She goes everywhere in frock, boots with an umbrella and a lorgnette. The Blinkards by Kobina Sekyi. So when he set down to work and began wearing native dresses and eat native foods they became disappointed in him. Ghana , Play , Rating: I guess the problem is everywhere. They anglicized their local names into English such that you can hear Koomson, Blankson, Menson etc. The Blinkards – a play and The Anglo-Fanti – a short story.
A friend of mine Henry Ajumeze – a Poet – in a discussion about globalisation – said that globalisation is about what you take to the table and not what you only take from it. In , Sekyi qualified as a barrister, and was awarded an MA in philosophy. Posted by Nana Fredua-Agyeman at I’m not a literature tutor. However, there were many Africans who also came to a similar disillusionment when they saw England; yet, these group began to accept these disconcerting matters as incidental to civilisation. Notify me of new posts via email. The Blinkards is a satirical play written in English and interspersed with Fanti all the Fantis have been translated on the left hand side of the page or the even-numbered pages. Doing a great jop….
By considering the different social classes represented, the paper will question the concept of tradition, and the ideal past that most satires hearken to Ball. Yes, it is that serious.
Apart from the author being a Fanti and hailing from Cape Coast, Cape Coast was the first point of introduction to colonial rule. Apparently what they expected is pizza or pasta or fried rice.
Doing a great jop…. If you love a narrative novel I will recommend this to x. Like The Blinkards, this story concerns blind assimilation of European culture. His family were all expecting him to behave like an European.
Political Satire – Afrikult.
Marie 29 October at Class differences are a recurrent theme in literature. Nana Fredua-Agyeman 13 November at This book is realy the boom! Whilst there he realised that London was not all that they say it is.
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Others made it their duty to show him “the blnikards. Are you sure we aren’t ourselves currently copying them left right and centre? Nana Fredua-Agyeman 3 February at However, a fellow student Nigerian persuaded him to give up English Literature in favour of Philosophy.
Onyimdze – a lawyer who avoided anything European except those that are germane to the execution of his profession such as the wearing of black satirucal and white curled wigs. The Blinkards and the Anglo-Fante is certainly an awesome book that throws more light on the attachment of the African to all things English. Satirkcal about a boy who was brought up to become an aficionado of European mannerisms, while shunning African culture.
On the voyage out his boat, the SS Falaba, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and some lives were lost. Social Hierarchy and the Performance of Class in Literature.
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In fact the Anglo-Fante short story was published in the As Africans we do not have to copy foreign mannerisms but rather stick and beleave in our culture. A detailed analyses watirical character roles and characters are the responsibilities of literature students like yourself. He was called to the Bar from the Inner Temple in Are other cultures at a threat from European culture? Both stories took place in Cape Coast and the setting is very significant to the story.
Amy 28 October at As Ghanaians we look at ourselves in the mirror and we don’t like the fact that we were born Blihkards. It was this incident that had a profound effect on him, confirming his rejection of European pretensions to superiority.
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Following this path and by his hard work he got a scholarship to London where he studied Law. Nana Fredua-Agyeman 4 April at Posted by Nana Fredua-Agyeman at I would say that I can’t even imagine Cultural imperialism is in many ways a sagirical insidious thing than the economic kind.
You are right – there is beauty in diversity and I hope that we all realize that before globalization has changed too much. The Africans has been tought to unlearn their own culture and embrace the western one. He got furious but calmed down when he was told that it was the ways of the Europeans for blinjards bridegroom’s father to purchase the clothes for the bride and bridegroom.
The play is a comedy of manners; it is often read as a satire of blind social climbing and pretense that act to the detriment of tradition.
It’s sad to think that people wouldn’t want to learn their local languages. The story is deep and borders on several aspects of our lives.
Anonymous 13 November at Notify me of new posts via email. Nana Fredua-Agyeman 29 October at InSekyi qualified as a barrister, and was awarded an MA in philosophy. I think we have the same situation in our day, with the shift tilting toward all things American.