ISBN 9780798304832
Pages 388
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2015
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Unite or Perish

Africa Fifty Years after the Founding of the OAU

edited by Mammo Muchie, Vusi Gumede, Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju , Hailemichael Teshome Demissie

The various issues that animate Africa’s stand in the global political, socioeconomic, cultural and technological arenas are outlined. The chapters critically examine and evaluate the burning questions and challenges with which Africa is grappling. The study is one of the vital texts for understanding how Africa will manage to navigate the tumultuous waters of globalisation as she has just recently emerged out of the horrors of slavery, colonialism, apartheid, neo-colonialism and genocide, and is still wrestling with unceasing conflicts, popular unrest, neo-imperialism, coloniality and mushrooming insurgency. The chapters provide a much-needed insight into the issue of whether Africa has achieved genuine and meaningful independence after 50 years of the founding of the OAU and whether the small steps taken towards unity are worth celebrating. The contributors highlight these and allied issues with a view to capturing more public attention in order to stimulate debate and usher in a new phase in the quest for African Unity and Renaissance. The contributors are distinguished authors and established and emerging scholars in their own domains. While a majority of the contributors are from the continent, distinguished scholars from around the globe have joined their African fellows in dealing with the relevant issues regarding Africa’s place in an ever changing world.

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About the Editors

Mammo Muchie

Mammo Muchie is the DST/NRF SARChI Research Professor on Innovation and Development, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa; Senior Research Associate, TMDC, Oxford University, Oxford, UK And Adjunct Professor, ASTU, Nazret, Ethiopia.

Vusi Gumede

Vusi Gumede is a professor at the University of South Africa and Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute. Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of Johannesburg and also lectured public policy at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He worked for the South African government in various capacities for about 12 years, of which 8 years were in the Policy Coordination and Advisory Services in the Office of former President Thabo Mbeki. Before that, he was a researcher at the National Institute for Economic Policy - he also taught economics at the erstwhile University of Durban-Westville where he obtained his Masters of Commerce in Economics. He is affiliated with numerous institutions as board member, editorial board member, research fellow etc. He has also been, among other fellowships, a Distinguished Africanist Scholar with the Institute for African Development at Cornell University and a Yale World Fellow with Yale University. He holds postgraduate qualifications in economics and policy studies, including a PhD in economics. He is the editor of the series for the African Unity for Renaissance Conference and he has been guest editor of special issues of Africa Development and Africa Insight as well as author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, research reports and essays. His forthcoming book on South Africa is: Post-Apartheid South Africa: Economic and Social Inclusion (Cambria Press). 

Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju

Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju is a professor and current interim CEO at the African Institute of South Africa (AISA). She has worked as a researcher in agricultural research institutions and lectured at three universities – in Swaziland, Nigeria and South Africa.

Hailemichael Teshome Demissie

Hailemichael Teshome Demissie is a Research Fellow of the South African Research Chair (SARChI) at the Tshwane University of Technology.

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