Research Journal in Advanced Humanities 2021-03-05T20:42:07+00:00 Dickson Adom Open Journal Systems <p style="text-align: justify;">Part of Royallite Global, <strong>Research Journal in Advanced Humanities</strong> is a peer-reviewed pluridisciplinary journal which publishes original research in the breadths of humanity subjects such as languages, literature, philosophy, history, human geography, law, politics, religion and art (visual arts, drama and music).</p> Racial and textual translation through signifyin(g) and eshu in Ika Hügel-Marshall’s Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany (2008) 2020-12-25T20:04:58+00:00 José Endoença Martins <p>This study outlines the “<em>call and response</em>” process, by means of which African-German Ika Hügel-Marshall’s (2012) autobiography <em>Daheim unterwegs: Ein deutsches Leben</em> and its English version <em>Invisible Woman: Growing up Black in Germany</em> (2008) establish translational dialogues through both interraciality and intertextuality. Racially, both entanglement and separation between white Germany and black America is under analysis; linguistically, both disentanglement and harmony between German and English languages invites study. The emphasis on interraciality and intertextuality helps us see translation as conversation between two racialized worlds (Germany/USA) and two specific literary products (source/target texts). The analysis of Marshall’s translation highlights her dealing with black and white values, through the notions <em>Negriceness</em>, <em>Negritude</em> and <em>Negriticeness</em>; the study of the narrative’s rendition emphasizes manipulations of source and target languages through the concepts <em>Paralatio</em>, <em>Similatio </em>and <em>Translatio</em>.</p> 2020-12-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 José Endoença Martins Navigating diaspora: An experience of female characters of African descent in selected novels by African female writers 2021-02-21T16:31:47+00:00 Gloria Ajami Makokha <p>The emigration of female characters of African descent in Adichie’s <em>Americanah</em>, Mbue’s <em>Behold the Dreamers</em>, Unigwe’s <em>On Black Sisters’ Street</em> and Darko’s <em>Beyond the Horizon </em>from Africa to Europe and the United States of America is initially filled with hope for their perceived utopian world. Leaving what was their home for the better part of their lives, places they would easily identify with, to alien borders in which they would have to restart their lives excited them. This feeling results from a state of ‘double consciousness’, described by postcolonial theorists as a perception of the world divided between two antagonistic cultures. The female characters’ perception of the first world as ideal counters their perception of Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon as homes which have not provided a sense of fulfilment to their lives, thus prompting emigration from their respective indigenous homes to the first world. This paper entails an analytical discussion of the relationships among female characters of African descent and other characters as a way of negotiating their stay in diaspora. This paper is guided by concepts of Sisterhood as argued by Rosezellle and bell hooks; and concepts of postcolonial theory including unhomeliness and othering as articulated by Bhabha and Spivak.</p> 2021-03-05T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Gloria Ajami Makokha Nature worship in the digital age: A case of Omabala clan in Anambra State in South East Nigeria 2021-03-05T20:42:07+00:00 Chinelo Ude-Akpeh <p>The study examined the patronage of nature worship in the digital age with focus on Omabala clan in Anambra State. It is premised on the fact that nature worship still holds sway in the digital and Christian-dominated society. Five research questions guided the study which employed a survey design. The population was the Omabala clan scattered in four LGAs in Anambra State. 100 respondents drawn using convenient sampling formed the sample. Data were elicited by means of a researcher-designed questionnaire tagged ‘Female Nature Worship Questionnaire’ (FENAWOQ). The percentage was used for data analysis. The findings revealed among others that the most popular form of nature worship in the area is water worship and that nature worshippers employ digital devices and other mass media in their operations – an indication that African Traditional Religion (ATR) moves with the times. Also, most water worship centres are presided over by women in spite of the male-dominated society. It was equally observed that the major reason African Traditional Religion (ART) thrives in the area despite the spread of Christianity is due to the life-threatening challenges the people face. The study concludes that the potency of ATR is still upheld by adherents, Christianization notwithstanding.</p> 2021-03-05T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Chinelo Ude-Akpeh