Research

Journal Article (under review)

Henaku, Nancy. Rhetoric, Power and Political Crisis: A Rhetorical Discourse Analysis of Ghana’s 2012 Presidential Election Petition. African Journal of Rhetoric (see article here).

Conference Proceedings

Henaku, Nancy. Decolonial Visions in Mid-20th Century African Rhetoric: Perspectives from Kwame Nkrumah’s Consciencism. Under review for Conference Proceedings titled Turbulent Africa: Exploitation, Colonialism, and Postcolonial Misrule, edited by Kenneth Kalu and Toyin Falola. (Publication: November, 2018. See here)

To draw attention to 20th century African Rhetoric, this work examines Kwame Nkrumah’s Consciencism for its theoretical contributions to contemporary discourses on decoloniality. The analysis identifies four decolonial moves in Consciencism: a critique of the universalist outlook of Western epistemology; an emphasis on the significance of an ideology that connects philosophy with morality in the African decolonial project; argument for socialism as the best ideology for Africa as well as suggestions that socialism is indigenous to traditional African societies; and finally, argument for a pluriversal African society that emphasizes the harmonization of the three significant components of contemporary African societies. The chapter further argues for reinterpretation of the archive of African liberation rhetoric and its transnational connectivities.

Refereed Book Chapters (under review)

Henaku, Nancy. Paradoxes of State Feminism in the Postcolony: An Appeal for Feminist Vigilance. Feminist Vigilance, edited by Patty Sotirin, Victoria Bergvall, and Diane Shoos.
Henaku, Nancy. Transnational African Women as Voices of Conscience: Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy, Adichie’s Americanah and Sefi Atta’s A Bit of Difference”. Women Writing Diaspora: Transnational Perspectives in the 21st Century, edited by Rose Sackeyfio
Henaku, Nancy (with Ruby Pappoe). African Rhetoric as an Emergent Subfield: A Review of Literature and Reflections on Critical Issues, Companion to African Rhetoric, edited by Segun Ige. (Read more about the Companion and our abstract here).