This volume collects a series of essays, some of which were originally presented at the Africa 2000 conference that was held at Hofstra University on October 12 through 14, 1995. The conference was dedicated to the struggle of the Ogoni people and to Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was executed in Port Harcourt ( Nigeria) on November 5 of the same year.
The conference, sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, brought together scholars, political activists, and artists to discuss the future of Africa at a very crucial moment in the continent's history. The present volume completes the task with the incorporation of new materials directly bearing on the discussion.
African Visions was made possible from its inception by the assistance provided by the Hofstra Cultural Center, the cooperation of the Hofstra Africana Studies Committee, as well as the financial help given by the Dalton School and Hofstra University to whom we owe our deepest gratitude. We want to also thank here the many colleagues that have helped in the process. In particular, we thank Athelene A. Collins-Prince, Judy M. D'Angio, and Rob Leonard.