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Reaching back to Africa for reconnection has always been important to African Americans. Alex Haley's 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, resulting from retracing the roots of his family to a West African village in The Gambia named Juffure, is perhaps the best known example. Other notable African American leaders who had, long before Haley, journeyed back to Africa include Edward W. Blyden, Marcus Garvey, and W. E. B. Du Bois. Also worth mentioning among these heroes of the Back to Africa movement is William David Coleman who together with other African Americans from Ashland Kentucky migrated to Liberia and named their settlement Clay-Ashland. Their settlement was named after Henry Clay, a powerful Senator from Kentucky who advocated for a colony for free African Americans in Africa and their former Ashland home-place in America.
“The span of the book entitled From Economic Dependency and Stagnation to Democratic Developmental State: Essays on the Socio-political and Economic Perspectives of Ethiopia provides readers with an understanding of the historical context of Ethiopian history, education, and development. Especially illuminating is the emphasis on the intersections between foreign investment, local customs, and other Ethiopian power structures, such as government. Especially important are Chapters 9 and 10, which examine China’s increased investment in Africa. As China is also investing heavily in Latin America, to understand its African commitments provides a more wide-ranging holistic view of China’s actions in these areas. These chapters will give the reader a better understanding of the complexity of China’s foreign policy.
Syl Cheney-Coker is generally regarded as Sierra Leone’s leading writer. Indeed, he is one of the most accomplished and challenging writers to have emerged from Africa in recent years and his works have deservedly won several literary awards. A versatile artist who excels in both poetry and prose and whose influences range from Africa, to Latin America , to Europe, he is arguably the most prolific, complex, popular and misunderstood poet to have come from Sierra Leone. His poems demonstrate a tendency to use poetry as vehicle to vent his emotions.He is also a literary artist who is as much concerned about the role of the artist in society as with the nature, purpose and function of art.
The fundamental changes in society and culture are forcing us to reconsider the position of sacred space, and to do this within the broader context of ritual and religious dynamics and what is called a ‘spatial turn’. Conversely, sacred sites are a privileged way of studying current cultural dynamics. This collection of studies on sacred space concerns itself with both perspectives by exploring place-bound dynamics of the sacred in Africa and Europe.
Theorizing the Disfigured Body: Mutilation, Amputation, and Disability Culture in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone explores the mutilated body as signifier of possession, control and domination. It examines the interconnections between the wound or mark on the body and the identity of the individual and affirms that wounding is naming and attests to its power to influence the position of the individual in the world and his destiny. This book uses in addition to war memoirs and journalistic narratives published between 1991 and 2001, personal testimonies of victims published in the annual report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone in 2004 to foreground the author’s argument of the body as signifier.
Conflicts, internal and transnational, express behavioral transformations in the way African states relate between themselves in the post-cold war era. These developments have forced the reopening of a discourse around the concept of the state, particularly its expression in multinational societies. The serial implosion of states in the Great Lakes region has been accompanied by significant difficulties in reconstructing or negotiating them back into statehood. In West Africa, the collapse of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, the Central African Republic and grave instability in Nigeria force on us certain reflections.
In Hypermasculinity and State Violence in Zimbabwe Undermining Family Well-Being: An Africana Feminist Analysis of Maternal and Child Health, Assata Zerai explores the demography of maternal and child health in Southern Africa from an Africana feminist sociological perspective. She presents a framework that considers the ways that nation, race, class, gender, sexuality, globalization, and other dimensions of oppression intersect to impact upon the experiences and agency of individuals and groups with health care and social support in Zimbabwe. She analyzes data sets from demographic and health surveys for the country. On the basis of the Africana feminist framework, Zerai argues that maternal and child health cannot be understood unless the socioeconomic, political, and cultural contexts are taken into account. She extends and tests the hypothesis that militarism (especially state violence) and hypermasculinity in Zimbabwe have deleterious effects on family well-being in general, and especially on maternal and child health.
Sergei N. Durylin, a remarkable Russian scholar, published the first biography of the famous black American actor Ira Aldridge in 1940, concentrating mainly on his Shakespearean performances in Russia from 1858 to 1866. Durylin combed through many old newspapers and actors’ memoirs searching for eyewitness reports on what Aldridge did on stage and how audiences responded to him. The result was a vivid account of the profound impact Aldridge made on Russian theatergoers who had never before seen a black actor, much less one capable of performing brilliantly not only as Othello but also as Shylock, Macbeth, King Lear, and Richard III.
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.