Patrice Lumumba shortly before his murder.
Rather than lecture at you on Wednesday about the history of Zimbabwe, I’ve decided we’ll screen a documentary on the decolonization of Africa. On Friday we’ll learn something about Zimbabwe specifically, and discuss the opening chapters of Nervous Conditions.
The film I have in mind for Wednesday is episode 7 (“The Rise of Nationalism”) of Basil Davidson‘s Africa: A Voyage of Discovery (1984). In it you’ll see some of the major players of the independence struggle, including Amilcar Cabral, the tragic figure of Patrice Lumumba, and a younger, even-toned Robert Mugabe.
Al Jazeera is running a series of short films on African Decolonization, noting that 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the independence of 17 African nations:
In lieu of a mini-lecture on South African apartheid, here are my notes. Be advised these are very spare.
Roughly 75 percent of the population are Black. Bantu speakers are the largest language group. Others: Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho-Tswane. Less than 15 percent of pop. is white (Dutch and British descent). 3 percent Asian (primarily Indian). The remainder, 9 percent, are “colored”– ie. mixed.