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AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 4, Number2. May  2020                                   Pp.  143 -156

Blyden’s Philosophy and Its Impact on West African Intellectuals: Case of J.E. Casely Hayford of the Gold Coast (Ghana)

Department of English
Faculty of Letters and Languages
Dialogue of Religions and Civilizations in the Mediterranean Basin Laboratory
Abou Bekr Belkaid University, Tlemcen, Algeria

Department of English
Faculty of Letters and Languages
Dialogue of Religions and Civilizations in the Mediterranean Basin Laboratory
Abou Bekr Belkaid University, Tlemcen, Algeria

Abstract:

This study examines the impact of Blyden’s philosophy on J.E. Casely Hayford of the Gold Coast (Ghana). It exposes Blyden’s ideas, a philosophy on Africans physical and intellectual emancipation, and points out the similarities in the thought of both men. Blyden toured different parts of West Africa and spoke with great intensity about the African problem and ways of its remedy. His ideas had a lot of influence at the time and precipitated the emergence of nationalist messiah who undertook a mission to redefine the African universe. This study examines the ideas and intellect of J.E.Casely Hayford and revealed that his thoughts were a potency of Edward Wilmot Blyden’s philosophy. An examination of his ideas reveals how Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford took an uncompromising stand against the derogatory and the glaring abuses of European colonialism. He shaped cultural nationalism that disdained the apparent repulsive and despotic colonial hegemony and fashioned a new outlook for fellow Africans to stand up as humans. This article concludes that Hayford, drawing on Blyden’s philosophy, succeeded in fashioning a culture of protest against all forms of black degradation and thus presented a continuity in black political thought that remained up to present.

Cite as:

Bouchemal, A.,&   Senouci,F. M. (2020). Blyden’s Philosophy and Its Impact on West African Intellectuals: Case of J.E. Casely Hayford of the Gold Coast (Ghana).  Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 4 (2) 143 -156.

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Ahmed Bouchemal holds a Magister degree in Commonwealth Literature and Civilization. He is an assistant teacher at the University of Djelfa, Algeria. Currently, he is preparing his PhD thesisat the university of Abou Bekr Belkaid , Tlemcen, Algeria. His major research interests are British history, cultural studies, commonwealth history. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3422-1656

Prpf. Faiza Meberbeche Senouci is a senior lecturer at the University of Tlemcen, department of English. Currently, she is in charge of different courses. Her major interests are Pan-African History, American civilization, Culture, Identity and Religion. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5153-9987