This is one of the major works of Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832–1912), a pioneer of Pan-Africanist ideas – that people of African descent share a common history and destiny. In this volume he argues for the positive effects of Islam in West Africa. Blyden was born in the Caribbean and moved to Liberia in 1850 after a US theological college barred him on racial grounds. In Liberia, he became a scholar, politician and newspaper editor.
- Article by:
- Professor Stephanie Newell, Dr Marion Wallace
West Africans made powerful use of writing and publishing to oppose colonialism and fight for independence. Since then, authors have not been reluctant to comment on the state of their nations and the world. Stephanie Newell (Yale University) and Marion Wallace (British Library) reflect on these developments.