By Ama Mazama
Africa within the twenty first Century: towards a brand new destiny brings jointly the various most interesting Pan African and Afrocentric intellectuals to debate the probabilities of a brand new destiny the place the continent claims its personal organisation based on the commercial, social, political, and cultural difficulties that are present in each state. the quantity is based round 4 sections: I. African solidarity and cognizance: resources and demanding situations; II. Language, info, and schooling; III. African ladies, little ones and households; and IV. Political and monetary way forward for the African global. In unique essays, the authors elevate the extent of discourse round the questions of integration, pluralism, households, a federative nation, and strong governance. each one author sees within the continent the opportunity of greatness and as a result articulates a theoretical and philosophical method of Africa that constructs a successful awareness from not easy concrete proof. This publication will curiosity scholars and students of the historical past and politics of Africa in addition to expert Africanists, Africologists, and overseas reports students who're susceptible towards Africa.
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Kwame Nkrumah’s view of Pan-Africanism from a socialist-Marxist perspective did not sit too well with the capitalist West and its multinational Kwame Nkrumah's Continental Africa 27 corporations in Africa. Nkrumah’s alignment with Patrice Lumumba of the minerally wealthy Congo was viewed as a threat to Western capitalism. The myopia of the newly African presidents and prime ministers convinced them that they would rather remain big fishes in small ponds than look at the larger African picture for the benefit of the African masses and an overall Pan-African economic development.
In doing so he exposed the incipient tautology that resulted therein. Nkrumah showed the impact of the philosopher’s social milieu on their consciousnesses and their subsequent postulations. Finally, he warned “non-Western” students to search for their philosophic tools within their own culture and social milieu. On this point Nkrumah is in agreement with African centered thinkers and Afrocentric scholars from Blyden through Asante. Nkrumah spoke not only from academic speculation but from his real experiences and initiatives.
Furthermore, the West must not have been too willing to see a powerful Africa emerge out of colonialism, exploitation, and inferiorization to become, all of a sudden, as it were, a formidable competitor in the global village. Western propaganda against Nkrumah was partly responsible for Kwame Nkrumah’s political downfall. Agyeman (1992:183) tells us that Nkrumah’s efforts to move Africa forward along the road of Pan-Africanist nationalism met with many formidable impediments. Within Ghana, the people’s party he led, which was the organizational motor of the Pan-African movement, was largely demobilized by a colonial fiat of 1951 which debilitated and corrupted it, making it difficult for Nkrumah’s government to effectively contain and neutralize the depredations of an opposition which had a history of resorting to violence, and which was linked to external enemies of the goals of Africa’s total liberation and unification that Nkrumah championed.
Africa in the 21st Century: Toward a New Future (African Studies) by Ama Mazama