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East Africa and then Madagascar. Malagasy is not an African language—it is in fact Austronesian, and its closest acknowledged linguistic relative is in this way in today’s Kalimantan, Indonesia. 41 In this way, just as there is no point in denying the power of colonial processes of creolisation, there

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Journal for African Culture and Society
Matatu is a peer-reviewed journal on African literatures and societies dedicated to interdisciplinary dialogue between literary and cultural studies, historiography, the social sciences and cultural anthropology.
Matatu is animated by a lively interest in African culture and literature (including the Afro-Caribbean) that moves beyond worn-out clichés of “cultural authenticity” and “national liberation” towards critical exploration of African modernities. The East African public transport vehicle from which Matatu takes its name is both a component and a symbol of these modernities: based on “Western” (these days usually "Asian") technology, it is a vigorously African institution; it is usually regarded with some anxiety by those travelling in it, but is often enough the only means of transport available; it creates temporary communicative communities and provides a transient site for the exchange of news, storytelling, and political debate.
Matatu is firmly committed to supporting democratic change in Africa, to providing a forum for interchanges between African and European critical debates, to overcoming notions of absolute cultural, ethnic, or religious alterity, and to promoting transnational discussion on the future of African societies in a wider world.

Matatu was published as book series until the end of 2015. All back volumes are still available in print.

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Emenyonu (ed.), War in African Literature Today , (Ibadan: HEBN , 2008): xi. 3 John Mcleod, Beginning Postcolonialism (Manchester: Manchester UP , 2000): 18. 4 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Decolonizing the Mind (Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers Ltd: 1986):160. 5 Ann E. Kaplan, Looking for the

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blowing in full force. On our subcontinent we began to hear of such men as Nelson Mandela and Albert Luthuli, Seretse Khama in Botswana, Joshua Nkomo of the then Southern Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) and Kenneth Kaunda of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. From East Africa we heard and read about Dr Julius

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