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This book brings together a collection of works that critically exam the significance and place of Professor Toyin Falola’s scholarship within and beyond African historiography as well as engage emerging ideas, forgotten/ignored histories, and research issues in African history and African Diaspora studies. The volume draws on multidisciplinary perspectives to dialogue such issues as research frontiers Falola’s scholarship has opened for the field of African history, how to consolidate/articulate or even disarticulate those frontiers, the work strategies that influence his scholarly output, and the path he has charted for African historians. In many ways, Falola’s scholarship cannot be captured under any one specific title, for as his scholarship shows, he is, indeed, Beyond the Boundaries, engaging both conventional and nonconventional issues.
This volume deals with various issues of forced migration from developing countries, in some cases to neighbouring countries, in others to countries in the developed world. The forty-year period covered is from the late 1960s. In some cases the migration processes the contributors concentrate on resulted in settlement on a permanent basis in a receiving country, in their examples with strong links to diasporic communities elsewhere; in other cases the outcome is that individual families making up the diasporic cultural community go transnational themselves, living here at times, living there for periods, commuting and transcending national, cultural, political and linguistic boundaries. Chapters presenting empirical examples are guided theoretically, bringing observations in to theoretical interpretations. These chapters are interspersed with theoretical expositions of concepts such as durable solutions, nation state, citizenship and transnationalism.
The Scar recounts the history of French “Punitive Expedition” in the Bamiléké and the “Pacifi cation” of the Bassa land. It is a caustic indictment of French military eradication of “Maquisards” the freedom fighters in the 1950s Cameroon. The Scar exposed the scars of a merciless war that Frantz Fanon equated to the Algerian massacres. It’s a personalnarrative of two survivals, two youngsters living atthe margin of a nation thrusted into the hands of handpicked French puppets. The Scar is a call for a complete destruction of colonial monuments present in most Francophone cities.
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 relations between Ethiopia and Israel, until their dramatic severance in the aftermath of the October 1973 War in the Middle East, revolved around issues of regional strategy as well as of ancient religious concepts of identity. For Haile Selassie's Ethiopia, Israel was centrally important. In the eyes of her Christian leaders, Ethiopia was under Arab and Islamic siege, and for them, Israel was a strategic partner and a historic sister. Their national ethos connected them directly to Jerusalem and to the Hebrew Bible, to the house of David and Solomon and to an Israeli identity.
“Although no less illustrious, the Emperor Yohannes IV has been nonetheless featured far less prominently than both his predecessor (Tewodros II) and successor (Menelik II). This prodigiously researched, rigorously empirical, and analytically balanced biography resurrects him from relative obscurity. The book covers a staggering array of personalities, issues and events, often peppered with fascinating vignettes that poignantly illuminate the life and times of one of the most redoubtable and patriotic rulers of early modern Ethiopia.”
—Prof. Gebru Tareke, Author, The Ethiopian Revolution: War in the Horn of Africa
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.
The stories of Teodros Kiros hover on the edge of personal and political agendas. His characters are bound by tradition that they do not accept, trapped between the desire to leave beautiful, parched Ethiopia for a cultivated life in Europe or the United States and the need to deliver their native country from its poverty and political stasis. Despite their love for their country and their people, their dilemma is not easily resolved, so they must live with contradiction, hoping for a solution.
—Douglas Kohn, Professor of English, Berklee College of Music
Lifting the Veil over Eurocentrism: The Du Boisian Hermeneutic of Double Consciousness, informed by W. E. B. Du Bois (The Souls of Black Folk, Darkwater and Dusk of Dawn) is a Du Boisian critical analysis of Eurocentrism and its global and grave influences over the socio-marginalized, namely people of African descent and people of color.As a result, wherever Eurocentrism takes hold, a collective worldview and hermeneutic emerges and makes the Du Boisian hermeneutic of double consciousness a pan African invention.
“A timely volume which presents the singular world of Abdias Nascimento to English readers in the second year of his “crossing over”. Ojo-Ade has brought together an impressive range of contributors who succeed in shining some critical light into the multiple spaces in which Nascimento’s ground-breaking activities, from the third decade of the twentieth century, made significant contributions to the contradictory pluriverse of Brazilian race relations and their location within a broader international comparative framework.