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Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch

Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya.

Abstract
This article examines the multifaceted ways in which Es‟kia Mphahlele interprets the lived experiences of Africans during the apartheid South Africa through his trope of African Humanism. The article demonstrates how Mphahlele foregrounds his philosophised African Humanism to project both a nuanced and blatant continuum of the dehumanisation of Africans in a polarised apartheid system. Mphahlele‟s In Corner B illustrates a thematic inflection of his idea of African Humanism and thus highlights the need to ventilate on the raw verities of Africans living under a repressive and racialised system - a system fixated on obliterating the identity and dignity of Africans, and also Mphahlele‟s intent to humanise and somewhat valourise Africans in a dehumanising milieu. Purely qualitative in approach and undergirded by a dual theoretical framework, this article develops a nexus between African Humanism and Afrocentricity in order to demonstrate how the two theoretical approaches assume their distinctive texture in Mphahlele‟s commentary on and consequent protest against the dehumanisation and juniorisation of Africans, a tact which ultimately draws Africans from the periphery to the centre of the discourse on identity and being, decoloniality and agency.

Key words: Afrocentricity, African Humanism, African identity, African agency, dehumanisation, decoloniality


 
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Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya. Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch. JCR. 2021; 8(2): 367-378. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41


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Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya. Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch. http://www.jcreview.com/?mno=71868 [Access: May 30, 2021]. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41


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Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya. Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch. JCR. 2021; 8(2): 367-378. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41



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Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya. Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch. JCR. (2021), [cited May 30, 2021]; 8(2): 367-378. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41



Harvard Style

Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya (2021) Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch. JCR, 8 (2), 367-378. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41



Turabian Style

Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya. 2021. Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch. Journal of Critical Reviews, 8 (2), 367-378. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41



Chicago Style

Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya. "Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch." Journal of Critical Reviews 8 (2021), 367-378. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya. "Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch." Journal of Critical Reviews 8.2 (2021), 367-378. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Moffat Sebola, Mphoto Mogoboya (2021) Es’kia Mphahlele’s In Corner B: Humanising Africans in a Dehumanising Epoch. Journal of Critical Reviews, 8 (2), 367-378. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.41