This collection brings together the key essays on the history of slavery in the Sokoto Caliphate in West Africa of Paul E. Lovejoy, Distinguished Research Professor of History at York University and holder of the Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History. Lovejoy’s work explores the role of slavery in the consolidation of the largest state in Africa in the 19th century, particularly in relation to the interior of modern Nigeria, Niger, and Benin before c. 1900, when Muslim merchants and entrepreneurs dominated economy and society.
This book is designed to explore the following challenges and imperatives for African countries in the 21st century: liberalization of commercial and industrial activities in a deliberate effort to make them the preserve of the private sector, generation of an appropriate industrial and trade strategy, nurturing technology development, redressing the debt burden, curbing industrial strife, protection of the fragile natural environment, and reconsideration of the size and functions of government.
Khat (catha edulis) is a psychoactive shrub whose tender leaves and twigs have been chewed in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula for their euphonizing effects for a millennium. A stimulant grown in small gardens for consumption on cultural and religious occasions around the turn of the last century, khat has now become the preferred and most sought-after cash crop, the most visible and pervasive social habit, and an important income-generating occupation for millions of Ethiopians. Within Ethiopia, khat chewing has become a ubiquitous habit, cutting across class, religious, ethnic, and gender affiliations.
This is one of the first major studies to put the debt question in Nigeria into perspective. It is the outcome of a historic conference held in Abuja in May 2001 to discuss Nigeria’s future within the context of the country’s considerable debt burden.
From the perspective of Africans, the French are infamous for their oil activities in Africa, and their companies ELF and TOTAL are familiar names.
This is a biographical history of the French oil industry, one of the most important in Africa, told from the perspective of the lives of the men who made it. How old is the French oil industry? Who founded it? Who ruled it? Going back to the old family firms that drilled and distilled petroleum in the late
"The book chronicles the glorious and inglorious, the African past and offers a critical and unbiased picture of contemporary African reality. Also tells the story of why independence has not led to genuine economic liberation and comments on what might be Africa's redeeming features as it moves toward the year 2000 and beyond." -The Daily News
It is becoming increasingly clear that without sweeping changes to both domestic and international policies, Africa will not reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. While there seems to be a consensus on increasing aid to Africa, donors will undoubtedly favour democratic countries that adopt sound development policies. For development policies to be sound, however, they must not only meet short-term political expediencies, they must also tap the broad knowledge base that is furnished by policy research in Africa...
This book maps the policy process and political economy of policymaking in Africa. Its focus on trade and industrial policy makes it unique in the literature. Detailed case studies help the decisions can vary from country to country depending on the form of government, ethnicity and nationality, and other social factors.