.

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