By Haan, de (ed.), Engel, (ed.), Chabal

To stimulate the exploration of African initiative and creativity past rapid socio-economic and political conditions this publication demonstrates that societies in Africa have consistently confirmed the power to barter no matter what constraining ecological, monetary and political situations they confronted.

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Za). In former Zaire, in the 1970s and the 1980s, the great name of local literature was that of Zamenga Batukezanga, a novelist and philanthropist. He became the founder of an association to help the handicapped and was greatly respected for his social work. His books—narratives, novels—became well known inside his country but largely unknown outside. He was a perfect example of the writer practicing his craft to generate moral action, and he was doing it in French, verifying the remark that the language distinction is less salient in such works (Barber and Furniss 2006: 13) and that what is important is the local readership.

Dar es Salaam: Publishing House. Kunene, D. 1989. Thomas Mofolo and the Emergence of Written Sesotho Prose. Johannesburg: Ravan Press. Mnyampala, M. 1965. Diwani ya Mnyampala. Amsha, Dar es Salaam: Eastern Africa Publications. Mofolo, T. 2003 (1907). Moeti oa Bochabela. Morija: Morija Sesuto Book Depot, 1907. (French original translation, L’homme qui marchait vers le soleil levant, translated by V. Ellenberger. Bordeaux: Con¬uences). —— 1910. Pitseng. Morija: Morija Sesuto Book Depot. —— 1981 (1926).

LAND AND THE POLITICS OF BELONGING IN AFRICA 47 collapsing Ïrst- and late-comer status with ethnic boundaries. They were content to attach the label of ‘natives’ to an entire ethnic group in a given area, and left it to the chiefs and lineage heads to sort out the micro-politics of belonging. Although these micro-politics were an on-going process, colonial rule did in some ways contribute to the reiÏcation of the boundaries between Ïrst-comers and late-comers which had been established by the early twentieth century.

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