The poor economic performance of some African countries since independence has been a major concern to both African leaders and policy makers. This volume, which draws together contributions from academics based in Africa and its diaspora, situates the continent within its historic and socio-political background: from the 1960s, the decade of independence, through to its development outlook as the new millennium unfolds. It examines a broad range of contemporary issues -- from development and culture to linguistics and is unique in identifying and examining issues that are common both to Africa and the diaspora.
’This challenging book calls for a fresh perspective on Africa in its interrelations with the African diaspora, combining development studies and political economy with post-colonial theory. It invites us to reconsider the nature of African modernity and the African future. Varied and wide-ranging, the contributions to the book will stimulate debate both in the classroom and outside it.’ Professor Karin Barber, Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK ’An extremely stimulating and readable book, sprinkled with claims and explanations old, new, and controversial. A graceful and refreshing contribution to the exploration of African forms of confronting and inhabiting the world at large.’ Achille Mbembe, author of On the Postcolony