About: Our Podcast Title

Why (Re)membering Rwanda?

The title for our podcast was inspired by the book Re-membering Africa by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. He includes the dash between “re” and “membering” to call attention to the fact that Africa and African people were literally dismembered — the African continent was carved up and dismembered due to European colonialism, African leaders were beheaded and killed in the violence of colonialism. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o emphasizes the fact that rememberance in the context of Africa must include a literal re-membering: making the literal and metaphorical bodies of Africans whole. The parentheticals in our podcast title serve a similar purpose, and highlights the multifaceted process of memory and remembrance.

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