ISBN 9780798303118
Pages 364
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2012
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

The Africana World

From Fragmentation to Unity and Renaissance

edited by Mammo Muchie, Sanya Osha, Matlotleng Matlou

It is 127 years since the Scramble for Africa divided up the continent, imposing borders that have led to conflict rather than peace and stability. It is 100 years since the African National Congress (ANC) was founded as the first African liberation movement with pan-African roots. It is nearly 50 years since the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded in May 1963 and ten years since the African Union (AU) was born with a vision that seeks 'the actualisation of human dignity, development and prosperity for the entire African people ... anchored on a vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa...driven and managed by its own citizens...and representing a dynamic force in the international arena'. The achievement of the AU vision is predicated on colonialism being dead. However, it has actually been replaced by neocolonialism, which requires extra vigilance from Africa and its diaspora in order for the unity and renaissance dreamed of to become a reality.

The chapters in Africana World: From Fragmentation to Unity and Renaissance address colonial and postcolonial African realities with a view to present a holistic and transcontinental appraisal of questions, issues and challenges that confront the continent. Contributors are drawn from different parts of the world - Africa, Europe and the Americas - and it is this eclectic range of scholarly views that lends a rich historicity to the meaning of Africanity. The book contains multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary engagements with Africa's rich cultural heritage, its lingering contemporary challenges, its multifaceted systems of knowledge and its future in the exciting context of the twenty-first century.

Africana World: From Fragmentation to Unity and Renaissance is put together in order to help develop the study and knowledge of African liberation across the continent and the diaspora. This first volume launches a new book series, following the Scramble for Africa conferences held every May to commemorate the founding of the OAU, which will be published annually to support the scholarly study of African unity and renaissance in order to replace the lingering imagery of colonialism in Africa with a fully liberated African consciousness.

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"This book, dealing with important issues such as Africa’s struggle for self-determination, freedom and liberation, and moving towards unity and renaissance, comes at a strategic time in the continent’s development. It raises fundamental issues about African condition and ordeals. It links the struggle for independence through the experiences of, and challenges faced by, Africa’s oldest liberation movement – the ANC. It should be interrogated and studied by all concerned about the future of Africa."

Dr Essop Pahad, Founder and Editor, The Thinker

"This book poses crucial questions and proposes fresh approaches to deal with the legacy of disunity in Africa. It is especially useful for African scholars, public intellectuals, activists and policy analysts who are still committed to and working towards the realisation of the ‘vision of African unity’."

Prof. Kwandi Kondlo, University of the Free State

"From an academic point of view, African studies have two main problems: first, the prejudices of ethnocentric perceptions and, second, the fast changes of the continent on political, socio economic and international dimensions. Even for the most skilled specialists it is diffcult to understand the processes going on. Because of this, this book represents a very important tool for those concerned with African studies, inside and outside the continent. These authors identify different levels and tendencies, keeping an objective perspective about African developments towards integration."

Prof. Paulo Visentini, Head of the Brazilian Centre for African Studies

About the Editors

Mammo Muchie

Mammo Muchie is currently a Professor of Technology Innovation studies at the Tshwane University of Technology, where he heads a SARChi Chair on Innovation Studies, South Africa.

Sanya Osha

Sanya Osha is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Naked Light and the Blind Eye. His fictional work, Dust, Spittle and Wind won the Association of Nigerian Authors’ prize for prose in 1992. In 2000, he was a recipient of a Prince Claus Award. He lives in South Africa and is currently a South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) fellow at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI), Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria; and research fellow at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), Pretoria.

Matlotleng Matlou

Matlotleng Matlou is currently the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), Pretoria, South Africa and research fellow at the University of the Free State (UFS), Bloemfontein, South Africa. 

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