Africa in the 21st Century
Toward a New Future
By Ama Mazama
Routledge – 2007 – 300 pages
Series: African Studies
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.
"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
Foreword Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio. Preface Ama Mazama Section 1: African Unity and Consciousness: Assets and Challenges 1. The Resurgence of the African World in the 21st Century Molefi Kete Asante 2. Kwame Nkrumah’s Continental Africa: A Dream Deferred but Not Forgotten John K. Marah 3. The Philosophical Challenges for Africans in the 21st Century Zizwe Poe 4. Neo-Pan-Africanism and Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush’s Images in the Nigerian Press Minabere Ibelema Section 2: Language, Information, and Education 5. African Betrayals and African Recovery for a New Future Molefi Kete Asante 6. The Legacy of Colonialism on Language in 21st Century Africa Adisa A. Alkebulan 7. Thinking and Responding To Difference: Pedagogical Challenges for African Education George Sefa Dei Section 3: African Women, Children, and Families 8. African Women: Re-Centering the Issues in the 21st Century Filomina Steady 9. African Mothers: A Case Study of Northern Ghanaian Women Nah Dove Section 4: Political and Economic Future of the African World 10. Stuffing Old Wine in New Bottles: The Case of the Africa Union Kwame Akonor 11. Globalization, Development, and the Nation State in Africa Herbert W. Vilakazi 12. NEPAD and the Politics of Globalization: Redefining Local Space, Group Dynamics and Economic Development Emmanuel Ngwainmbi 13. On Governance, Personal and Military Power in Post-Independent Africa Peta Ikambana 14. African Reparations: Dealing With a Unique and Unprecedented Debt Ronald Walters. Contributor Bios