ARTICLES BY G. Pascal Zachary

Just So Stories: Stories We Tell About Africa (And Those We Don’t)

G. Pascal Zachary


G. Pascal Zachary, author of Married to Africa, examines the narratives that construct our understanding of Africa including, of course, the concept of Africa as a unitary entity. Rather than contributing to our understanding of the diverse cultures, communities and political forces at work there, Zachary argues that these narratives render contemporary realities more opaque. Along the way, he examines an array of the figures who have shaped the discussion, including Rudyard Kipling, Robert Mugabe, Isak Dinesen, Yossou N’Dour, Langston Hughes, Kwame Nkrumah, Maya Angelou and LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte.