Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Eight Principles of Pious Prodigality in African Studies

(1) Say something horrible about Africa.
(2) Dress up your tongue to mystify knowledge: speak a language that is not yours.
(3) Theory does: there are spices from Derrida to Bhabha.
(4) Don't smell native.
(5) Squander yourself in others like yourself.
(6) Insist on getting lost.
(7) Don't investigate; it is already in your head.
(8) Return to your father only when you find that you cannot swine your identity in spite of your stomach.


-- Obododimma Oha.