ISBN 9789956792757
Pages 266
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2014
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

A Sweet-Footed African: James Jibraeel Alhaji

by James Jibraeel Alhaji, Francis B. Nyamnjoh

A Sweet-Footed African captures the sense of being James Jibraeel Alhaji; the milestones and challenges of his life and his reconciliation with emotions, decisions and circumstances of the past, and hopes for the future. James Jibraeel Alhaji's life is characterized by a diversity of personal ambitions, family commitments and economic motives, which lead him from his home in Cameroon to Cape Town, South Africa. The story situates the context of decisions that characterize the so-called quest for greener pastures, examining personal opportunities, triumphs and challenges before and beyond life as an immigrant in South Africa. The story explores what it means to move and to be mobile in Africa, the networks that fulfil and sustain mobile Africans during times of uncertainty, and the lineage to home that remains eternally active.

Read the excerpt: "Xenophobia in South Africa" from A Sweet-Footed African here.

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About the Authors

James Jibraeel Alhaji

James Jibraeel Alhaji lives and works in Cape Town. He has been in South Africa for almost 20 years.

Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Francis B. Nyamnjoh joined the University of Cape Town in August 2009 as Professor of Social Anthropology from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal, where he served as Head of Publications from July 2003 to July 2009. He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon and Botswana, and has researched and written extensively on Cameroon and Botswana. In October 2012 he received a University of Cape Town Excellence Award for “Exceptional Contribution as a Professor in the Faculty of Humanities”. He is recipient of the “ASU African Hero 2013” annual award by the African Students Union, Ohio University, USA. He is: a B1 rated Professor and Researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF); a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science since August 2011; a fellow of the African Academy of Science since December 2014; a fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa since 2016; and Chair of the Editorial Board of the South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press since January 2011. His scholarly books include: Africa’s Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging (2005); Insiders and Outsiders: Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa (2006); “C'est l'homme qui fait l'homme”: Cul-de-Sac Ubuntu-ism in Côte d'Ivoire (2015); and #RhodesMustFall: Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa (2016).

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