Ebrahim's Predicament

Ricard, Alain
March 1992
Research in African Literatures;Spring1992, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p175
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article discusses the efforts of Tanzania in the production of a national literature in the national language, through an emphasis on the contributions made by Tanzanian playwright Ebrahim Hussein. Ebrahim's first play "Kinjeketile" became a landmark of Tanzanian theater, and clearly answered the popular appeal for artists to place their talent at the service of the state. The descendant of an old Arab family from Lindi on the Tanzanian coast, Ebrahim belongs to a generation, whose mother tongue is Kiswahili, even though his own grandparents probably still spoke Arabic. His choice of language is not, therefore, an ideological statement but rather the expression of his own minority situation.


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