This chapter analyses the Pan-African career of Nigerian scholar-technocrat, Adebayo Adedeji, who headed the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) between 1975 and 1991. The author also assesses his efforts at promoting economic development and regional integration across Africa, as well as his intellectual contributions to these two fields.
This chapter assesses the thinking of Kenyan political scientist, Ali Mazrui, focusing particularly on his idea of “The Triple Heritage” (Africa’s indigenous, Western, and Islamic legacies) and the post-colonial “African Condition” in a perpetual quest for a self-generated development and security paradigm.
This chapter assesses the philosophical thoughts of Bissau Guinean revolutionary, Amilcar Cabral, who was greatly influenced by Fanon. Rabaka analyses Cabral’s critical theories of revolutionary decolonization and revolutionary re-Africanization.
This chapter examines the contributions of Amy Ashwood Garvey – the wife of Marcus Garvey – to the Universal Negro Improvement and Conservation Association and African Communities Imperial League; her feminist activism; and her travels to Africa and the Caribbean.
This chapter examines one of the early champions of African democracy: the only black Nobel prize winner in economics, St. Lucia’s Fabian intellectual, William Arthur Lewis. She assesses Lewis’s economic theories, his role as the economic adviser to Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, and his calls for multi-party democracy in Africa’s diverse states.
This chapter investigates how Jamaican musician, Bob Marley, used reggae – inspired by Marcus Garvey’s Pan-Africanism – as a weapon for preaching a liberation gospel advocating the decolonization of Southern Africa and the unity of Africa and its Diaspora.
This chapter examines the Pan-African peacemaking of Africa’s first UN Secretary-General, Egypt’s Boutros Boutros-Ghali between 1992 and 1996, including his conflict management efforts in Angola, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Rwanda, and his landmark 1992 An Agenda For Peace report.
This chapter examines the work of a pioneering Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, on women’s liberation and themes of the Diaspora that she explored through novels that drew heavily from her own life experiences.
This chapter assesses the activist career of Trinidadian scholar, C.L.R James, who was a pioneering voice in post-colonial studies. James was also a political activist who focused centrally on subaltern studies. His 1938 Black Jacobins - a classic of the Haitian revolution – is examined.
This chapter assesses the career of St. Lucian Nobel literature-winning playwright and poet, Derek Walcott, through an examination of some of his key texts, including an analysis of his discomfort with the proponents of “Black Power” in the 1960s and 1970s.