Staying on or going ‘home’
Settlers’ decisions upon Zambian independence
in Empire, migration and identity in the British world
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This chapter focuses on a small number of individuals who remained in Zambia after Independence, and tries to capture their motivations for staying on. The settlers who stayed on in Africa after Independence have not received much scholarly attention. The post-independence period saw a number of whites take on prominent roles within the political or judicial spheres, often as members of African political parties. The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum's (BECM) oral history collection contains a small number of interviews which touch either directly or indirectly on this issue. The BECM oral history collection informed a series of interviews conducted in Lusaka in April 2005 and August 2006 with a small number of individuals who stayed on in Zambia after Independence. Several themes emerge strongly from the testimony of the Lusaka interviewees. The first of these is the question of home and identity, which are inextricably linked.

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