This is an ethnographic account which explores the social organization of an Eritrean highland community and the livelihood of the peasants. The kinship system of the highlands is examined in detail. Analysis shows that it interlinks the individuals and the villages of the highlands into an intricate web of kinship. The lineage system, or gezauti defines, among other factors, a form of social hierarchy and the entitlement of access to land in the particular villages.
This collection navigates through stereotypes of “victim” and “perpetrator,” taking on themes of youth agency and the constructed nature of youth as a social category.It presents a new portrait of youth encompassing transition to a socially recognized adulthood, and an identity with its own social and cultural forms.
In twenty brilliant and illuminating chapters, Molefi Kete Asante explores major intellectual themes confronting African people. Engaging a wide range of issues, such as gender, African hunger, slavery in Mauritania, lack of historical consciousness, the contest over ancient Egypt, and Malcolm X as cultural hero, he sustains one overarching argument: Africans owe deference to no one. This is a major book which no African intellectual anywhere in the world should be without.
International figures such as Father Huddleston and Sir Shridath Ramphal join with Tanzanian scholars to assess, not without criticism, the influential contribution of Julius Nyrere both within his own country and across the Third World.
The basic idea in this book is that Nigerian historians, indeed historians of Africa, have from the birth of the new African historiography seen and pursued historical studies and historical writing as part of the larger effort to create, consolidate and run modern and modernizing states in Africa. It is this larger process that Professor Adiele Afigbo refers to as statecraft.
The essays collected in these New Trends volumes represent an innovation in International Conferences of Ethiopian Studies. They are timely and current, and they are affordable for student, scholar and official alike. They reveal the wide variety of Ethiopian studies and scholarly concerns about the country. They sum up whole fields of study and indicate where researchers might usefully accomplish more work in the future. Many oft he essays are cautious assessments of difficult problems; others treat controversial topics with judicious forebearance; not a few are redolent with political pitch; and some are chronicles of narratives. Altogether, they demonstrate that Ethiopian studies are alive and well and surviving the various political shocks of the post-imperial era.
Miranda Olayinka Burney-Nicol, who signed her work OLAYINKA, was a pioneer in modern African art. She belonged to the first generation of African artists who did not follow indigenous art practices, but drew on a variety of European media while experimenting with them, yet her images were generally drawn from Africa. Born in 1927 into Creole (Krio) society in the capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, she was raised in an Africanized version of British culture, studying in a missionary school.
This book reveals the many creative solutions an African society found for problems that people encounter when they try to establish a democratic system of governing their affairs. In much of what has been written about Africa, the common image is that of people governed by primitive customs and practices, in which only feudal roles of elders, kings, chiefs, sultans, and emirs have been acknowledged by Western observers. Little is ever shown of indigenous African democratic systems, under which there is distribution of authority and responsibility across various strata of society...