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date: 18 November 2019

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In 2005 the African Union declared the diaspora ‘the sixth region of the continent’. While this was a welcome move, it was also clear that the AU’s understanding of the term ‘diaspora’ was fuzzy at best and was driven predominantly by an economic model. This chapter looks at Africa’s diverse diasporas—both internal to the continent, such as the Indians of East Africa, and externally, such as in Brazil or Liverpool—in order to argue that there is no direct correlation between blackness, diaspora and Africanness, and that whatever identification there might be between the continent and its diasporas depends essentially on the now endangered project of pan-Africanism.

Keywords: Diaspora, blackness, Liverpool, Brazil, West Africa, Pan-Africanism

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