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. 1, No. 9, August

Abdul Rahman Mohamed Babu: Politician, Scholar and Revolutionary
Abdul Rahman Mohamed Babu (1924-1996) was a politician, scholar and writer, but above all he was a revolutionary who for nearly forty years was at the frontline of struggles against oppression, always seeking to create a progressive politics of the...
Africa and the New World Order: Voices and Ways of Liberation in Armah's Osiris Rising
Since the late 1980s, a new world order has been established with the end of the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the official end of Apartheid, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of the insolent supremacy of Western capitalism and...
"A Ghetto Education Is Basic": (Jamaican) Dancehall Masculinities as Counter-Culture
"Out of Many, One People"--Jamaican National Motto "One Nation Under God"--American Pledge of Allegiance Introduction This essay examines the constructions of nationalism and history in Jamaica. It juxtaposes Dancehall's re-reading and subversion...
Beyond the Odds of the Red Hibiscus: A Critical Reading of Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus
But my memories did not start at Nsukka. They started before, when all the hibiscuses in our front yard were a startling red. (Purple Hibiscus, 16) Introduction Charles Nnolim (2005) (1) explains critically that the third generation of writers...
Canadian NGOs and Grass Roots Leadership/ Democracy in Ghana
Presented at the Ghana Golden Jubilee Symposium, Kwantlin University College, Vancouver, BC. Introduction: Grass roots leadership and democracy in Gold Coast's independence struggles provide an important key to understanding the success and failures...
Dismantling the History of Slavery and Colonization in the Poetry of Mohamed Al-Fayturi and Langston Hughes
Introduction In "The Politics of Post Coloniality", Aijaz Ahmad celebrates the efforts to designate the contemporary literature of Africa as post-colonial and thus , to make it available for being read according to the protocols that metropolitan...
Edward Brathwaite's the Arrivants and the Trope of Cultural Searching
One major thematic strand runs through the poetry of Edward Brathwaite--this is a quest for identity, an attempt to come to terms with a past that was overwhelming in itself "and still remains overwhelming in its undesirable intrusion into the present"...
Ghana at Fifty Symposium: British Columbia, Canada
(A JPAS Internal Editorial) "If we do not formulate plans for unity and take active steps to form a political union, we will be fighting and warring among ourselves with the imperialists and colonialists standing by behind the screen and pulling...
Ghana-Canada Relations: 50 Years of Friendship: What Next? Keynote Address
It is my privilege and honour to give the keynote address at this symposium on the relations that have existed between Ghana and Canada over the past 50 years. As Ghana's official representative to Canada in charge of the interests of Ghana in Canada,...
Ghanaian-Canadian Woman: Contributions, Challenges & Prospects
Excellencies, Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, today I have been asked to address the contributions, challenges and prospects of the Ghanaian-Canadian woman. I will start with a few of the challenges facing Ghanaian-Canadian, namely social...
Global Peace Leadership Summit: Preliminary Abstracts
The African Diaspora Foundation and The Western Hemisphere African Diaspora Network (in association with United States International (Indochina) Mission, Youth for Human Rights International, the African Marketplace & Cultural Faire, the African...
Happy Birthday, Ghana!
Excellencies, members of Parliament, members of the Ghanaian community in Canada, ladies, gentleman and friends of Ghana; It is a great privilege for me to be here in Surrey and speaking at an event that marks not only a momentous occasion in Ghana's...
Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana and Africa's Global Destiny
Almost a century ago, in the small village of Nkroful in the Western region of Ghana, a child was born. The event passed, as in the case of many children, as an ordinary event. And, as in many African families, the parents of this child did not even...
Kwame Nkrumah, the Big Six, and the Fight for Ghana's Independence
Ghana's 50th independence anniversary has come at the confluence of several monumental events, including the 200th anniversary of the official abolition of slavery, International Women's Day, which was marked on March 8, and International Day for the...
Making a Case for Reparations
Introduction Reparations is one of the most misunderstood topics in recent years, and it is gradually becoming an area where even some angels fear to trend. There are now protagonists and antagonists of reparations all over the world, and it has...
Multi-Media Received
Cheikh Anta Diop: An Intellectual Portrait by Molefi Kete Asante. A biographical portrait of Cheikh Anta Diop (1923-1986), a Senegalese historian, anthropologist, physicist, sociologist and linguist who via a interdisciplinary construct placed the...
Precepts for Tenure Ethics in Yoruba Egungun (Masquerade) Proverbs
Introduction: Yoruba (1) Egungun Tradition The Egungun festival (2) is always full of sights and sounds that give immense entertainment to all spectators, both indigenes and visitors in every community where it is held. This is however not what...
Recurrent Themes in the Poetry of Yoruba Female Writers
Introduction Toril Moi noted that as early as 1971 Elaine Showalter (as quoted by Register: 1975) called on critics to examine the works of female writers in order to have a deep knowledge of their arts (p. 50). Also, there is a need to re-enfranchise...
The United Nations and Development: An African Priority
Excellencies, Dear Friends: This has been a chequered decade for development, but an extraordinary one for the UN's role in development. When I took office in 1997, official development assistance had been declining for more than a decade. Funding...
Yabis: A Phenomenon in the Contemporary Nigerian Music
Introduction Yabis is the noun of the Pidgin English word "Yab" (which literarily means to make fun of a person or a thing). The etymology of the word "Yab" is almost difficult to trace. But, in terms of its sound, two English words that come to...

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