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Extended family as lineage in the African worldview refers to a line of generations of African people connected together by the same ancestor, history, culture, and land. In his novel Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe calls connections among African people kinship ties. This extended family or lineage will fall apart when connections among African women, men, and children are severed.

The severance of African people from one another is compared to fingers separated from the hand in Two Thousand Seasons, by Ayi Kwei Armah. A separate finger is called an entity unto itself. African people are in this situation today—separated like fingers from one another, scattered all over the world, and often unaware of their connections as an extended family or lineage. In this ...

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