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Humanities 2019, 8(1), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8010034

A Proposal for Afro-Hispanic Peoples and Culture as General Studies Course in African Universities

Department of Modern European Languages, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka 0000, Nigeria
Received: 26 November 2018 / Revised: 29 January 2019 / Accepted: 18 February 2019 / Published: 23 February 2019
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Abstract

After centuries of denial, suppression and marginalization, the contributions of Afro-Hispanics/Latinos to the arts, culture, and the Spanish spoken in the Americas is gradually gaining recognition as Afro-descendants pursue their quest for visibility and space in Spanish America. Hand in hand with this development is the young generation of Afro-Latinos who, are proud to identify with the black race. Ironically, the young African student has very little knowledge of the presence and actual situation of Afro-descendants in Spanish-speaking America. This is because many African universities still follow the old colonial system which excludes knowledge of the presence and cultures of the once enslaved Africans in the Spanish speaking world. Thus, while Afro-descendants are fighting for visibility and recognition in Spanish America, they remain almost invisible in the African continent. The aim of this paper is to propose a curriculum, Afro-Hispanic Peoples and Culture, as a general studies course in African universities. Such a curriculum would create in Africa the much-needed visibility and contributions of Afro-descendants in Spanish-speaking America, and also foster collaborative works between young African academics and their counterparts in the Americas. View Full-Text
Keywords: Afro-Hispanic peoples and culture; general studies; Afro-Hispanic visibility; mestizaje; African Universities Afro-Hispanic peoples and culture; general studies; Afro-Hispanic visibility; mestizaje; African Universities
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