Africa

A scholarly journal devoted to the study of African societies and cultures. Editorial emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach to African studies by the inclusion of topics in social sciences, history, the environment, and life sciences. Each i

Articles from Vol. 80, No. 1, Winter

Customary Transfers and Land Sales in Cote d'Ivoire: Revisiting the Embeddedness Issue
ABSTRACT The article offers an empirical perspective regarding customary land sales in Cote d'Ivoire, focusing on their socio-political embeddedness as well as on the implications of such processes for the content of the rights and duties transferred....
Family Values, Land Sales and Agricultural Commodification in South-Eastern Ghana
ABSTRACT It is argued that land shortage and the decline of new frontier areas results in increasing conflicts over rights to land and to labour. This constrains land sales and agricultural land becomes increasingly transferred though sharecropping...
Forbidden but Not Suppressed: A 'Vernacular' Land Market in Svosve Communal Lands, Zimbabwe
ABSTRACT This article examines the status of land tenure in Zimbabwe following the 'Fast Track' land reforms of 2000-3. It finds that post-reform land tenure remains strongly dualist, with land sales and rental prohibited on the land (about two...
For Kay Williamson from Her Neighbour
For twenty-five years at the University of Port Harcourt, Kay Williamson was my campus neighbour; and I could not have asked for a better one. As I used to tease her sometimes, my only problem with her was the high standards she set in her life; standards...
Fractured Governance and Local Frictions: The Exclusionary Nature of a Clandestine Land Market in Southern Zambia
ABSTRACT This article explores the ways in which efforts to expand private land tenure, coupled with the continued centrality of customary land administration in Zambia, produce a fractured system of land governance in which localized markets for...
II 'Cultural Officer' at Home and Abroad: Oloye Adebayo Ogunrinu Ogundijo, 1939-2005
ON THE CAREER OF A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TEACHER TURNED ORISA PRIEST His friends addressed him as Oloye (Titleholder) and as Bayo. He was deeply rooted in the world-views, folk classifications of living beings, healing practices and social mores of modern...
III the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Maccido (1926-2006)
Sultan Muhammadu Maccido patterned his conduct on the example of Sultan Abubakar III. Interviewed in August 1988 he spoke frankly of his admiration for his father: The Sultan is so open. People go there to eat with him, or meet in a small group...
I John Middleton (1921-2009)
On 27 February 2009 John Middleton died in New Haven, Connecticut, a week after falling and striking his head; he had never regained consciousness. He had taught a seminar on Africa at Yale University earlier on the day he fell. After his death Media...
Intra-Family and Socio-Political Dimensions of Land Markets and Land Conflicts: The Case of the Abure, Cote d'Ivoire
ABSTRACT This article is a contribution to reflection on the question of land markets in Africa. Based on a case study of Abure society (Cote d'Ivoire), the article emphasizes, first, the relation between the intra-family dimension of land rights...
Introduction: Interpreting Land Markets in Africa
Questions about land markets are central to development policy, as underlined recently in the 2008 World Development Report (World Bank 2007: 9). In particular, markets in which land rights are transferred on a temporary or permanent basis are seen...
Is Land Inalienable? Historical and Current Debates on Land Transfers in Northern Ghana
ABSTRACT The article traces the history of debates on land transfers in northern Ghana and discusses the ways in which African and European views on land tenure influenced and instrumentalized each other. Using the case of Nandom in the Upper West...
IV Yusufu Bala Usman (1945-2005)
The intellectual community in Nigeria received with great shock the news of the death of Dr Yusufu Bala Usman on 24 September 2005. Indeed, the shock went beyond the intellectual community or the Nigerian nation because Dr Yusufu Bala Usman was not...
V Kay Ruth M. Williamson (1935-2005) Her Life and Work
Kay Ruth M. Williamson was born in Hereford, Britain, on 26 January 1935. She obtained a BA and an MA in English Language and Literature from St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1956 and 1960 respectively. She completed her PhD in Linguistics at Yale University...