The character of ISAAC seems to represent the pan-Africanism at that time. ISSAC gave up his names which his parents gave him (3). This represents his independence and the establishment of his identity. It also represents his refusal of his former identity which he receive from others. ISAAC believes that the capital does not belong to anyone and nobody can own it (4). Under Pan-Africanism, Africans claim the liberation of African and African people from colonization. The sense of solidarity spread among African people. The youth in “All Our Names,” or university male students, are depicted aggressively being about to become revolutionaries. Those people are also part of the movement to establish the sense of solidary and identities as African depending from imperial country. ISAAC’s new life in the capital may represent the independence of the country and Africa. ISAAC’s encounter with Helen and the relationship may depict the development of fifty-fifty relationship between the West and Africa.
Although African people claimed the independence of African countries and the establishment of own identity, politics of African countries were still weak, unstable and not enough to establish the sense of solidity and own identity. Corrupted government remained after the independence. ISAACS says politics is the only thing to study in Africa (10). The situation of Helen, who is a social worker, seems to be contrasting to ISAAC. ISAACS criticizes the pan-African dream by students saying that they ignore the corruption and violence (24). Pan-Africanism was “dream.” This may be depicted by the difference between ISAACS and other university students who want to be revolutionaries. People who believe Pan-African dream ignore the vulnerability and instability of Africa and its identity. Without this recognition, they cannot see the real Africa and establish the solid identity. ISAAC sees the real Africa understanding its vulnerability. That’s why ISSAC seems to be strong.