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This book re-examines the multi-layered responses of Elem Kalabari to the agents of British firms, the consular officials of the British Crown, and the missionaries of the CMS Niger Mission that initiated, sustained and nourished British imperialism following the change from slave to produce trading during the nineteenth century in the Niger Delta. It challenges the popular notion that the eastern Delta trading states of Bonny, Nembe-Brass, Opobo, and Elem Kalabari had responded in identical patterns to the extraterritorial forces of British imperialism by, among other things, addressing the following questions:
Why did Elem Kalabari seek to continue with the trade in enslaved Africans after signing an anti-slave trade treaty with Britain in 1851?
What accounted for the politics of collaboration at Elem Kalabari as opposed to the politics of confrontation against British imperialism at Nembe-Brass and Opobo?
What accounted for the longevity of Elem Kalabari as an export-import center in the Niger Delta after the fall of Akassa, Nembe-Brass and Bonny in 1922?
This book examines the City of Bulawayo’s struggles with the environment from 1894 to 2008 given its location in the perennially semi-arid region of south-western Zimbabwe. It focuses on a case-study of Makokoba, the city’s first and oldest township, and explores the history of its African residents and their struggles over access to water during this period from a ‘sustainable livelihoods’ perspective – one which emphasizes that human security and environmental sustainability are inextricably intertwined. The book argues that water scarcity in Bulawayo, especially as it affected Africans for the most part, was a result of both biophysical conditions and man-made policies which were linked to deep-rooted struggles over access to, and management of, water resources in both colonial and postcolonial Zimbabwe.
This volume places Sierra Leone within the larger landscape of the greater Atlantic world system in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The essays demonstrate that the meaning of “Sierra Leone” changed over time, initially designating the river only but subsequently a section of the upper Guinea coast and then the British colony after 1808. With the establishment of Freetown in the 1790s, Sierra Leone became a frontier of the African diaspora. Christianity, migration, the abolition of the slave trade, and experiments in labor mobilization through means other than slavery were haphazardly introduced in a context of missed opportunities.The nascent British colony became an outpost in the fight against the slave trade and a place of settlement for enslaved Africans taken off slave ships
Raised Hopes, Shattered Dreams integrates political, economic and theological analysis in addressing the economic and political developments in Zambia from 1964 to 2014, and the Church’s response to them. Aside from being one of the most stable nations in Africa, Zambia is among Africa's poorest nations—with the majority living on less than one dollar a day. Although attempts have been made to address poverty, Zambia experiences “the cycle of raised hopes, and shattered dreams.” Whereas the United National Independence Party (UNIP) government raised hopes of economic prosperity and liberty, those aspirations were shattered within 5 years of self-rule.
How could Muntu, that is the human being in the African condition, initiate/found a practice of philosophy that assumes and testifies to the singularity of the African situation today and assert himself as subject and object of his parole?Under which conditions can his practice of philosophy be a praxis of liberation, and his discourse constitute itself for self, by imparting to itself, in form and content, the language of one’s own history, that is the unfolding of its historical reason or reasonable history?These are the fundamental and existential questions at the heart of Muntu in Crisis, which is undoubtedly the most original work in the field of African Philosophy in the 20th century.
Africa has made remarkable strides since the beginning of the 21st century as a result of sustained efforts by many African leaders and policy-makers. In particular, Adebayo Adedeji can be applauded for his role in helping to shape Africa’s development agenda twenty years ago, at a time when Africa’s political and economic ferment began. His contributions to Africa’s development were wide ranging, particularly during his tenure as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
[In this book Dr. Bereket asks essential questions on the fate of Eritrea today…] “What is the role of civil societies and political parties? Should we pursue justice or peace and reconciliation? Is the role of the Diaspora to lead the movement or to support and encourage an Eritrea-based movement? Will we use the 1997constitution as our basis for change or focus on constitutionalism? That is, Dr. Bereket is not offering a blueprint for change as much as crystallizing the choicesand making an argument for debate—but only within the context of a united front, which he considers of paramount importance. Dr Bereket is saying, as Lenin did, we should step beyond “disunity, dissolution, and vacillation” and approach the existential threat Eritrea faces decisively.”
This book appears at a critical time in human history as our social concerns are further mitigated by an eminent threat to World wide safety and survival. The present crisis of war, destabilization, economic downturns, human rights violations and state interventions are leading to unprecedented number of refugees in many regions of our embattled planet.
Among the 20 to 30 Million Igbo people in Nigeria, there’s a widespread belief that the Igbo originated in ancient Israel. Recently a number of Igbo Jewish communites have been established in Nigeria. Although some Igbo have made their way to Israel, the Israeli public is largely unaware of the fact that there are in addition 20 to 30 Million Igbo people in Nigeria that have been called by some “The Jews of West Africa”. Igbo Jewish identity has significant political implications for Nigeria as well as Israel. This book offers for the first time an in-depth study and a genealogical history of the Igbo’s long-time and controversial narrative of a possible Jewish origin and thereby engenders a new reading of Igbo history.
This influential book addresses political violence, racial, gendered and religious conflict, legacies of slavery, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Sudan.While several prior studies on the Sudan address civil war and political violence within the Sudan’s borders, most of them focus exclusively on a single region, such as the North-South civil war (1955-2003) or the conflict in Darfur (2003-present).By contrast, this volume comprehensively examines multiple post-independence Sudanese conflicts, as there is a striking similarity in the tragedies befallen upon the marginalized peoples of South Sudan, Darfur, and the Nuba Mountains, among others.The volume’s multiregional approach demonstrates the interrelatedness of the contemporary conflicts between the center (the state) and the peripheral regions of the Sudan.It also illuminates possible causes of intra- and inter-peripheral conflicts.