Journal of Pan African Studies

A transdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to an Africological synthesis of African world community studies and research that works to ask questions and seek answers to critical contemporary and historical issues, based on an affirmative African centered logic and language of liberation.

Articles from Vol. 3, No. 6, March 15

African Centered Leadership-Followership: Foundational Principles, Precepts, and Essential Practices
Introduction "You can't lead us if you don't love us; you can't save us if you don't serve us." -Cornel West This paper spotlights four inter-locking, synergistic and sociocentric practices that are cornerstones in the conceptual framework...
African Cosmology and the Duality of Western Hegemony: The Search for an African Identity
Introduction The long time colonial relationship between Europe and Africa saw the dehumanization that gave birth to the enslavement of the African people for the sole reason of economic exploitation and the perpetuation of racial and cultural stereotypes....
Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling
Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling Chabal, Patrick. Africa: the politics of suffering and smiling. London: zed, 2009. 212 pp. ISBN: 1842779095 One of the fundamental challenges in the study of "Africans" and "African politics" has...
Avatar: An Extension of White Supremacy
After having viewed the latest box office hit Avatar (http://www.avatarmovie.com), themes which seemingly resonate timelessly, find their expression once again. The story takes place on the distant planet of Pandora. This planet is bountiful in its...
Building Trust in Kenyan Rural Public Health Facilities
Introduction Most Kenyans seem to have lost trust in government institutions as impartial public service providers. For instance, many of them would be astonished to learn that one has obtained a passport or a driver's license without 'knowing someone'...
Corruption in Africa South of the Sahara: Bureaucratic Facilitator or Handicap to Development?
Introduction Corruption may be defined simply as the misuse of entrusted power for private gain (Transparency International 2006). Thus, corruption is the abuse of public office for private benefit. It includes bribery, extortion and other acts...
Dealing with Africom: The Political Economy of Anger and Protest
Introduction The African continent has shifted from the periphery towards the center of international concern. Africa has entered radar screen of the United States as a strategic military and economic interest. Despite the fact that security and...
Donna Marcia Wells: Prints and Photographs Librarian, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Donna Marcia Wells (1953-2009) was the Prints and Photographs Librarian at Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center from 1993 until June 2009, when she left the University to pursue a variety of independent professional...
H. E. Professor John Evans Atta Mills
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] H. E. Professor John Evans Atta Mills, the President of the Republic of Ghana was born at Tarkwa on July 21st, 1944. He hails from Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region. Prof Mills launched a lifelong learning at Achimota Secondary...
Imari Abubakari Obadele
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Imari Abubakar Obadele (1930-2010) was co-founder of the Malcolm X Society (1967) and the Republic of New Africa (1968). In 1971 as provisional president of the Republic of New Africa (RNA), he and ten other members of the...
Jeune Afrique 1961-1971: U.S. Race Relations
In this article, the authors look back at the African perspective on U.S. race relations in the 1960s through the lens of Jeune Afrique, a major source of news for the African continent, particularly francophone Africa. A careful reading of Jeune Afrique...
Leadership: Critical African Politics
Welcome to another edition of The Journal of Pan African Studies (JPAS). This issue, like many of our past issues, engages the African world in a trans-disciplinary fashion. We begin with sincere thanks for the life and afterlife of our recent ancestors,...
Looking Back/Moving Forward: The Future of Africana/Black Studies
April 15-17, 2010 Africana Studies and Research Center, Multi-Purpose Room Cornell University, 310 Triphammer Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850. Tel: 607-255-4625; Fax: 607-255-0784. e-mail: africana@cornell.edu In celebration of its 40th anniversary,...
Negotiating the African Presence: Rastafari Livity and Scholarship Rastafari Conference 2010
August 17-20, 2010 University of the West Indies Mona Overview 2010 will mark 50 years since the "Report on The Rastafari Movement in Kingston, Jamaica" was first published by the then University College of the West Indies. The Report, authored...
On Pursuit of the Purpose of Life: The Shona Metaphysical Perspective
Introduction The question whether life on earth has a purpose or not has always been central in the history of humanity since time immemorial. It has been considered by Albert Camus (1981) to be one of the most profound and critical of all metaphysical...
Power and Womanhood in Africa: An Introductory Evaluation
Introduction The leadership roles women have played in the development of various African societies cannot be underestimated. The contributions of women towards the social, economic, political and educational developments of African societies cannot...
President Barack Obama: Barack H. Obama Is the 44th President of the United States
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] His story is the American story--values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in...
Re-Examining Current Paradigms and Concepts: Rural Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Poverty Alleviation in Africa
Introduction It is a truism that terms such as rural development, environmental sustainability, and poverty alleviation are poorly defined and elusive. At best, they represent desired end states. Earlier paradigms of development were largely Keynesian...
Religious Studies Scholarship in Nigeria: The Professional Ethics Imperative
Introduction The need for professional ethics in several professions such as medicine, nursing, computer, accountancy financial management, information systems among others (Chadwick, 1998) has received much attention in scholarly and non-scholarly...
Rex Nettleford
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ralston Milton "Rex" Nettleford (February 3, 1933-February 2, 2010) was a Jamaican scholar, social critic, choreographer, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, and most recently, he was a professor...
Secretary-General Designates Stevie Wonder: United Nations Messenger of Peace
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints Stevie Wonder as a messenger of Peace at UN headquarters in New York on December 4, 2009. New York (Press Release, Note No. 6234, Department of Public Information * News and Media...
Some Segmental Phonological Processes Involving Vowels in Nambya: A Preliminary Descriptive Account
Finally, this study is expected to provide an impetus for further descriptive and theoretical exploration of these processes and other aspects of Nambya grammar. This is important considering the fact that the United Nations (UN) is currently advocating...
Surveillance over a Zone of Conflict: Africom and the Politics of Securitisation of Africa
Introduction In the current securitisation discourse the interactions between the powerful nations of the North and Africa are marked by shifting politics within which the African continent is approached as a terrain of risk, fear and threat to...
The Black Panthers and the Assassination of Fred Hampton
Haas, Jeffrey, The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther. Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2009, 424 pp. ISBN-13: 9781556527654. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the morning of December 4, 1969, lawyer...
The Ethiopian State: Authoritarianism, Violence and Clandestine Genocide
"Modern" Ethiopia has been created and maintained through the achievement of external legitimacy. As the European colonial powers such as Great Britain, France, and Italy enabled the Abyssinian (Amhara-Tigray) warlords to create the modern Ethiopian...
The Rainbow Nation: Conscience and Self Adjudication for Social Justice, Governance and Development in the New South Africa
The colonialists branded Africa as the Dark Continent. When they brought the sun with them to shine on the continent and the darkness was dispersed, they deliberately instituted systems of rule that propagated the dehumanization of Africans in any...
Tommy Jacquette-Halifu
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tommy Jacquette-Halifu (1943-2009) was a co-founder of the annual Watts Summer Festival in 1966, a founding member of the organization Us, executive director of the Watts Summer Festival for over 40 years, a highly-respected...
'We Are Now Called upon to Implement Our Manifesto'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The address by His Excellency Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma on the occasion of his inauguration as the fourth President of the Republic of South Africa. Issued by The Presidency, Union Buildings (title selected by this publication)....
Williams, Zachery. in Search of the Talented Tenth: Howard University Public Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race, 1926-1970
Williams, Zachery. In Search of the Talented Tenth: Howard University Public Intellectuals and the Dilemmas of Race, 1926-1970. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2009, pp.264. ISBN 978-0-8262-1862-9. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From the 1920s...