EnglishShow more Africannoun1 sense 1 + English suffix -ist, designating a follower or adherent of (a philosophy), or forming an adjective.
A.nounAn African nationalist who advocates or supports a socio-political system based on Africanism. Also attributive.
1956New Age 5 July 1The cry ‘Azikwelwa’..has held together the longest and most complete boycott ever...Some of the boycotters, who are leading ‘Africanists’, have voiced the demand that the [bus] company abandon the route.
1958A. SampsonTreason Cage 87The Africanists believed that Africans must ‘go it alone’, and that they alone could achieve their own liberation.
1958A. SampsonTreason Cage 98The most formidable critics within Congress were the ‘Africanists’..their argument boiling down to the old cry of ‘Africa for the Africans’.
1978T.R.H. DavenportS. Afr.: Mod. Hist. 285Recriminations between the two wings, the leftists and the Africanists, resulted...At the Transvaal A.N.C. conference, in November 1958, Robert Sobukwe led a walk-out...In March 1959, the Pan-Africanist Congress was formed.
1988P. Lawrence inSaturday Star 9 July 11Africanists are sharply critical of the Freedom Charter, a document accepted by both the ANC and the UDF.
1990M. Ntsoelengoe inCity Press 4 Mar. 9Africanists throughout the world are commemorating the death of Robert Mangaliso ‘Wonderboy’ Sobukwe, who had a vision of a new non-racial South Africa.
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