Narrative Jiu-Jitsu

  • Sebabatso C. Manoeli
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


The chapter reveals how the Nimeiri administration’s reputational upper hand waned, and how the new Southern-led Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and Army (SPLM/A) gained a measure of international legitimacy in the 1980s. It argues that this was due to a confluence of three factors: Sudan’s diplomatic and discursive failures, Ethiopia’s diplomatic and material support and the SPLM’s narrative innovations. In particular, through a close examination of the SPLM’s Manifesto, the chapter argues that the SPLM’s new narrative reconfigured the discursive terrain of the “Southern Problem”. Moreover, it enabled the Movement to construct a progressive and credible image abroad to the very audiences the Sudanese government relinquished.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebabatso C. Manoeli
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  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew York CityUSA

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