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The African National Anthem, "Nkosi Sikelel
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The African National Anthem, "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika"

A Pragmatic Linguistic Analysis (First Edition)
By Abdul Karim Bangura

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-857-1, 108 pages


This book entails a pragmatic analysis of the African National Anthem, "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika," within a linguistic framework. By delineating the pragmatic features of the anthem, its philosophical symbolic meanings are teased out. This is important because symbols are critical in promoting social integration, fostering legitimacy, inducing loyalty, gaining compliance, and providing citizens with security and hope. Political symbols are also used as tools to address the contradictions of national consciousness and nation-building, nationhood, ideal governance, socioeconomic organization, and foreign policy preferences.

The African National Anthem, "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica" is divided into seven chapters:

  • Historical Background and Various Versions of "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika"
  • On Meaning
  • Deixis
  • Presuppositions
  • Implicatures
  • Speech Acts
  • Conclusions

Abdul Karim Bangura holds Ph.D.s in political science, development economics, linguistics, computer science, and mathematics. Dr. Bangura is a professor of research methodology and political science at Howard University, and a researcher-in-residence at the Center for Global Peace in the School of International Service at American University. The author of 75 books and over 600 scholarly articles, Dr. Bangura won the prestigious 2012 Cecil B. Curry Book Award for African Mathematics: From Bones to Computers.

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Islamic Civilization, Amity, Equanimity and Tranquility: Analyzing and Inventing Peace Paradigms, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Strategies
Law, Politics, and African Americans in Washington, DC
Social-Economic Trends in Washington, DC
Gender and Ethnicity in Washington, DC
United States Congress Versus Apartheid
Fettered -tions and -isms
African-Centered Research Methodologies: From Ancient Times to the Present
Fractal Complexity in the Works of Major Black Thinkers: Volume One
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A Comprehensive Introduction to Research Methods (Volume 1): Quantitative Methods: Volume 1: Quantitative Methods
Fractal Complexity in the Works of Major Black Thinkers: Volume Three