This book presents the life and times of Reverend Kumsa Boro and a selection of his lifetime collection of Oromo folklore and cultural songs, compiled, organized, and edited by his children. Rev. Kumsa’s life spans a tumultuous century of Oromo history in general and the reality of Sayyo Oromo in particular. As a microcosm of the broader Oromo reality, Rev. Kumsa’s story is riddled with intense moments of oppression, persecution, courage, and defiance. Others have written about his religious persecution before. What makes this book special, however, is that Rev. Kumsa presents an incredible historical depth
"Abeba Tesfagiorgis has a startling story. A story which might as well have been acted out on the dark side of the moon for the world knew of what befell her. her record of her experiences at the hands of the Ethiopians in Asmara, and the odyssey which follows her escape from the tortures, gives us a picture of how thoroughly the forces, first the Emperor, and then the Stalinist dictator Mengistu, alienated the Eritrean people. When tyrants go to so much trouble to alienate the innocent purely on the basis of their nationalist, they create conditions for a popular uprising, the uprising which has now at least succeeded in Eritrea. Abeba's voice is simply one voice raised on behalf of humanity and directed against the folly of dictators..." -Tom Keneally, award-winning novelist of To Asmara and Schindler's List
James Haskins has used interviews with family, friends, and associates of the late Congressman to trace his life and public career. He tells of Adam Powell's privileged boyhood as the only son of a respected minister; of his fiery leadership as a young Harlem minister demonstrating for jobs for Blacks during the depression; of his years as the sole voice of black people in the United States Congress; his achievements as chairman of the Education and Labor Committee during the 1960s; the controversies which led to his expulsion from Congress; and the last bitter years in Bimini.
In the seventies, as signs of decay began to show in the capitalist experiment of the newly independent African countries, a “bard of the misrule” emerged on the streets of Lagos. Often shirtless and armed with his trademark saxophone, Fela Anikulapo Kuti tore his way into popular culture with Afrobeat music. Blending ethno-traditional forms with the reigning highlife and jazz rhythms, Afrobeat drew lyrics from the flip side of neo-colonial society and Fela's London and American experience in the sixties.
Born in Missouri in 1902, Langston Hughes-- black poet, playwright, novelist, and short-story writer-- never seemed able to set down roots for himself. By nature a sensitive and shy child, the young Langston was shuffled from home to home, relative to relative, which undoubtedly added to his already strong sense of loneliness and isolation and probably instilled in him a restlessness he could never overcome. But throughout his career Langston sought to express, in both his speaking and his literature, the heroism he saw in his people-- strength to endure without bitterness. This is one reason why his art will always hold a significant place in black American literature.
In less than twenty years of active political life, Amilcar Cabral led Guinea-Bissau’s nationalists to the most complete political and military success ever achieved by an African political movement against a colonial power. At the time of his death in 1973, months before Guinea-Bissau became independent, his influence extended well beyond the Lusophone world and Africa. Friends and foes alike admired his political acumen and skills and saw in him a potential leader of a non-aligned movement. His writings have shown him to be a sophisticated analyst of the social, economic, and political factors which have affected and continue to affect the developing world.
This pioneer book focuses on the work of dele jegede, one of the leading Nigerian artists in the last three decades, to reflect on the connections between images and the nation state, the linkages between art and humanity, and the understanding of society through means different from oral and written texts. Various chapters written by prominent art historians, based on the analysis of jegede’s cartoons, drawings, and paintings, reflect extensively on how he has defined and imagined a postcolonial state, in its nakedness and hope, but gesturing towards change and a utopian moment.
The road to John Agyekum Kufuor’s presidency was tortuous and reflects Ghana’s political history, which since Kwame Nkrumah led to independence in 1957 and had been dominated by military interventions and dictatorships. Groomed for this job by some of Ghana’s first generation politician, Kufuor became Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Ghana at 30 after attending Oxford University. And he has since known no other profession.