An authentic representation of independent and individual voices united by African values and traditions whose writings have no echoes of inferiority complex, are rich in theosophy or philosophy, romanticise an eternal love for Africa, lash out at the crop of failed leaders and followers, diagnose the key to the prosperity of the black race and praise those who did Africa or the world proud.
With contributors from eight African countries, the anthology prides itself on fine poetry, which consigns to the rubbish bin once and for all the thesis that views the generation of all new African poets as naïve and lacking craft, a kind of virgin’s joke one hears quite too often these days. It is a group of poets experimenting with a vast pool of poetic styles and forms never seen before. The anthology has proved that negritude is tigritude. Negritude is the celebration of black, black pride, black beauty, Africa and African cultural heritage. Much of the anthology seems to have this in mind. But, whereas the concept of negritude was applied in the former French-speaking African countries with an inferiority complex as an attempt to invent a past for a colonised people who never had history and traditions, unlike English-speaking Africa, who never lost their identities and often extended their tribes as media of cultural expression, the underlying intention in this anthology of poetry appears to be the celebration of African values and traditions which have proved for ages to be helpful and enduring even in the current world order.