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. 4, No. 9, January 15

'Africa Must Unite:' Vindicating Kwame Nkrumah and Uniting Africa against Global Destruction
The image of Africa in the present global economy and society is one of a continent at odds with itself. Within the continent are armed conflicts such as those in Somalia, The Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo,...
Beyond the Ideology of 'Civil War': The Global-Historical Constitution of Political Violence in Sudan
It is commonplace to characterise political violence and war in Africa as 'internal', encapsulated in the apparently neutral term 'civil war'. Usage of this problematic notion is "partly habitual" but the concept of 'civil war' "might also be ideologically...
Criminology and Colonialism: Counter Colonial Criminology and the Canadian Context
Introduction Biko Agozino opened his book with an adapted epigraph from Kwame Nkrumah. He replaced "finance capital" with "criminology". In part it reads: The signs of the times are a 'general enthusiasm regarding the prospects of imperialist reason,...
Enemies to Allies: The Dynamics of Rwanda-Congo Military, Economic and Diplomatic Relations
Since 1994, the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been beset by prolonged instability and violence. Triggered by the events in neighbouring Rwanda--specifically, the war that was launched in 1990 in the north which ended...
Fifty Years of Kiswahili in Regional and International Development
Introduction Kiswahili is a language of the Niger-Congo family which Ethnologue has classified as ISO 6393: SWA (Lewis 2009). It is a lingual franca in Eastern Africa and Central Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda Burundi and Democratic Republic...
From Colonization to Globalization the Political and Intellectual Legacies of Kwame Nkrumah
Once again, Africa is the site of political ferment and external power interference. Recent events in the north of Africa, starting with Tunisia, then Egypt and leading to the so called "Arab-Spring" has reinforced the pivotal role this continent...
From Nkrumah to NEPAD and Beyond: Has Anything Changed?
Introduction Kwame Nkrumah's foresight lay in his understanding that historical and global patterns of exploitation would not be easily broken in post-independence Africa. Given that understanding of Africa's situation, many of his policies, from...
From the Temples of Egypt to Emperor Haile Selassie's Pan-African University: A Short History of African Education
This article represents an attempt at a general history of African education from ancient times to the modern day efforts made at institutionalizing 'Pan-African' education (Marah 1989). As all general history, emphasis is placed on sweeping, Pan-African...
Kwame Nkrumah's Mission and Vision for Africa and the World
Introduction Kwame Nkrumah's mission in the world was to dismantle colonialism in Africa. His vision was the restoration of the dignity that was lost as a result of slavery and colonialism to enable the African to function freely in the coming unified...
Pan-African Conferences, 1900-1953: What Did 'Pan-Africanism' Mean?
The 1900 Pan-African Conference The conference held in London in 1900 was the work of Henry Sylvester Williams--a Trinidadian then in London working to qualify as a barrister. (1) Williams, the son of immigrant parents from Barbados, grew up in...
Perennial Challenges to African Independence and the Nagging Essentials of African Liberation
A little more than 50 years ago, a man that the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) African listenership would later vote as 'the African of the Millennium', declared to a rousing crowd of delegates from independent territories, dependent territories,...
Reclaiming Our Africanness in the Disaporized Context: The Challenge of Asserting a Critical African Personality
INTRODUCTION As African peoples we cannot speak of a critical Pan-African personality today without first appreciating what we mean by an African identity. In a forthcoming paper (Dei 2011) I have argued for reclaiming an authentic African identity...
Sovereignty and the African Union
Introduction In his book, Africa Must Unite, Kwame Nkrumah argued that complete political and economic independence in Africa was threatened by neocolonialism and only through solidarity could freedom be achieved. Nkrumah recognized that African...
The Character of Kwame Nkrumah's United Africa Vision
Structure for Peace The structure for peace as a doctrine in world affairs has largely been left to European thinkers and politicians, with little attention paid to ideas from Africans. Yet it is clear that while Africans have looked to more practical...
The Epiphany of Ubuntu in Knowledge Development: An African Way
The Significance of African Knowledge as the Key to the Progress of African Nursing Practice My thoughts about the significance of African knowledge were developed during my study of Nursing Theory Development Course (NURS 600), which was part of...
The Intellectual and Political Legacies of Kwame Nkrumah
The first intellectual legacy Nkrumah bequeathed is his employment of the conceptual tool of neo-colonialism and its corollary of class analysis. Nkrumah defined neo-colonialism as follows: "The essence of neo-colonialism is that the State which...
The Role of the Decolonization Committee of the United Nations Organization in the Struggle against Portuguese Colonialism in Africa: 1961-1974
Background In the fifteenth century, Portugal began a process of extending the territories under its control, a process through which it achieved dominance over territories geographically spread out, and with which it maintained distinct relationships....
The United States Peace Corps as a Facet of United States-Ghana Relations
Introduction The diplomatic relations that existed between the United States (US) and Ghana in the late 1950s and 60s centered mostly on the three issues: The Peace Corps, the Volta River Project and the personality of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the communist--branded...
Welcome Address at the Opening Ceremony of the Kwame Nkrumah International (KNIC) Conference
Thank you all Seema, Farhad, and John for the kind words. While I would reserve my thanks to the long list of helpers and enablers to the closing ceremony, I cannot resist the temptation to thank my colleague, Dr. Frances Chiang, who more than anyone...
Women and Democratization in West Africa: The Case of Cercle d'Autopromotion Pour le Developpement Durable
Acknowledgements: The author wishes to thank Judith Teichman (University of Toronto), who's comments helped to improve the work. Introduction Women's empowerment within society is more successful when accomplished through gradual and pragmatic...

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