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. 68, No. 4, Fall

African History and Imperial Culture in Colonial Nigerian Schools
ABSTRACT Evaluations of colonial education policy tend to treat it as a tool for applying imperial ideology, which--among other things--denied the Africans their past. This study of the debate about history education in southern Nigeria in the 1930s...
Book Notes
BILL FREUND, The Making of Contemporary Africa: the development of African Society since 1800, second edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998, 352 pp., 45.00 [pounds sterling], ISBN 0 333 69871 1 hard covers; 14.99 [pounds sterling], ISBN 0 333 69872...
Communal Tenure in Zimbabwe: Divergent Models of Collective Land Holding in the Communal Areas
ABSTRACT This article discusses the historical construction of land tenure patterns in the Communal Areas of Zimbabwe, previously the Reserves of colonial Rhodesia. In many respects the form of communal tenure found in the Communal Areas today emerged...
Locating the Politics of a Sierra Leonean Chiefdom
ABSTRACT The chiefdoms of Sierra Leone are institutions of colonial origin but nevertheless continue to serve as local government units in the post-colonial state. The prevailing view among scholars is that these institutions have little basis in...
Style in Modern Nigerian Art Music: The Pioneering Works of Fela Sowande
ABSTRACT The Nigerian musical landscape changed significantly following the advent of Christian missionary activity and British colonial administration in the later nineteenth century. New idioms of musical practice which have evolved as a result...
The Colonial Encapsulation of the Northwestern Namibian Pastoral Economy
ABSTRACT The inhabitants of Kaokoland, Himba and Hereto, have recently gained prominence in the discussions concerning a controversial hydro-electric power scheme in their region. They are depicted as southern Africa's `most traditional pastoralists'...
Violence and the War of Words: Ethnicity V. Nationalism in the Casamance
ABSTRACT Since 1982 the Mouvement des forces democratique casamancais has been fighting for the independence of the Casamance region of Senegal. In 1989, when the Mouvement initiated a sustained military campaign, Senegal's official and independent...