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. 7, No. 3, September

African American Performers on Early Sound Recordings, 1892-1916
Finding music by African Americans on early phonograph records is more difficult than one might surmise. African American artists rarely performed on early recordings. Racial prejudice may only be a contributing factor. Although African American...
Africology: A Theory of Forces
Introduction Let us begin with the most basic question: What is Africology? This question is akin to asking: What is Physics? What is Chemistry? What is Anthropology? Concerning academic disciplines, the list could go on and on. In response to the...
An Empirical Inquiry to Psychological Variables Constituting Stress: Middle Aged Widows in Rural Communities in Nigeria
Introduction Stress has been defined as a body and mind way of meeting a challenge that leads to a build-up of tension that if not relieved, can cause anxiety-a fear of what might happen even when no threat exists (Missouri Advisory, Council for...
An Iconic Artistic Life: Dale Davis and His Work
Dale Davis is one of the most venerated members of the African American artistic community in Southern California. To many people, his stellar reputation is based primarily on his groundbreaking accomplishments as a gallery owner and co-founder with...
A Review of South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence
A review of South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence by Matthew LeRiche and Matthew Arnold (London: Hurst and Company, 2012. 300 pp., ISBN: 978-0199333400) by Robert Mason, Lecturer, Department of Political Science, British University (Egypt)....
A Review of Theater of the French Caribbean; Traditions and Contemporary Stages
A review of Theater of the French Caribbean; Traditions and Contemporary Stages edited by Stephanie Berard (Coconut Creek, Florida: Caribbean Studies Press, 2013. 332 pp., ISBN: 9781626321762) by Yunina Barbour-Payne (barb4006@neo.tamu.edu), Graduate...
A Review of There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra
A review of There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe (London: Penguin Book, 2012. 352 pp., ISBN: 978-0143124030) by Samuel Oyewole (Samueloyewole47@yahoo.co.uk), Instructor, Department of Political Science; University of Ilorin,...
Civil Society Organizations and Political Party Electoral Engagements: Lessons from the 2008 and 2012 General Elections in Ghana
Introduction The global wave of democratization in the early 1990s has led to profound changes in the politics of West Africa. Apart from dethroning the authoritarian leaders, the political reforms have stimulated relative economic growth and decentralization...
Corruption in Modern-Day Africa: A Possible Remedy
Introduction Terra terram accusat--attributed to Aurelius Ambrosius (ca. 370 CE) in Codex Egberti (980-993 CE) (1) Corruption (2) is not inherently endemic in any particular society. Corruption has often been cited to be a major cause of stalled...
Cultural Solidarity and the Free Space of the Black Fraternity
Introduction From the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, Neoclassicism began to gain popularity among European societies. "Neoclassicism" (1) is the name given to the distinct movement in decorative and visual arts, literature,...
History of Terrorism, Youth Psychology and Unemployment in Nigeria
Introduction Terrorism in Nigeria has taken on a different dimension in the last decades. Although the country is not new to terror-related attacks, its prevalence and the nature of weapons being used by these terror gangs now have created fear...
In Memoriam: Abdulalim A. Shabazz
Abdulalim A. Shabazz (May 22, 1927-June 25, 2014) was a highly respected scholar and the first endowed professor of mathematics at Grambling State University (2007-2014), he has been widely credited with training directly or indirectly nearly half...
Lexical Indices of Authorial Gender Ideology in Sefi Atta's Everything Good Will Come
Introduction The notion of authorial gender ideology within literary discourse has perhaps been informed by the assumption that at virtually every point at which language is used it carries with it the loci of experiences of those who use it. It...
Maghrebian Literature and the Politics of Exclusion and Inclusion
Introduction A lot of issues have been raised on the status of Maghrebian literature (i.e., literature in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, etc.) in the African literary scene. Divergent views on whether it is or not an aspect of African...
Malcolm X, the OAU Resolution of 1964, and Tanzania: Pan-African Connections in the Struggle against Racial Discrimination
Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) made three trips to Africa, first in 1959, and two subsequent trips in 1964. The final two trips culminated in a transformation of his vision of Pan Africanism, the anti-imperialist struggle, and race relations....
Moral Dilemma in Nollywood: Virtue Celebration or Vice Glorification?
Introduction The history of video film in Nigeria portrays a story of what could best be summed up as a celebration of the biblical "he that is down needs fear no fall" because no one believed in it much less expected it to grow, and the video format...
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o Named 2014 American Academy of Arts & Sciences Fellow
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, University of California, Irvine Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has been named a 2014 fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Ngugi is among 204 new fellows and 16 new foreign honorary...
Paul Robeson for Beginners
Paul Robeson for Beginners (For Beginners LLC: Danbury, CT, 2013. 133 pp., ISBN: 978-1-934389-81-2) by Paul Von Blum and illustrated by Elizabeth Von Notias and Ramsess. Reviewed by Aimee Glocke (aimee.glocke@csun.edu) of the Department of Africana...
Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature
Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt: Appropriating Milton in Early African American Literature (Duquesne University Press, 2014, pp.340, ISBN: 978-0-8207-04715) by Reginald A. Wilburn. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This work theorize African American...
Revolutionary African Women: A Review Essay of the Women's War of 1929: A History of Anti-Colonial Resistance in Eastern Nigeria
A review essay on The Women's War of 1929: A History of Anti-Colonial Resistance in Eastern Nigeria (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2011, 914 pp., ISBN 978-1-59460-931-2) by Toyin Falola and Adam Paddock. There is an Amazonian puzzle in Africana...
Situated Negotiations of Gendered Sexualities: Evidence from Young People in Kabba, Nigeria
Introduction This paper examines young people's sexualities within the social and cultural contexts of Nigeria and thus outlines how their sexual negotiations are shaped by the norms of gender-based expectations. This paper does not simply conceptualize...
Symbolism without Substance: From Jena to Ferguson
Remember the Jena Six? Some 15,000 to 20,000 protesters went to Jena, Louisiana in 2006 to demonstrate against injustice. After all the speeches, threats, marches, and church rallies, the people went home and nothing really changed. The prosecutors...
Telling and Retelling of Each Story: From the Maghreb to Madagascar
Mr. Vice Chancellor His Excellency Dr. Carlos Lopes Madam Director Distinguished Scholars and Students Ladies and Gentlemen My Brothers and Sisters, It is a tremendous privilege for me to be here with all of you today. For those of...
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland: An Interview with Curator and Director Rick Moss
The following interview was conducted in September 2014 with the Chief Curator and Director Rick Moss, M.A. of the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (Oakland, California, USA) IMZ: First all, thank you Rick for this interview, I know...
Vanhu Vekwedu Vanotya Mwari (Our People Are God-Fearing): The Valorisation of Zimbabwe in Fungisai Zvakavapano-Mashavave's Wenyasha Nde Wenyasha
Introduction The "Zimbabwean crisis", that is, socio-economic and political challenges between 2000 and 2008, witnessed a marked rise in the movement of citizens out of the country into neighbouring countries and beyond. This "Zimbabwean Exodus"...
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