Christopher Okigbo (1932-1967) was one of Africa's foremost poets whose life was cut short by the Biafran civil war. This book represents a definitive re-reading of Okigbo's poetry and a foregrounding of its importance as prophecy and warning to Nigerians (nay, Africans!) and the misrulers of Nigeria against continued national misdirection. Locating the poet squarely with all communalistic traditional African poetics, in which aesthetics and social functuality are coordinate components of art, the author discusses Okigbo as a poet of destiny, whose identification with the people-the "quadrangle" of his geometric characterology-was total. The continuing cleavages and tension between the ethnic and the national have tended to foreclose the very possibility of ethnic-popular solidarity and nation-building in Nigeria.
Son of an aristocratic white plantation owner and a mulatto slave, P. B. S. Pinchback, the frist black governor of Louisiana, was a natural swashbuckler, whose free-wheeling gambling and love life entangled him in several gunfights, six formal duels, and torrid romances.
Abdulrahman Mohamed Babu was a writer, revolutionary and politician. He led the 1964 Zanzibar revolution and was a cabinet minister in Tanzania until 1972 when he was imprisoned by Nyerere. He was eventually released six years later with the aid of an international campaign. Babu taught at San Francisco State University and Amherst College and later moved to London at Birkbeck College. He became a friend and source of strength to struggling peoples all over the world, and he continued to play a unique role in African politics. In the face of the intensifying economic stranglehold and ideological dominance of Western agencies, he spoke and wrote of the need for a “second liberation” ofAfrica. A committed Marxist, he was a passionate believer ina socialist Pan-Africanism.
This study of the Emperor's long reign helps to explain Ethiopia's survival; it also reveals Menelik as the man who earned through programs of expansion and modernization which led tot his creation of the Ethiopia of today. This is the most substantial contribution so far in an inexplicably neglected aspect of African history.
Deng Majok succeeded his father Kwol Arob, as Paramount Chief of the Ngok Dinka of Abyei in 1943 and reigned until his death in 1969. He is widely recognized as one of the most prominent tribal leaders who contributed effectively to the maintenance of peace, security and stability in Sudan’s volatile North-South border area, where warrior African and Arab tribes come in contact, interact, and often clash in competition over scarce natural resources. Working in close partnership
The Mother of Us All is an analysis of the history of Queen nanny, the great 18th century leader of the Windward of Eastern Jamaican Maroons. The importance of this great leader's struggle against British colonial empire and its institution of slavery on the island of Jamaica has previously been largely ignored. To correct this gap, oral histories, including myths, legends, songs, ceremonies and local language are analyzed, as well as written texts including legal documents, journals of the era, historical land grants and peace treaties, poems, novels, critical texts, historical texts and children's books. The author analyzes the importance of Queen Nanny from cultural, military, historical, and religious points of view. This book marks an attempt to integrate a key figure of New World history into her rightful place as the leader of a critical resistance movement in Jamaica in the first part of the 18th century.
Murray Last, the eminent editor of Journal of Modern African Studies, says about Two Weeks in the Trenches, “ I found it so moving that I couldn’t put it down....” 'Heart' is a word used in Tigrinya more than in most languages, and the heart is at the center of Alemseged Tesfai’s writing. Ranging from the heart of children and families to the heart of Eritrea’s struggle for independence, Two Weeks in the Trenches is the testimony of Alemseged Tesfai’s own heart, too.
In this detailed, candid and illuminating memoir, Witness to Transformation: My years at the United Nations, Ambassador Shola Omoregie sheds light on a personal journey from childhood in Nigeria, through professional transition in the Nigerian Foreign Service to his eventual elevation as a top United Nations official. Ambassador Omoregie recounts the story of his youth with verve, sharing anecdotes of his birth in a polygamous home and of growing up in the homes of his maternal grandfather and uncle. He offers personal and direct accounts of the influence of the Nigerian civil war on his life, including many dangerous encounters when he was mistaken for a rebel soldier.