Definition of Africanism in English:


Syllabification: Af·ri·can·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈafrikəˌnizəm


  • 1A feature of language or culture regarded as characteristically African.
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    • So how might we see Africanisms, or African cultural traits, in the material record here?
    • While it recalls the Africanisms associated with adapting to new roles, language, and land, it also invigorates cultural consciousness.
    • In 1949, his seminal research in Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect detailed the ways African languages impacted American English.
  • 2The belief that black Africans and their culture should predominate in Africa.
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    • Narrow and all defined tribal loyalties are an obstacle towards embracing a broader sense of nationalism, Africanism, and democracy.
    • But they were not offering a black version of exclusive white South Africanism - whites as well as blacks were part of the nation.
    • Another aspect of their Africanism is intellectual, a conscious stance that systematically questions the Western perspective on reality.



noun & adjective
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  • ‘Why does nobody care about blacks’ was a recent headline in the self-professed Africanist magazine.
  • It has received extraordinary attention in the media and has brought contemporary African art to the notice of the non-Africanist museum and gallery goer while at the same time sparking lively discussion among Africanist art scholars.
  • Research activism of this kind was found most visibly in the attacks on diasporic Africanist scholars.

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