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
Contents: African diaspora - African development concerns: an introduction, Alfred B. Zack-Williams with Ola Uduku; Africa and the project of modernity, Alfred B. Zack-Williams; The black intellectual and the Pan-African agenda in languages, Kole Omotoso and Ferdinand Dennis; The language of 'Francophonie' and the race of the renaissance: a commonwealth perspective, Ali Mazrui; Communications and governance in Africa, Cecil Blake; Africa and the search for political stability in the New Century, E. Ike Udogu; Bennetonâ„¢ vs. Kente: the impact of African culture and design on the world media, Ola Uduku; Reading beyond the post - colonial: a cultural - socio - spatial perspective, Ola Uduku with Alfred B. Zack-Williams; Bibliography; Index.