PAN-AFRICANISM/AFRICAN NATIONALISM Strengthening the Unity of Africa and its Diaspora Proceedings from the 17th All African Students’ Conference (AASC)
Edited by B.F. Bankie and K. Mchombu
The first edition of this publication was based on the proceedings of the 17th All African Students’ Conference (AASC) held in 2005 in Windhoek, Namibia, which series began in 1988. It covered the major issues arising for the unity movement from the 2005 conference, with diverse contributions from a broad range of participants, including a head of state, the head of a liberation movement, youth, students and various other concerned social groups and individuals
The first edition of this publication was based on the proceedings of the 17th All African Students’ Conference (AASC) held in 2005 in Windhoek, Namibia, which series began in 1988. It covered the major issues arising for the unity movement from the 2005 conference, with diverse contributions from a broad range of participants, including a head of state, the head of a liberation movement, youth, students and various other concerned social groups and individuals.
This second edition came about in the context of the prior neglect of developments in the Afro-Arab borderlands and their impact on Africans both at home and abroad, as well as on the unity movement. The books moves from continental unity to Pan-African national unity, which is constituted by Africa south of the Sahara and the east [Arabia, north Africa, Gulf states and points eastwards] and the west [Caribbean, Americas, Europe etc] Diasporas. It is dedicated to the Late John Garang de Mabior, in recognition of the role played by the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) in championing the legitimate aspirations of the marginalized in Sudan and the borderlands in general. This book provides an entry point towards the reformulation of the unity project and will be of interest to all those who have an interest in Africa and those who take Africans seriously.
“This book needs to be taken seriously by all Darfurians” —Yahya Osman Mohamed (Darfur/Sudan )
“An indispensable, must-to-read book, on the various interpretations of Pan-Africanism and African nationalism, not only for Sudanese, but more particularly for those, who are interested worldwide in the history of the struggle of Black Africans against Arab hegemony and dominance, seen from an African nationalist point of view. It tells the story and process through which millions of Black Africans have come to be subjugated and systematically marginalized by the Arabs and later by an Arabized breed of Black Africans. Furthermore, it tells aspects of the struggle for mental and physical emancipation lead by the martyr of the marginalized people of the Sudan, the Late Dr John Garang de Mabior.” —Muhammad Jalal Hashim ( Nubia/Sudan )
“Considering the identity crisis many Sahelians suffer from, the relevance of Pan-Africanism/African nationalism can not be overstated. A millennium of massive religious/ideological and human influx from the Middle East into the region has not only physically pushed the native population towards the south, but it has also displaced their African identity. The problem has become so profound that many of the Sahelian people cannot tell whether they are African, Arab or a mixture of both. This identity crisis is the root cause of the bloody wars of the Arabized regimes in Africa.This book preserves an inclusive Pan-Africanism/African nationalism that is open and respectful of other cultures.” —Garba Diallo ( Mauritania )
ABOUT THE EDITORS Bankie Forster Bankie trained as a lawyer and has worked variously in administration, diplomacy, education and research. He currently lives and works in Juba, South Sudan, where he is associated with the Kush Institution and is actively interested in Afro-Arab relations and their impact on the African unity movement.
Kingo Mchombu is Professor and Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Namibia. In addition to his Pan African interests, his expertise is in information and knowledge sharing for the development of grassroots groups in Africa.