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Title:
Ubuntu AND THE PROLETARIANISATION OF THE AFRICAN PEASANTRY IN CHIDZERO'S Nzvengamutsvairo (1957)

Authors:
Dr. Evans Mandova


Volume - 2 Issue - 9, Pages - 4441-4451

Abstract:
This article is an exegesis of how Chidzero conceptualises and depicts the African communitarian worldview of ubuntu (humanity to others) in Nzvengamutsvairo with the view to examining whether or not the writer's portrayal and understanding of ubuntu helps Africa's socio-cultural and political liberation. The African worldview of ubuntu celebrates virtues central to mutual social responsibility, mutual respect, trust, self-reliance, caring, among other attributes. The article attempts to ascertain the extent to which Chidzero's Nzvengamutsvairo is rooted in the African indigenous worldview of ubuntu. It dissects the writer's strengths and weaknesses in depicting ubuntu worldview. In that regard, the research assesses the extent to which the writer's vision of ubuntu is progressive and liberating. The research contends that the harmony that Chidzero advocates between the blacks and the whites during colonial epoch benefits the whites who are experiencing labour shortages. This research argues that Chidzero's conceptualisation of ubuntu and the proletarianisation of the African peasantry in Nzvengamutsvairo is not rooted in the African communitarian worldview of ubuntu and it does not promote Shona literature which is utilitarian.

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[Mandova, Evans. "Ubuntu AND THE PROLETARIANISATION OF THE AFRICAN PEASANTRY IN CHIDZERO'S Nzvengamutsvairo (1957)." International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 2, no. 9, 2017, pp. 4441-4451. September.]

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