1st Edition

Africa in the 21st Century Toward a New Future

By Ama Mazama Copyright 2007
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    Africa in the 21st Century: Toward a New Future brings together some of the finest Pan African and Afrocentric intellectuals to discuss the possibilities of a new future where the continent claims its own agency in response to the economic, social, political, and cultural problems which are found in every nation. The volume is structured around four sections: I. African Unity and Consciousness: Assets and Challenges; II. Language, Information, and Education; III. African Women, Children and Families; and IV. Political and Economic Future of the African World. In original essays, the authors raise the level of discourse around the questions of integration, pluralism, families, a federative state, and good governance. Each writer sees in the continent the potential for greatness and therefore articulates a theoretical and philosophical approach to Africa that constructs a victorious consciousness from hard concrete facts. This book will interest students and scholars of the history and politics of Africa as well as professional Africanists, Africologists, and international studies scholars who are inclined toward Africa. 


    Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Senior Minister, Foreign Affairs, Senegal


    Ama Mazama, Temple University

    I. African Unity and Consciousness: Assets and Challenges

    The Resurgence of the African World in the 21st Century

    (Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University)

    Kwame Nkrumah’s Continental Africa: A Dream Deferred but Not Forgotten

    (John K. Marah, State University of New York at Brockport)

    The Philosophical Challenges of the 21st Century

    (Zizwe Poe, Lincoln University)

    Neo-Pan-Africanism and Presidents Clinton and Bush’s Image in the Nigerian Press

    (Minabere Ibelema, University of Alabama, Birmingham)


    II. Language, Information, and Education

    African Betrayals and African Recovery for a New Future

    (Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University)

    The Legacy of Colonialism on Language in 21st Century Africa

    (Adisa A. Alkebulan, San Diego State University)

    Thinking And Responding To Difference: Pedagogical Challenges For African Education

    (George Sefa Dei, University of Toronto)


    III. African Women, Children, and Families

    African Women: Re-centering the Issues in the 21st Century

    (Filomina Steady, Wellesley College)

    African Mothers: A case study of Northern Ghanaian Women

    (Nah Dove, University of Ghana)


    IV. Political and Economic Future of the African World


    Stuffing Old Wine In New Bottles: The Case Of The Africa Union

    (Kwame Akonor)

    Globalization, Development, and the Nation State in Africa

    (Herbert W. Vilakazi, South Africa)

    NEPAD and the Politics of Globalization: Negotiating Group Dynamics and local Development

    (Emmanuel Ngwainmbi, Elizabeth State University)

    On Governance, Personal and Military Power In Post-Independent Africa

    (Peta Ikambana, American Friends Service)

    African Reparations: Dealing with a Unique and Unprecedented Debt

    (Ronald Walters, University of Maryland)





    Ama Mazama

    "Mazama presents interdisciplinary essays focused on current issues of Africa and its diaspora...chapters present interesting data, such as those comparing images of President Clinton and Bush in the Nigerian media, issues facing mothers in Northern Ghana, and the politics of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) in the era of globalization." -- P.C. Limb, Choice, 2008