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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Africa in the 21st century: toward a new future
Editor:Mazama, Ama
Series:African studies
City of publisher:Abingdon
ISBN:0415957737; 9780415957731
Geographic term:Africa
language policy
educational systems
gender studies
African Union
Abstract:Because Africa's problems are commonplace in the discourses of the West, the contributors to this collective volume were given the remit of writing chapters 'that reflected Africa's possibilities', to help mold 'a conception of Africa as a center for the next century' and to spark debates on 'the role of national governments in the larger picture of an intracontinental State'. The contributions are arranged in four sections: African unity and consciousness: assets and challenges; Language, information, and education; African women, children, and families; Political and economic future of the African world. The contributions in section 1 deal with various aspects of Pan-Africanism and Nkrumahism (Molefi Kete Asante, John K. Marah, Daryl Zizwe Poe, Minabere Ibelema). Section two contains a plea for Afrocentricity (Molefi Kete Asante), a consideration of the legacy of colonialism on language in 21st-century Africa (Adisa A. Alkebulan) and a discussion of the pedagogical challenges for African education (George Sefa Dei). In section three, Filomina Steady proposes an African-centred approach to the study of women and gender, and Nah Dove focuses on traditional African mothers in northern Ghana and their counterparts in the United Kingdom and the United States. Section four contains essays on the African Union (Kwame Akonor), globalization, development and the Nation-State (Herbert W. Vilakazi), NEPAD and the politics of globalization (Emmanuel Ngwainmbi), the structural consequences of personal and military power in Africa (Peta Ikambana) and the question of African reparations (Ronald Walters). [ASC Leiden abstract]